Taco Puffs

TACO PUFFS

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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TACO PUFFS

Another way to celebrate taco Tuesday, with taco puffs!

We absolutely LOVE taco Tuesday in our house. In fact, we celebrate it pretty much on a weekly basis because there are just so many options when it comes to tacos. So here’s my take on a taco appetizer, taco puffs! A great two-bite mouthful of taco meat in crunchy puff pastry. The perfect appetizer for your next event.

Taco puffs

Now, if you’ve been following my blog you know that I love to come up with recipes from the ingredients I have in my kitchen. Well, these taco puffs are no exception. We had some Mexican flavoured sausages that I needed to use, so this is what I came up with! If it weren’t for the sausages, I would have probably stuck with ground beef or an imitation ground beef as my taco filling. All in all these tasty little taco cups were a great little treat, especially when topped with some homemade pico de gallo!

Want to make your own Pico de Gallo topping? Click here for the recipe!

Taco Puffs

Taco Puffs

Instead of a taco shell, enjoy this puff pastry filled with taco meat
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 12 pieces

Equipment

  • Muffin baking pan
  • Medium pan

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Mexican sausages taken out of the sausage skin; or 1 lb of ground beef/imitation ground beef
  • 24 g Old El Paso Taco Seasoning or 1 packet
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions
 

  • In a pan, heat olive oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper and sauté for another minute. Next, add the sausage meat (or alternative) and cook for 7 minutes. Then, turn down to a simmer and add the taco seasoning (following the packet instructions) and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until sauce reduces. Set aside and let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Stack 4 sheets of puff pastry and cut into 6 rectangles. You'll be putting one of those rectangles (4 sheets) into a muffin cup. Fill each cup with 1 tbsp of the taco meat filling. Cut some additional rectangles of puff pasty, using 1 rectangle sheet to cover the meat filling in each taco puff. Lightly coat the tops of each taco puff with the beaten egg. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Once done, let cool for at least 5-10 minutes before serving. Top the taco puff with some pico de gallo and enjoy!

Notes

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Keyword puff pastry, taco, taco puffs

SMOKED SALMON DIP

SMOKED SALMON DIP

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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SMOKED SALMON DIP

The smoked salmon dip that makes you keep coming back for more…

I LOVE dips. It’s probably because I’m such a snacker and I love snacking on a dip. A few crackers here and there will curb my hunger until the next meal. This smoked salmon dip is perfect for parties, so quick to throw together and will sure to be a hit! I mean afterall, using smoked salmon is always sure to impress.

Smoked Salmon Dip

To serve…

To serve this smoked salmon dip, I make my own baked crostini, because frankly, it’s WAY cheaper than buying the store-bought version. A $1 baguette will make about two $4-5 store-bought version crostinis. All you have to do is slice your baguette into 1-1.5 inch pieces. Lightly coat with olive oil and your preferred spices and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 350°F or until lightly browned.

Smoked Salmon Dip

How to make it

It couldn’t be easier to throw this dip together. Simple dice all the ingredients very finely, add them together and mix until well combined! Serve with your own homemade crostini or store-bought crackers and enjoy.

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

A simple but deliciously fresh smoked salmon dip that's sure to impress!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack

Equipment

  • Small bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g smoked salmon diced
  • 2 tsp capers chopped
  • 2 tsp red onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp fresh dill chopped
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese herb and garlic

Instructions
 

  • Finely dice the smoked salmon and red onion. Finely chop the capers and dill.
  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve and serve with your choice of crackers.

Notes

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Keyword dip, salmon, smoked salmon, smoked salmon dip

JALAPENO POPPERS

JALAPENO POPPERS

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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JALAPENO POPPERS

Jalapeno poppers in 2 ways!

Mmmmm, jalapeno poppers! These irresistible cheesy and spicy appetizers are easy to make and sure to impress your friends. Perfect for any celebration like Canada day today or really any event. This simple recipe beats the frozen store-bought version any day!

Jalapeno Poppers

Snacky’s, appy’s, finger food – these jalapeno poppers are the perfect pre-meal appetizer or perfect for your guests to grab and munch on while entertaining. I absolutely love finger food and to be honest, sometimes I’d prefer to have a platter of tasty little eats as opposed to a full proper meal.

Variations…

Here are 2 different ways to create these super yummy jalapeno poppers, bacon wrapped or breaded and deep fried. Both are absolutely delicious, but it really depends on your personal preference, time and the ingredients you have on hand.

The bacon-wrapped option is much quicker and my personal favourite. The breaded version on the other hand adds a crispy crunchy texture that imitates the poppers you’ll find at your local bar or the grocery store. My advice? Try both!

Tips:

  1. Spice level. If you follow the recipe but omit the jalapeno seeds, you’ll end up with a quite mild jalapeno popper. To make spicy jalapeno poppers, add the seeds and more hot sauce!
  2. Jalapenos are generally pretty tame when it comes to spicy peppers, but to be on the safe side, wear gloves while handling them.
  3. When is oil ready for frying? Oil is ready when you can flick some water into it and it starts bubbling immediately.

Want to try some other party favourites?

Smoked Salmon Dip

Taco Puffs

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers, 2 ways

Baked bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and fried panko coated jalapeno poppers.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 poppers

Equipment

  • Deep fryer or oil and a pot
  • Bowl
  • Baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 6 whole jalapenos halved lengthwise
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce I prefer Tabasco or Frank's, but feel free to use your preferred hot sauce.
  • 3 strips bacon cut in half
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Wash and slice the jalapenos lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds of the halved jalapenos and set aside.
  • For the filing: in a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. *For a little spice, add the seeds of 1-2 jalapenos. For a lot of spice, add the seeds of 3-4 jalapenos.
  • Fill each halved jalapeno with the cream cheese filing.
  • For the bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, preheat oven to 400℉. Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap half a slice of bacon around 6 jalapeno pepper halves filled with the filing. Bake at 400℉ for approximately 20 minutes or until bacon fat is rendered and is cooked to your liking. 
  • For the deep fried jalapeno poppers, heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot on medium-high heat. To prepare the remaining 6 jalapeno pepper halves, set up the flour, beaten egg and panko in 3 separate bowls. Dip into the flour, egg, flour, egg, and panko. Fry the breaded jalapeno poppers until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. 

Notes

Each jalapeno makes 2 poppers, so keeping that in mind when portioning out your servings.
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Keyword bacon wrapped, baked good, cream cheese, fried, jalapeno, jalapeno popper, popper