Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Par-tay!

Well there's a celebration going on over at Looking Towards Heaven and I thought I would just join in! Karla has some great recipes of her own posted and there are more on the way from others.
Now since I'm West Coast I like a little Mexican food at a party. One of my favorites is this recipe for a Chili Relleno Casserole. It was given to me by a dear friend who received it from her husband's mother I believe. I love it because it involves A LOT of cheese...and well, I like cheese. So here it is:
Chili Relleno Casserole
3 egg whites
3 egg yolks
1 can of evaporated milk
3 Tablespoons of flour
pinch of pepper
1 lg can (or 3 sm. cans) of Ortega Whole Green Chilis
1 - 1lb. brick of cheddar cheese grated
1 - 1lb. brick of Monterey Jack cheese grated
1 - 8 0z. can of tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Take green chilis and slice in half length wise, set aside.
Grate all cheese, set aside.
Grease a 2qt. casserole dish and begin layering chilis and cheese. Chilis first then cheese and so on. End with a layer of cheese on top.
Seperate eggs and beat whites until fluffy. Mix yolks, milk, flour and pepper together. Gently fold in egg whites. Pour mixture over chilis and cheese.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes spread tomato sauce on top of casserole. Bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for about ten minutes before serving. VERY YUMMY!
I thought I would bring along a dessert too. This recipe was given to me by the gal who introduced me to Husband. She is very Swedish...I don't know that the recipe itself is a Swedish recipe but in my mind it is because she is.
I love this dessert for its tart cranberries and the warm, sweet sauce that goes over it.
Cranberry Cake
1/2 Cup sugar
dash of salt
I Cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Cup of fresh cranberries
1 1/2 Tablespoon melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in remaining items. Bake in a greased 8"X8" pan for 30 minutes.
While cake is baking prepare this sauce (you will need a double boiler):
1/2 cup sugar
1 cube of butter
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Combine ingredients and cook in the double boiler for 15 min.
Alow cake to cool a bit, slice and serve with some of the sauce poured over an individual slice. Very yummy! Of course, a good strong cup of Swedish coffee goes well with this.
Well, that's about all I can carry to one party. And since there are more dishes coming I'm sure there will be plenty for everyone. So enjoy the fun and the food!
P.S. Calories don't count in December.
P.P.S. Be sure to join me here on Friday for The Cookie (Recipe) Exchange! Details here.
P.P.P.S. I'm sorry the text is so squished together. I don't know why it does this. WYSIWIG is NOT always what you get! (grrr)


crafty carolinagirl said...

Wow, the cranberry cake sounds great. I love cranberry anything :)

{Karla} said...

my husband loves loves loves LOVES cranberry anything! I will be making this soon!

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE anything with LOTS of cheese. So I'll be making this soon as well.

You've covered our family with both of these!

Thanks for joining in the fun. I'm off to gather my cookie recipe.