A Platter of Appetizers
BACON WRAPPED LIL SMOKIES
Ingredients: lil smokies, bacon strips cut into thirds, brown sugar plus toothpicks to secure bacon ... Optional: sweet chilli sauce
LIL PIG IN A BLANKET
Ingredients: lil smokies, strawberry jam (or jam of your choice), dijon mustard, and pastry dough (homemade or store-bought)
While lil smokies are in the oven, I started preparing the leche flan (Philippine custard). I asked my family back home to send me flan molds years back as I prefer to use them on my "steaming" process. I can fit layers of these molds perfectly in my steamer. I still prefer steaming flan over baking. The picture doesn't show justice how yummy this dessert is! But take note, they're not for somebody who's on a diet. When you eat flan, remember that it should be a guilt-free eating time!
LECHE FLAN (Philippine Custard)
Ingredients: egg yolks, condensed milk, evaporated milk... Optional: lemon zest, lime zest, or vanilla (I used vanilla for the above), caramelized brown sugar
Flan was so fast to prepare, and since it's a stove-top cooking, I had to make sure I'm done preparing my cheesecakes before my lil smokies gets out from the oven. I was sure glad DH didn't mind the noise of my "mixer" while smoothing the cheesecake main ingredients. It was the first time I made cheesecake and I couldn't believe it's that simple. I used store-bought graham crust though at first I planned to used home-made... glad I changed my mind!:) I can see myself making more cheesecake in the near future. Flan and cheesecake were done almost at the same time. I let the cheesecake chill in the fridge till morning before putting the cherrie on top.
Ingredients: cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, eggs, graham crust, pure vanilla extract, butter, & cherries
Finally, the last thing I had to prepare, broccoli-rice-cheese casserole... another first for me, both on cooking & eating part! I like it very much though... so tasty.
Ingredients: broccoli, rice, velveeta cheese, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, mushroom, chopped onion, & chopped celery
And now for the fun part... the winner of GIVE THANKS contest is ANNE-MARIE of France. Congratulations Anne-Marie. Thanks to everybody who participated!:) Watch out for upcoming contest to be posted next month.
I have more stories to tell but I better save some for the next post. I hope everybody's having a great THANKSGIVING NIGHT!