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Party Snacking

It's party time and we are here to give you the culinary tips that will blow your guests out of their seats and into that warm and comfortable place some people call the "Oh, Susie is such a wonderful host!" zone. And to do that, we have decided to spice up your play day with the passionate flavour of South American cooking. Get ready to taste a delicious piece of the Latin's bravado with a party supplies list that you can actually write in less than 20 seconds.

First our opening contestant for the evening, we present you the...

Chorizo with Eggs

This traditional dish comes from the sunny Mexico right to your doorstep and makes for a wonderful breakfast and an even better appetizer. And as a plus, it's so easy you won't even know you are making it. Chorizos are a type of sausages, and you are going to need to get your hands on some of these babies to make this dish work. Nowadays Mexican and South American food is getting quite popular so you won't have any problems finding the ingredients at your local butcher's shop.

Chop and fry those chorizos until they are browned and crispy. Add some diced onions and bell peppers to the mix a few minutes before they get to their optimum cooking point (we recommend white and green pepper for this dish.) While the chorizo is being fried, beat some eggs and season them with salt and parsley chopped in tiny pieces. When the chorizos are almost done, transfer them (along with the onion and the bell peppers) to another pan and add the beat egg. The idea is to make a simple omelette which is full of intense flavour. Cook for 5 minutes and serve on top of slighly toasted bread.

And for the main course, we give you the all time champion...

Pollo Poblano

Chicken never tasted so good I assure you. And since it's so easy to make, you will soon be a pollo poblano ninja cheff able to impress friends and family. So get out of the fancy dress and into the apron and get ready to cook!

We are basically making a chicken sauted and baked with cheese and also a cream sauce that we will make from poblano peppers (hence the name of the dish.) First blend seeded and chopped peppers with milk until you can make a puree. When you are done with that melt some butter and mix it with flour until you get a liquid but thick texture and then add that to the puree. Stir all the ingredients until smooth.

Ready for some saucy pleasure? Add one cup (not precisely good for diets we know) of heavy cream to make a sauce. When you are ready to bake the chicken (you don't need me to tell you how to prepare and season it, do you? Great) pour your sauce all over it in a baking dish. Cook for 30 minutes (although it depends on the size of the chicken) and then sprinkle cheese on top of it. Bake until the cheese is golden and you're good to go!

Tips To Remember for your Party:

  1. Think about your cooking experience before choosing the party menu. Getting into something that is way over your skill level might be more trouble and frustration than it's worth.
  2. As a general guideline, go for 6 appetizers per person per hour for the usual cocktail party. If you are not having a proper dinner then the safe bet is to go for at least 10 appetizers per hour and no less than 5 choices.
  3. Remember to prepare as much as you can in advance. A list of all the necessary steps is very useful and makes sure that you don't forget about the last minute touches.
  4. In particular, do all the chopping and slicing in advance. You can store vegetables in plastic bags without loosing their freshness.
  5. If you really want to go for a gourmet experience, make sure you prepare food that includes a variety of textures and tastes. Hot and cold dishes, creamy dips and crisp veggies provide the necessary contrast to boost the quality of your meal.



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