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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Tea Party Ideas: Greek Skewers & Mexican Taco Cups

On the topic of tea parties, here are a few other great tea party ideas. Of course, like the BBQ Chicken Pitas with Zesty Slaw earlier, they could also be used as creative starters for a dinner party, a light and fun lunch or appetizers before a party! They are so versatile and look great! Plus, a lot of the components can be made ahead.

These are fun, colorful dishes that can be made for 4 people or 40 people. So try them at your next social get together and let me know what you think!

Greek Skewers
Makes as many as you want

Feta Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kalamata Olives
Cucumber, cut into about 2 cm cubes
Cherry Tomatoes
Red Onion, cut into about 2 cm pieces

Wooden Skewers, soaked for about 10 minutes (I think it helps everything slide on better, but not mandatory)

In a bowl, mix the olive oil and oregano. Cut the feta cheese into about 2 cm cubes. Toss in the olive oil and oregano.

Then just assemble the skewers... Cherry tomato, red onion, olive, feta, cucumber, tomato. Simple, tasty, and good looking!

Mexican Taco Cups
Make a few or a lot!

Ground Beef
Chili Powder
Ground Cumin
Salt and Pepper

Romaine Lettuce, Shredded
Sour Cream
Guacamole (homemade or pre-made)
Cherry tomatoes, sliced
Cheddar Cheese, grated
Tostidos "Scoops" Tortilla Chips

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and season with chili powder and cumin (about 1 tsp of each for each 250grams of meat). Cook until there is no pink left and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool.

In a bowl, mix together equal parts of sour cream, salsa and guacamole (1/3 cup of each should be more than enough to start).

Assemble the cups: put about 1/2 teaspoon of ground beef mixture on the bottom of the tostido cup. Top with about 1/2 teaspoon of the sour cream mixture. Then add a little grated cheese, shredded lettuce, and top with a slice of cherry tomato.

These are best eaten immediately. The longer then sit, the tortilla chip becomes a little soggy.

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