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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Mexican Fiesta!

Your complete Guide

Yay!! It is Summer!! Time for Parties!! 

On the Menu
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Cheese Quesadillas
Frozen Margaritas
& Sombreros

Summer Reunions are the best. Love getting back in touch with family and old friends. Take it from me, Nothing like a Mexican Night for summer reunions!! They are casual relaxed gatherings that are full of fun! Everyone will love the food and of course the drinks :)

You can go simple, prepare the food, place on a central table and your guests can munch away as they mingle throughout the night. Or you can go all out with a themed party, choosing vibrant colourful linen, topped with themed or colourful flatware. Use cactus, Sombreros, shakers and margarita pitchers as centre pieces. You can even hire mexican performers to play music and dance. This party will be the talk of the town for a long time! Mexican Nights are real good fun!

Here are some inspirations for you
To carry out a Mexican Theme, all you have to do is
go for vibrant colours, Use things like clay pots, cactus,
Sombreros and Margaritas
in your set up.

Mexican performers can light up any event! If not going for
this option, get inspired by the colours and patterns
of their dresses to use in your theme.

When it comes to Mexican food, there are many preparations that are famous around the whole the world! there is an abundance of choice. Mexican food can be a bit spicy, especially for those who are not used to chilies and spicy food. The best hosts are those who think of everyone, and for that it is best to prepare 2 versions of spicy foods. One spicy as it should be and another milder version for those who do not like spicy. It is this attention to details that sets you apart as a host and ensures all your guests are happy.

I have chosen the most famous Mexican recipes to include in this post, as these are recipes that come in handy for home entertaining any time. Be it an extravagant Mexican Fiesta or just a gathering at home with friends, these are recipes that make entertaining very simple and a lot of fun. Whenever I want to whip up something quick for my girls night, or when my hubby and I decide on a last minute get together, these are the platters I go for. Try them out you will love them.

For the health conscious, you do not have to break your diet for this night. Guacamole and tomato salsa are essentially vegetables. It is like having a salad, just in small bites. Pair that with toasted Low-fat / Low-carb tortillas and you are seriously not harming your diet. Avocados are very healthy and so are tomatoes, which are full of antioxidants. Take it easy on the Margaritas and you are doing well. What can be better?

Makes 2 cups
The traditional way of making Guacamole is done in a mortar and pestle. It is a flavoursome way to make it as when you grind the ingredients together with mortar and pestle you gradually release their aromas making them more pungent. If you do not have one, then you can chop the vegetables very finely, and mash the avocados with a fork separately, then mix them in.

You Need
4 ripe Avocados, mashed
3 firm tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1-2 green chilies, finely chopped or bashed into paste
1 large clove garlic, finely minced or bashed into paste
2 tbsp, finely chopped coriander or parsley
Juice of 3 small limes
Salt & Black pepper to taste
1 tsp olive oil

If using Mortar and pestle, bash together garlic, salt, and chili till it forms a paste. Add avocados and mash, mixing with the chili paste.
Transfer all to mixing bowl, mix with the chopped tomatoes, onions, and lime juice. Season and add 1/2 the chopped coriander, mix to incorporate. Transfer to serving bowl, sprinkle olive oil and the remaining half of the chopped coriander. serve cold with tortilla crisps or toasted low-carb tortillas.
Serving Suggestion  for variation, you can serve guacamole in the mortar and pestle, or you can reserve the avocado skin and place the guacamole in it.

Fresh Tomato Salsa
Makes 2 cups
It is best to use firm tomatoes that are not very ripe yet, as they lend their tangy flavour. For colour go for a mix of fresh red, yellow and green tomatoes.

You Need
Juice of 1 fresh tomato
6 firm fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno chili, finely chopped or
1-2 green chilies, finely chopped (remove seeds for a milder taste)
Juice of 2 small limes
1 tbsp finely chopped corriander
Salt & black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together, and place in serving plate. Serve cold with tortilla crisps or toasted low-carb tortillas.

Serving Suggestion  for variation, place the tomato salsa in a small ball that fits in a tortilla cup. Place crisps all around the tortilla cup. You can go for different colour crisps.

Vegetarian Nachos
Serves 6
Nachos are everyone's favourite! You can add Chile to Nachos for a meaty version. This is a vegetarian version for a lighter cocktail night option. You can go for different colour tortilla crisps.

You Need
6 cups your preferred Tortilla crisps
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup Tomato Salsa (recipe above)
3 tbsp pickles jalapeno slices
1 1/2 cups shredded spicy Colby Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese or a mix of both
3 tbsp fresh corriander, finely chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 ripe avocado, finely mashed
1/2 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup tomato Salsa extra
Salt & Black pepper

Preheat oven to 360F. Spread the crisps on oven proof serving dish.
In a small bowl, combine beans, chopped onions and tomato salsa, mix and spoon over the crisps. It is best to alternate layers of crisps and bean topping. top with pickled jalapeno slices. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or till the cheese is melted.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sour cream and 2 tbsp chopped coriander. Set aside.

For Mashed Avocado Dip: In a separate bowl, mix mashed avocado, minced garlic, finely chopped chili, chopped coriander and lime juice. Set aside.

To serve, you can either top the ready Nachos with the cream mixture and avocado, or place all accompaniments in small bowls next to the nachos. Serve warm.

Spicy Cheese Quesadillas
Serves 6
Along with the cheese, you can also fill these with cooked sliced chicken, chile, bacon, or turkey. Whichever way you go, serve alongside Sour cream, Mashed Avocado dip & Tomato Salsa.

You Need

6 Your choice of round whole Tortillas
1 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 tbsp sliced pickled jalapenos
3 tbsp chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix shredded cheeses together, and sprinkle over 1 half of each tortilla round. top with pickled jalapeno, spring onions, and meats if using. fold tortilla in half, pressing it gently not to break it.

Place a skillet over medium heat and cook quesadillas one at a time on both sides till lightly browned. Place on baking sheet and bake in oven till cheese is totally melted. Cut each quesadilla in half and serve along side salsa, sour cream and avocado dip.

Frozen Margaritas 
Frozen Margarita
Serves 4
What mexican Party is complete without Margaritas?!! What Summer is Summer without Margaritas? Whether on the pool, in a party, or a sunset fun, Margaritas are great! here is the best Frozen Margarita recipe ever!! If you wish to go for Margarita non-frozen, then replace crushed ice with ice cubes, and shakke it instead of blend it ;) Follow this link for Virgin Margarita, and other Virgin Refreshing Beverages.

You Need
3 fl oz Lemonade
3 fl oz lime-aide
2 fl oz Fresh Orange juice
6 fl oz Tequila
2 fl oz Triple sec
Crushed ice or ice cubes.
Lime or lemon wedges for garnish
Salt shavings, for glass rim

Margarita on the rocks
Place all ingredients, except lime wedges, in the blender. Blend till smooth and serve right away.
For a non-frozen version, place all in a shaker and shake, pour over ice rocks in salt prepared tall glass.

Using a lemon or lime wedge wet the rim pf margarita glasses, dip in salt shavings and have them ready. pour Margarita in prepared glasses and serve frozen.

Don't miss out on all this Mexican Fun, and make sure you throw this get together! Enjoy the Summer, your friends and the delights of Mexico, wherever you are :)

Hope you enjoyed this post, would love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment before you go and make sure to drop by again soon for more ;)

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