Monday, June 21, 2010

Rollin' rollin' rollin'.....

It appears to me I was on a sweets bender, so I thought I would mix things up with an appetizer recipe I borrowed and then turned into something unrecognizable to the person who gave it to me. Do as I do, not as I bossily say...a good number of my best inventions are a bastardized version of someone's pride and joy, so tinker away and who knows what you'll come up with - could be a winner!

Brought these to a party and about half were gone by the time I had them all on the serving platter - either everyone had the munchies or they were delicious...

Artichoke Parmesan Roll Ups

2 - 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese

4 oz. can chopped black olives
1 can (15 oz?) 1/4'ed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 oz. can chopped jalepeno's* (don't use all if yer wimpy)
1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic granules
8 flour tortilla's, burrito size

Soften cream cheese (or not, I never remember, I just beat the heck out of it before I start). Drain olives and jalepenos, mix with cream cheese, then add artichokes and garlic and beat until well blended. Cut about 1" strip of opposite sides of each flour tortilla so you have straight edges to start and end your roll with, then spread about one eighth of the filling on each tortilla and spread evenly. Roll up tight, cut off the ends (great snacks for the mouth breathers hanging around waiting for one to drop on the floor), then wrap each roll in plastic or foil and refrigerate several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, unwrap and cut in 1.5" slices and arrange on plate. You can serve with salsa for dippin' if you like; the original recipe called for no garlic and a 4 oz. jar of pimentos drained and chopped instead of the artichoke hearts - also mui delicioso. Stand back and wait for applause....or at least to tell people they have salsa on their shirt & cream cheese in their mustache (again, not talking about ME.)

*If you're really wimpy, use canned chopped green chilis instead...but I am really wimpy and I do it with half the jalepenos and just swear a lot while eating 'em. Yes, even more than usual.

Enjoy, I'm rollin' off to bed!

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