Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spicy Jalapeño-Cheddar Rollups

Jon has made it homefrom Freshman Year, and that means I will be experimenting with all kinds of recipes, because, leftovers don't exist when Jon's in the house.
That said, I don't want to spend the entire summer in the kitchen. Upcoming blogs will focus on simple, quick, but tasty recipes for potlucks, appetizers, grilling, and picnics.  It's time to be outside!  

For starters, we'll begin with little flavor explosions: Spicy Jalapeno-Cheddar Roll-ups.

Put these little bites in a tupperware with salsa and hit the beach, pool, family reunion, or apartment-warming party that Jon will have when he returns to Iowa University for Sophomore Year!

Health Note:  Use reduced-fat on whatever you can, ie cream cheese, cheddar cheese and tortillas.  They are plenty flavorful without the additional fat and calories.  And, if you are prepping for a large party, double the recipe and tortillas.

Spicy Jalapeno-Cheddar Roll-ups

Equipment:
Mixing Bowl
Long Knife
Fork
(if you happen to have a food processor--use that in place of the mixing bowl and fork.)

Ingredients:
8-10" tortillas
1 (8oz) Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, room-temperature and softened
1 cup Reduced-Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/4-1/3 cup pickled (Nacho-type) jalapeños, chopped (depending on how hot you like it)
1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1-2 tsp of jalapeño juice
1 squeeze fresh lime juice




Optionals:
1/4 cup black or green olives

Instructions:

1. Wash your hands, especially when making uncooked finger-foods.
2. Combine softened cream cheese, grated cheese, jalapeño & lime juice, and chopped jalapeños until mixed well.
3. Add in green onions.




4. Place a large spoonful of cheese mixture in the middle of a tortilla.
5. Spread to edges.  This should not be a thick layer of cheese or glop!




6. Begin rolling the tortilla into a log.
7. Trim the ends.  
8. Once you have finished rolling the mixture and tortillas.  Chill the logs for 30 minutes.




9. Slice logs into 1/2" rounds and serve with salsa (pineapple-mango, corn-jalapeño or traditional tomato salsa--it's all good)


10. Dig in & Get outside!