Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ham 'n Cream Cheese Pinwheels

 These are always a hit, no matter what the occasion.  Whether it be a potluck at work, this was exactly the last time I made them a couple of weeks ago.  A game day, or a gathering with friends and family.  They will disappear faster than you can say, "hey save some for me"! 

 They are a cinch to make, all without breaking the bank and feeding tons.  I know, score on all levels.  Look at how much only 8 fajita style wraps make.

Right?  Now you can fill them with whatever you want to fill them with, but our ultimate favorite is onion & chive cream cheese, peppers, sweet pickles and honey ham.  I don't know, something about that combination makes the flavors pop if I don't say so myself.  But be creative my friends, make it yours!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bake time: NONE
Yield: 56-64 pinwheels

1 pkg fajita style wraps (8 wraps)
2 tubs (8oz) onion & chive cream cheese
1lb (16oz) deli thin honey ham
1 large pepper, seeded, diced fine
3/4 cup bread 'n butter pickles (sweet), diced fine

-Spread each fajita wrap with cream cheese, till almost the edges.

-Lay the ham slices next.  I used about 5-6 slices per wrap.

-Sprinkle about 1 tbsp or so of both the diced pepper and pickles over the ham slices.  Now we are ready to roll. 

-Using the round that is closer to you, start to wrap tightly, like a burrito.  Continue till all the fajita wraps have been used.

-Wrap EACH log with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 1-1/2 hours before cutting.  Overnight is better.

**The yield will vary if you are cutting them into 7 pieces per log, or 8.**

Go ahead, grab one, I'll make more!!

Till next time!
Dishin with Didi

Baked Mediterranean Fish - Plaki

 I know, trust me.  It was so good. Bursting with the flavors of the Mediterranean, it's good for you, with a little indulgence thrown in for good measure.  Isn't that what life is about it?

I made this dish using frozen fish fillets (not the common practice) in the Greek cuisine.  However, I have "I don't do bones" fish lovers in the house, so fillets it is...
I did have to accompany it with french fries don't you know, I mean it is ultimately a very "traditional Greek dish, served always with fries"!!

This is such a simple yet literally delicious recipe.  I am sure even your non fish loving family/friends will dig into this with gusto.  My neighbor and his fiancee did.  He is a non fish lover, and literally gobbled it down when I brought them a dish to share.  His exact words were; "wow, these flavors are spot on".  Yup, that's Mediterranean cooking for you.

Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time:  1 hour
Yield: 6 servings

6 fish fillets, still frozen (I used haddock and cod combined)
2-3 small/medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 large cloves garlic, diced fine
1 medium onion, diced fine (I used fresh chives for this, 1 cup)
1 cup basil leaves, chopped
1-1/2 cups fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 olive oil
Aluminum foil

-Preheat your oven to 350F (176C)

-Using your favorite baking pan, lay your fish fillets and set aside.

-Prep all your veggies/herbs and add to a medium bowl.  Drizzle in the olive oil, and add your salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

-Cover your fish with the fresh vegetable and herb topping.  

-Cover with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes.  There will be juices in the pan, drain them.  Return back into oven uncovered this time, for another 15 minutes.

Serve this wonderful and healthy for you dish with your favorite side.  Or you can do as the Greeks do, serve it with fries!  


Till next time! 
Dishin with Didi