May 11, 2010

...beta recipes...

Tonight was our last Beta for the year - we take a summer hiatus until September.
We played Bunco tonight as our last fling!

I made a few appetizers for the event.
One was an old Pampered Chef recipe that I remember making when I was like, 14. It was just as good as I remember!

(there's only 1/3 of a ring left of the two I made....I forgot to take a picture when it was fresh out of the oven!)
Chicken Wreath/Ring Thing
2 pkg. 8 oz. refrigerated crescent rolls
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped fresh broccoli
¼ cup drained and chopped water chestnuts
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Colby jack cheese
1 can ( 5 oz) chunk chicken, drained and flaked
2/3 cup canned condensed cream of chicken soup

Preheat oven to 350 F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in circle on greased 14-inch pizza pan with wide ends overlapping in the center and points towards the outside. In large bowl, combine bell pepper, broccoli, water chestnuts, onion, cheese, chicken and soup. Scoop mixture evenly onto the widest end of each triangle. Bring outside points of triangles down over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough at center. (Filling will not be completely covered.) Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
I also made frozen margaritas. This recipe may be the find of the year. I love a good lime frozen/blended margarita, but who likes to stand over the blender when there is a party going on?! These you make ahead of time - I would suggest taking them out of the freezer 45 minutes to an hour before you want to serve them so they have plenty of time to thaw and get good and slushy.
4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups tequila
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade
1/2 cup triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 whole lime, cut into 6 wedges

1.Mix the water, tequila, limeade, and orange liqueur in a freezer-proof container with a lid; stir. Cover and store in freezer until it reaches a slush-like consistency, about 24 hours. Serve in glasses garnished with lime wedges.

(I quadrupled this and it filled two big Tupperware bowls. We only consumed one bowl - about 10 people - an average of 1.5 drinks each.)

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