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Daughters 20th Birthday Gala......

jrvedivici | Aug 14, 201509:03 AM     12

I don't do much contributing here but yesterday was my daughters 20th birthday and she had a group of friends over. She wanted a "tapa's" style menu so she decided on the following:

Homemade Guacamole served on Endive (normally I like to put chopped tomato and onion/bruchetta style with my avocado, but she wanted the more traditional version sans tomato)

Individual Shrimp Cocktail(s). Nothing too special here except for the labor, because you know, a platter of shrimp is just soooooo impersonal.

Next we have a variety of sushi rolls: Philadelphia Roll, Salmon with scallion and cream cheese with red caviar. Spicy Philadelphia Roll, same interior spicy crab top. Snow Crab & Spicy Crab Roll. California Roll.

Egg Rolls; a new favorite of mine originally stolen from on of my favorite restaurants. Here I have two varieties, the original Italian Egg Roll, stuffed with broccoli rabe - hot Italian sausage - sharp provolone. The other is a Rueben Egg Roll, stuffed with corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Served with tomato gravy (sauce) and russian dressing.

Cold Antipasti: mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, sweet roasted peppers and olives.

Crab Meltaways: toasted french bread slices topped with a cheesy crab sauce and baked. Crab sauce = processed cheese product like velveeta, melted with finely chopped sauteed onions, chopped pimentos, salt & pepper, cayenne pepper, artificial crab.

Potato skins: I kind of cheated on this one, I microwaved the potatos first instead of baking. Hollowed the skins, fried in crisco and butter. Stuffed with a combination of bacon and pork roll which was processed fine, topped with 3 cheese "mexican" blend cheese. (I ran out of stuffing so the others are just plain, or as I explained in case there were any vegetarians. wink wink)

Seared Ahi Tuna Bites. Ahi tuna coated in tuxedo sesame seeds and quickly pan seared, served with wasabi.

The reward for all the hard work, the Happy Birthday Girl!

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