Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recipe: Christmas Eve Mice

24 double-stuffed Oreo cookies
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening
24 red maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
24 milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses48 sliced almonds
1 small tube green decorative icing gel
1 small tube red decorative icing gel

1. Carefully twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use.
2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Holding each cherry by the stem, dip in melted chocolate, then press onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss. Place on the cream filling of cookie, with cherry stem extending beyond cookie edge.
3. For ears, place slivered almonds between the cherry and kiss. Refrigerate until set. With green gel, pipe holly leaves on the cream. With red gel, pipe holly berries between leaves and pipe eyes on each chocolate kiss. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

taken from Judy Key
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1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 sticks of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
8 small jalapenos, cut in half lengthwise, stems and seeds removed
16 wonton wrappers
bowl of water
1 egg, beaten
oil for frying

Step 1 - Combine the panko, salt and garlic powder together in a bowl.

Step 2 - Place one piece of mozzarella, in one half of a jalapeno, place both in a wonton wrapper. Dip your finger in the water and run along the edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper around the mozzarella so that it is completely closed. Dip into the egg. Dredge in the panko mixture to coat completely.

Step 3 - Repeat #2 with remaining ingredients.

Step 4 - In a large pot heat 1 inch of oil to 350 degrees. Fry mozzarella sticks, in batches if necessary, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve.

taken from Judy Key
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