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 !
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.
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”
Pinwheels are a super popular appetizer and made in so many different forms. Antipasto Pinwheels are my version.
Sometimes, I just like to have snacks for dinner. Especially on a warm summer night when you really don’t want to cook. A nice tray of Italian meats and cheeses……you know antipasto. Loaf of Italian bread, a glass of your favorite beverage…….kick back and relax.
So, why not everything in a nice neat pinwheel? But of course…….
Flour tortillas spread with a cream cheese mixture loaded with sun-dried tomato, red onion, Italian seasonings, and black olive paste.
I chose the paste so the mixture would be smooth, but you can use chopped black olives. You will need more than a teaspoon as the paste has a very intense flavor. A teaspoon of the paste sounds like a small amount but resist the temptation to add more or it will over power all the other flavors.
A package of assorted Italian meats pre sliced makes this so very easy….my mix had salami, prosciutto, coppa, and sopressata.
A nice provolone cheese, and baby spinach on top of the meats for some greens.
I like to use spinach as it doesn’t get as soggy as some lettuces will. Especially since you can make these ahead, store them in the frig until you are ready.
Roll them as tightly as you can and slice. I used frilly picks for a little something pretty…..we eat with our eyes!
A nice white platter on top a red checked table cloth, your favorite beverage……maybe try our Pomegranate Mascoto Sangria, and your are ready for al fresco Italian style…….Antipasto Pinwheels.