Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook: Building Blocks; Layered and Stacked; & Wrapped, Rolled, Filled, Folded, and Stuffed (Chapters 1, 2, and 3)
December 2007 Cookbooks of the Month, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook AND Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook.
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Chorizo and Manchego Cheese Quesadillas, p. 259
Simple, but really tasty combination of flavors in these quesadillas, and one I will make again. They cooked quickly, just enough to melt the cheese, and I like that for a party they can be kept warm in the oven. I didn't make the miniature flour tortillas from scratch, but used the other technique of cutting them out of a larger store-bought tortilla with a cookie cutter. She calls for grilling rounds of red onion, but at 1/8-inch thick, I thought that was a bit fiddly so just sauteed them quickly over very high heat. I used a cast iron pan to cook both these, and the sliced chorizo. The quesadillas are finished by layering very thin-sliced Manchego cheese, chorizo (I used Spanish chorizo from D'Artagnan), chives, and another layer of cheese. We liked these so much that the next night we used the same ingredients and made more quesadillas; this time, full-size ones. I served them with the guacamole on p. 399.
Flour Tortilla Strips, p. 248
Well, this is a 'recipe' in the book, so I have to report it. ; )
Couldn't be easier or quicker - cut 6-8 inch flour tortillas in strips or wedges and then bake at 375 for 5-7 minutes. Less mess and sturdier and crunchier than when frying, which is what I've always done before. I didn't even salt them since I was serving them with a rich and flavorful dip. I made wedges and cut up the size I happened to have, which were burrito-sized flour tortillas. I served them with the Hot Crab Dip on p. 385.
Hot Crab Dip