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Apr 25, 2012 05:46 PM

Mexican appetizer or main dish for party?

I have to bring a Mexican appetizer or main dish to a party. Except for guacamole, I have never made anything Mexican. A dish that does not require equipment that I don't have, ingredients that are difficult to locate, is simple to make, easy to transport, and delicious would be ideal. Hope I am not asking for too much.

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  1. Molletes are the Mexican answer to garlic bread. Spread with rich refried beans, topped with gooey melted cheese and finished with pico de gallo, you can't go wrong. Meatballs in chipotle or empanadas with your choice of filling would be great, too. If you don't want to heat anything up on site, you could try coctel, a seafood salad not dissimilar from ceviche or Italian frutti di mare.

    1. Your request is kind of broad, like asking for a French dish with all your other specifications. Do you have access to Mexican ingredients that don't come out of a can? How much time are you willing to spend? Easy to transport on foot, by car or public transportation?

      1. I recently had to do the same thing. I wound up making Mexican deviled eggs that someone on this board suggested, basically just deviled eggs with Mexican like ingredients (cilantro, scallions, chili powder, cumin, lime, etc.). Some other ideas were albondingas with a dipping sauce, Mexican lasagna, and Mexican shrimp cocktail. All easy to make, easy to transport.

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        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

          Mexican deviled eggs sound perfect - do ahead and easy to transport. Your suggestion of a Mexican shrimp cocktail sent me on a search. I found a recipe on Chowhound for a Tequila Shrimp that sounds really good

          1. re: Bethcooks

            That's funny, when I thought of making a Mexican shrimp cocktail, I actually thought about adding Tequila!

        2. Another interesting food is a savory cheesecake... make like a regular cheesecake, but no sugar. Swirl in some pureed chipotle in adobo sauce. Top with mango/jalapeno jam: package of cubed, frozen mangoes, cooked with sugar, and sliced jalapenos. The sweet and spicy jam is brilliant with the creamy and smoky cheesecake. Make a crust with crumbled, savory crackers and butter..
          Serve it in thin slices (or made in a mini-muffin tin) with tortilla chips.

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          1. re: wyogal

            That sounds really GOOD wyogal! I served a savory cheesecake at my wedding, and most people had never seen one. Different flavor profile for that occasion, but a great way to make something filling, with good ingredients that goes along way.

            Would you serve this with fruit on the side? I would think some melon with salt, chili and lime would be a nice side...

            1. re: gingershelley

              nah, just the mango/jalapeno jam (or compote). With chips. Kind of a spread, think of using the chips instead of a fork. It's super easy and very different.
              I was inspired by seeing a bleu cheese one in one of the cookbooks from cooking school.
              About the same time we had to do galantines, so I made mine with a stuffing of forcemeat with cornmeal panade, pepitas, chopped dried apricots, and smoked chorizo, and used tequila instead of brandy.

          2. I love this Pineapple Jicama Salad. You could serve as shown or make a platter of skewers after it's marinated a bit.


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            1. re: MrsJonesey

              I printed this recipe and will make it even if I don't use it for this party as it looks delicious.