Mexican Caprese Tostada Recipe

Easy Mexican inspired appetizer.  .. www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo yum. This summer I have probably eaten my body weight in tomatoes.  I just can’t stop.  I usually eat them with a drizzle of my fave extra virgin olive oil and some basil.  Or with a little mozzarella in standard caprese form. But on my recent trip to Loreto, Mexico I found this sort of Mexican inspired caprese tostada on one of the buffets at Villa del Palmar Loreto.  And I knew I had to recreate it at home.  It is super easy and totally delicious. And probably has its own name but I don’t know what it is. 

Tequila shots and tostadas in Loreto, Mexico at @villadelparmarl  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe shot above was from dinner one night at The Market Restaurant at Villa del Palmar.  The ingredients were fresh, the cheese was a touch salty and the crunch of the tortilla added the perfect texture.  Of course the tequila shot wasn’t bad either. 

Loreto, Mexico Baja California.  The view from @villadelpalmarl // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd when this was your view, you want to keep trying to recreate memories from here for as long as you can!  I will be sharing my full trip soon, I promise! 

Ingredients for a Mexican inspired caprese tostada recipe //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou could easily make your own tostada shells at home by frying your own tortillas.  But I am clumsy and afraid of hot, angry oil so I bought them, ready-made, from the store.  And these Mexican cheeses are pretty readily available in all of my markets so they shouldn’t be too hard to find.  Then it’s just fresh cilantro and Roma tomatoes.

Mexican style caprese salad on a tostada inspired by my recent trip to Loreto, Mexico! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe cotija cheese is salty and the crema is tangy like sour cream.  The fresh flavors of the tomato and cilantro are bold and wonderful.  And who doesn’t love a giant tortilla chip?  If this was a cooking show, now would be the time when I take a huge bite and then try to still have manners while talking with your mouth full and let out an exaggerated, “Mmmmmmmmmm.”

Cucumber margarita with Tajin is perfect with this Mexican caprese tostada. //www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt would go perfect with a margarita.  Just saying. 

Easy appetizer idea for Mexican food.  Mexican caprese tostada recipe.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI just know you are going to love these.  These are a great light snack or accompaniment to tacos, etc.  I bet you could even add some scrambled eggs to it and make it a breakfast treat. Can’t wait to share my Mexican adventure with you soon!

Mexican Caprese Tostada Recipe

Ingredients

  • Pre-made tostada shell (or make your own with corn tortillas)
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp Mexican crema

Instructions

  1. Slice Roma tomatoes in to rounds.
  2. On top of the tostada shell, place tomato slices, cotija cheese and cilantro.
  3. Using a spoon, drizzle on some crema.
  4. Amounts listed above would make between 1-2 tostadas. Increase amounts to make more!
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Garlic Basil Mustard Dip

*This post is not technically sponsored.  French’s sponsored my post the other day about a picnic.  But I also wanted to share the recipe for the dip I made.  So this post isn’t sponsored but I DID use mustard they sent me.  And this photo IS from that sponsored shoot.  Have I covered all my bases?  All opinions are mine.  Full disclosure, I bought almost all pre-cut vegetables.  And then I reused them after the shoot on friends.  There.  Now you know everything. Garlic and Basil Mustard  Veggie Dip.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comVeggies and dip.  Match made in heaven.  But I’m kind of sick of ranch.  And a vinaigrette would have been too messy (I will NOT ruin this blanket.  It’s my new fave. Is it weird to have a special occasion blanket?)  So I decided to modify a recipe for French’s Basil and Garlic Mustard (which I can’t find on their site to link to) and turn it in to a dip.

I  first showed you this dip in my summer picnic post from the other day.  But today, you get the recipe. This Garlic Basil Mustard Dip is super tangy AND creamy with a touch of heat from the garlic and herbaciousness from mi amor basil.  I added some chives for good measure.  A quick squeeze of lemon juice and you’ve got yourself a dip!  Eat with fresh vegetables and behold the wonder that is nature.

Garlic Basil Mustard Dip

Ingredients

  • Adapted from French's Basil and Garlic Mustard recipe
  • 1/2 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 6oz. containers of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
  • Juice of 1/2 of lemon

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. You can leave out the mayo if you are looking for more of a "clean eating" recipe.
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Artichoke Dip Sliders with King’s Hawaiian

*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions and calories consumed are mine.
Simple Artichoke Dip Sliders. Artichoke Dip Sliders.  So good.  I mean, how can they not be?  They are filled with a very popular cheesey dip.  And they are served on Kings Hawaiian rolls.  The only thing that could make these better is if they somehow had chocolate in them.  On second thought, that would probably be kind of gross.

What you need to make the perfect Artichoke Dip Sliders for game day.Chances are you have your own recipe for artichoke dip.  I find this is one of those personal preference things.  But they generally vary only slightly.  Feel free to sub your fave recipe.  Mine is far superior, but that’s ok, go ahead and still make yours…The dip can be made ahead of time.  I love dishes like that for entertaining.  Don’t you?  The King’s Hawaiian rolls are already slider size and have the perfect sweetness to accompany this salty, tangy dip.  I don’t want to get gross, but I’ve been known to eat these Hawaiian rolls, heated in the microwave, with butter, for meals.  Nothing else, just the rolls.  And I love every minute of it.

