Tortilla roll ups
February 26, 2011, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Nibbles, Quick and Easy

World’s easiest appetizer (except for a can of nuts). You want pictures? Wot? oh well.

4 large burrito sized tortillas, plain if you’re a wimp, jalapeno-cheddar for spark. I use 2 of each for interest
2 8-oz packages of cream cheese- whichever, regular, light, nonfat. Softened to room temp.
1 little (4 oz?)can chopped black olives
1 little can chopped green chilis
1 small jar chopped pimentos
1 generous handful (you could call it a cup, if you’re precision driven) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 skimpy handful (I don’t know…1/2 a cup?) fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Mix everything together in a bowl.
Spread about a cup of the filling on each tortilla, all the way to the edge. Roll up gently, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Slice about 3/4 inch thick, saving the ugly ends for your Significant Other to snack on so s/he’ll stay out of the pretty ones until the Event. Put on a tray and garnish with a bit more cilantro, or diced pepper, or a sprinkling of cayenne or paprika.

If you want something quick-like for eating while watching Manos Hand of Fate, you can substitute salsa for the olives and peppers. If you balk at the idea of anything from a can, use fresh peppers and fancy-pants olives from the deli. I reckon (tho I haven’t tried this) you could bust out all Mediterranean and use feta cheese instead of cheddar, oregano instead of cilantro, kalamata olives and bell pepper, and throw in some lemon zest. Go ahead and play around with it and see what happens. Like most things I cook, it’s more a concept than rigid recipe.


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