Mini Crab Rangoon Tostadas

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Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes all it takes is a new product on the grocery store shelf and BAM…… it’s a great idea. Mini Crab Rangoon Tostadas !

Mini Crab Rangoon Tostadas

Who doesn’t like Crab Rangoon??? Surprise it is not really Oriental ….boo! According to Wikipedia ……Crab Rangoon has been on the menu of the “Polynesian-style” restaurant Trader Vic’s in San Francisco since at least 1956. Although the appetizer is allegedly derived from an authentic Burmese recipe,the dish was probably invented in the United States. A “Rangoon crab a la Jack” was mentioned as a dish at a Hawaiian-style party in 1952, but without further detail, and so may or may not be the same thing.


Mini Crab Rangoon Tostadas
Though the history of Crab Rangoon is unclear, cream cheese, like other cheese, is essentially nonexistent in Southeast Asian and Chinese cuisine, so it is unlikely that the dish is actually of east or southeast Asian origin. In North America, crab Rangoon is often served with soy sauce, plum sauce, duck sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or mustard for dipping. Continue reading “Mini Crab Rangoon Tostadas”

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White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps

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White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps satisfied many a craving for me this past week. Chocolate….check. Pretzels…..check. Caramel……check.

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps
If I don’t quit eating, I’m going to weight a ton! One of the downsides to writing a food blog is, ya gotta eat the stuff you make!! Oh wait ….thats a perk!! Over the past few months, I have had a serious sweet tooth……I’ve had it bad!

Awhile back I made Campfire Cupcakes, they were so cute. Click here for the recipe. Problem was, I only need a few pretzels for the cupcakes, so I had a whole bag of pretzels left. What to do, what to do??


White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps

I remember as a kid, cookies made from chow mien noodles. They were no bake and easy to make. Just a few ingredients……I think they were called Haystacks. Why not make something similar and use up some of those pretzels?

Pretzels dipped in white bark is one of my favorite holiday treats, that salty & sweet taste gets me every time. And guess what? I just happened to have a bag of white chocolate chips just waiting to be made into something yummy.

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps

Something more than crushed pretzel or it would just be crushed pretzels with chocolate….not that there is anything wrong with that. Cereal always makes a good no bake treat and rice crispy treats are always a good thing. Rice Krispies it is!

Just one more thing???? Whoever thought up salted caramel is my hero. I’m sure it is passé in some circles, but I’m a fan for life! I think I have used Kraft Caramel Bits in other recipes on the site, they are the bomb! No unwrapping untold amounts of caramels, just dump what you need into the recipe. They melt with ease or just toss them into a recipe like I did here. They are soft enough to eat ….ok, right out of the bag, but also in your favorite recipe.

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps
I melted the remaining caramel bits and drizzled them over the treats and sprinkled them with a goodly amount of sea salt.

Four ingredients, no baking, just a few minutes of melting and mixing and ta da!! A cookie, candy, sweet & salty treat!

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Crisps
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Ingredients
  • 1-11 ounce bag Ghirardelli White Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup Kraft Premium Caramel Bits from an 11 ounce bag
  • 1 cup pretzels, crushed
  • Coarse sea salt for garnish
Instructions
  1. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions.
  2. Add the Rice Krispies cereal, caramel bits, and crushed pretzels.
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop. Drop by scoopful onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Allow to dry at room temperature until hardened.
  5. Melt the remaining caramel bits according to package directions. Place melted caramel in a ziplock bag being careful as it is very hot. Snip one corner off of the bag and drizzle over hardened crisps. Sprinkle with coarse ground sea salt (I like Pink Himalayan) Allow the caramel to dry and enjoy!
  6. Store leftovers in an air-tight container.

 

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Roasted Cauliflower Croquettes

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Roasted Cauliflower Croquettes takes roasted cauliflower to the next level. Cauliflower is still the veggie du jour and after I roasted it for the first time….my heart be still <3  

Roasted Cauliflower Croquettes

There is a Japanese dish, called okonomiyaki that has shown up quite a bit lately on my Pinterest feed……..I was intrigued.
Okonomiyaki, are basically cabbage pancakes. They vary from region to region, but it’s basically  a cabbage, flour, eggs, and green onion pancake.
Translation of the name means “how you like” or “what you like” and did we ever like! Except I liked cauliflower instead of cabbage.


Roasted Cauliflower Croquettes

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