Friday, October 24, 2008

Dinner Party

I don't entertain often, okay, ever, but the past two Fridays, I've had people over. This last Friday was a couple where the guy is a fellow anesthesia intern with Joe, and we've been meaning to have them over for dinner. It ended up being a blast. We stayed up really late, even though we had a flight to San Diego in the morning! I was also glad to get to use some of the things we received for our wedding, like our white napkins and napkin rings.


Appetizers -
Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (see below)
Pita chips with roasted garlic and red pepper dip (a WC gift exchange gift)

Dinner -
Spicy Turkey Peanut Noodles

Dessert -
Zebra Cake (even though mine didn't turn out very zebra-y)

Red wine
Oliphant gin (a great gin to sip, even if you think you don't like gin)

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers
source: Pioneer Woman

There's not much to this recipe. Basically, chop fresh jalapenos in half and scoop out the seeds and membrances. Fill with cream cheese, and wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes on a rack over a pan.

These are crazy good, and a great appetizer because you can make as many or as few as your little heart desires. For four people, I made 18, and they disappeared pretty quickly.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a great time!!

That Girl said...

I used to think I didn't like jalapenos, but now that I know I love them, I'll have to try this.

Lisa said...

Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade makes a similar jalapeno pepper appetizer that I love, but instead of cream cheese it uses shredded cheddar. I'm thinking a combo of both might be good. And she grills them. I think baking them is a great idea though! It probably helps keep the cheese inside a little easier.