Last night we had a large dinner party, and I made Tex Mex. Not many people are familiar with such cuisine here in Switzerland, so it was an adventure for quite a few of our guests! Rather than a recipe this time, I’ll give you my menu with links to the recipes I based my dishes on:
For the Apero:
Drinks served for the main meal:
Corona beer; Desperados tequila beer; a variety of drinks such as Coke, 7-Up, etc.
Main Meal Choices:
Nopales (cactus salad) [I used Feta cheese, as Cojita is not available here.]
Spanish Rice (with coriander cooked in)
Tortillas, Tortilla chips
Sour Cream with Chives, shredded lettuce, grated Cheddar cheese
Sopapillas (Cheesecake bars) (I used phyllo dough, as crescent roll dough is strictly an American product)
I made the meats without hot peppers; I cannot eat spicy, and many people don’t like it, so I served spices and tabasco on the side for those who wanted a zing.
I basically set up the kitchen counter as the buffet, with tortilla chips and bowls of guacamole & salsa along the tables. Needless to say, the whole menu was a hit! The Apple Tiramisu has become my signature dish, as it’s requested again and again; I couldn’t leave it out, though it’s not Mexican, which is why I included the Sopapillas, for the authentic theme.
* I cooked both of these simultaneously in my crockpot: I put the beef into a metal bowl that just fit into my crockpot width-wise; the chicken was in the main pot, and then I sunk the bowl up to the rim in the liquid, to get an even heat distribution. They both cooked beautifully, though occasional stirring of the chicken was a bit tricky. To serve, I set the bowl into a pan next to the crockpot to minimize mess.
[In gathering the recipes for these links, I was reminded again of why I have Firefox! If you don’t yet have it, do yourself a big favour and download it as your browser: It has a function that allows you to look at a basic website without all of the flashing, pop-up annoyances they call “ads”!!]