Isn't artichoke dip the best? Make the dip.  It wouldn’t hurt to make a double batch.  With the leftover dip you can serve it with tortilla chips for those who don’t feel like eating a sandwich at the moment.  Or you could just eat it for breakfast.  The star of this show is the unmarinated artichoke hearts and the garlic.  Oh and the cheese.  These ingredients play really well together.

Super easy and super delicious artichoke dip sliders. Once the dip is all bubbly and golden, you can start making the sliders.  Simply toast the rolls (this will help them to not get soggy as quickly and provide a nice little crunch) then dollop some dip on top.  It is as easy as making, well, a sandwich.

Two of my fave things: artichoke dip and Kings Hawaiian bread.Are you salivating?  You should be.  These are delicious.  Maybe I should start a new blog.  It can be all about making dips in to sandwiches.  I already eat onion dip on my hamburgers so I KNOW that would be good.

Artichoke Dip Sliders.  Perfect for game day

 

These sliders are perfect for game day entertaining but also great for BBQs, weeknight dinner, movie night, baby showers, bat mitzvahs, and Tuesdays.

Artichoke Dip Sliders.  For game day.  Or any day. I have out-of-town guests coming in this weekend.  I should probably make some of this dip and have these rolls on hand to create a fast snack.  Are you going to make these?  You should!

Artichoke Dip Sliders with King’s Hawaiian

Ingredients

  • 2 cans unmarinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian rolls

Instructions

  1. Combine the artichoke hearts, mayo, garlic, Parmesan and Swiss cheese in a 2 1/2 quart, oven-safe, baking dish.
  2. Heat, uncovered for approximately 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
  3. The dip should be bubbly and melted through.
  4. Cut King's Hawaiian rolls in half with a serrated knife.
  5. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up, and broil until golden brown and toasty (approximately 1 minute).
  6. Spoon warm dip on one cut side of King's Hawaiian roll and top with the other half. Serve warm.
  7. Serve any extra dip with tortilla chips. Or spoon it straight in to your mouth.
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Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer

Perfect for holiday entertainingWith all the family gatherings that are bound to happen this holiday season I thought I would share with you one of my favorite appetizer recipes.  This Cheese Ball recipe is super easy to make, transport and shovel in your mouth hole.  I didn’t invent this recipe.  I’ve looked at the internet and seen this and variations of this all over the place.  But this is the one that I like the best so it is what I wanted to share with you.

Best Cheese Ball RecipeThere are not many ingredients so make sure that you use good quality items.  I think the blue cheese makes it for me but I understand that there are some people who think it tastes like feet so if that is you, just leave it out.

add-all-the-cheeses-and-green-onion-600Make sure your cream cheese is softened and then just mush it all together.

Best Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe EverRoll it in a ball (or don’t) roll it in some nuts (or don’t) and eat it with Wheat Thins (I’m sure other crackers would work too but tradition states that you eat it with Wheat Thins.  You don’t want to eff with that do you?)

Cheese Ball and Champagne for holiday entertainingYou know when this cheese ball would work best?  New Year’s Eve.  It can sit out for a while without making all your guests totally sick.  Edible gold stars are like the jazz hands of the food world and really make this cheese ball next level.  Serve with some bubbles and party on.

Best Cheese Ball Ever Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I like to go with sharp cheddar)
  • 1 TBSP chopped green onion
  • 1 TBSP Blue Cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Wheat Thins

Instructions

  1. Combine softened cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix well and chill.
  4. Shape in to a ball and roll in pecan pieces.
  5. Serve with Wheat Thins
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Easy Chocolate Sea Salt Sandwich Dessert Recipe

easy-chocolate-sandwich-appetizer-recipeRemember these amazing little chocolate sea salt sandwiches from my Whiskey post earlier in the week?  Crazy good.  So now I’m going to tell you how to make them.

sea-salt-and-chocolateThe ingredients are simple.  You need a yummy, fresh baguette, good quality dark chocolate, and Maldon Sea Salt.

chopped-dark-chocolateThis is one of those recipes where there is no real recipe.  Make it to your liking.  Turn your oven on to 325 degrees and slice your baguette pretty thinly.  Lay them out on a cookie sheet and give them a quick spray with olive oil.  Toast them up.  Don’t aim to get them too dark you really just want to heat them up enough to get crispy and warm enough to melt the chocolate.

chocolate-on-baguette-slicesWorking quickly on a few at a time, pile on as much or as little chocolate as you would like.  Don’t be stingy, no one is judging you.  And dark chocolate is good for you, right?  Sprinkle on a little sea salt and top with another piece of toast.  Set them back on the warm cookie sheet while you make the rest to help melt the chocolate a bit more.  If you want them melted even more, pop them back in the oven for a minute or two.

chocolate-and-sea-salt-sandwichesYummmmmmmmmmmm.  The crunch and salt sort of remind me of what I love about chocolate covered pretzels.  I’m going to make these again.  Like for breakfast.  And then snacks.  And after dinner.  Totally make these for your friends.  They will like you even more.