March 18, 2013
For appetizers I decided to do our favorite salsas from Trader Joe’s, my homemade corn salsa and guacamole, as well as fresh stuffed jalapeño poppers.
The poppers are really easy to make and only call or 3 ingredients:
Take the fresh jalapeños, halve them and cut out seed and skin. I got around 20 jalapeños, which make 40 poppers.
Next, take the cream cheese (softened) and cheddar cheese and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff the peppers with the mix. It doesn’t take much to fill them. Don’t over stuff otherwise the cheese will bubble over and make them messy.
Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 20 mins.
For drinks we decided to have Margarita’s, Corona’s and fresh Strawberry Mint Mojitios.
First muddle the strawberries with the sugar then add to your pitcher.
Next, slice limes and trim your mint leaves. Muddle the mint leaves with lime juice.
Add to pitcher.
You will want to make extra batch so you can easily just add to pitcher when you run out. These were a hit at the party and I actually wish I would have made double amount of what I made.
To finish, add 1 cup of rum, 3 cups of soda water and ice. Taste it to make sure it tastes okay. You may need to add more soda, rum or lime juice depending on your taste.
I garnished the glasses with mint leaves and sliced strawberries and then stuck them in the freezer for 15 minutes to get a frosty glass.
This was the first time I made these and really liked them! Very refreshing and light.
For the main course, we decided a “taco bar” set up would be easiest for serving the shrimp tacos.
So we prepped all the toppings for the shrimp tacos before hand.
For toppings we diced jalapeños, tomatos and then a chopped mix of purple cabbage, lettuce, cilantro and orange peppers. Place in fridge until you are ready to serve.
Homemade guacamole is very easy and tastes so much better than the packaged stuff. For this all you need is:
Mash the avocados, add the lime juice, garlic, cilantro and jalapeños. I never measure when I make this, I just taste and add more if needed. Depending on the size of your party, will determine how many avocados you need. Guac is always a huge hit so better to make more than be sorry.
For the margaritas, I didn’t do anything fancy. Just the plain old mix and tequila. I did however halve a bunch of limes and freeze them beforehand and used in place of ice cubes in the dispenser so it didn’t get watered down.
Drink bar set up.
Margaritas. Sorry this picture was taken toward the end of the party, hence it’s almost gone.
I think these tasted pretty close to the authentic ones we had in Mexico. These are a must try and so easy!