Last night was Apple Celebration, a wonderful adoration of children, fall colors and all things that fall from trees. My task was to prepare an appetizer and I willfully rebelled against the inclusion of apples. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s that my husband, and men in general, want meat in addition to, or instead of, one sweet dessert and app after another. I made three dozen, the first plate was emptied in between the I put it down and turned around to get the other serving dish and put it on the table.
|Layered Taquio Appetizer
This is always sell-out recipe of my own concoction. It’s fast, easy and inexpensive.
Sarah’s double-layer Taquito bites
Time to prep: 20 min
Ingredients to purchase
- sweet onions (1)
- small chicken (pre-roasted) is fastest
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper (see note below)
- Good olive oit
- Salted butter
- Corn tortillas
- Sour cream
- chile seasoning
- tobasco (optional)
- hungarian sweet paprika
- kosher salt
- cilantro (but can use parsely if you don’t care for cilantro)
Note: (I have a thing against green bells. I’ve found guests don’t like the stronger taste of greens, so I opt for the other colors. The flavor is a bit sweeter. You can substitute at will).
Prepare the chicken. I was in a rush yesterday, so I cheated a purchased an organic, pre-roasted chicken for $6.75 at the local market.
- Sautee in a few tbls oil the onion for @3 min, just until it starts to turn transulcent. Add the bell peppers (remember, it’s only half of the large ones. Anything more overwhelms the amount of chicken).
- Sautee it all for another 5 min, enough to soften the peppers but retain some stiffness.
|Cookie cutter rounds
a must for every cook
- Add a tbls or more of butter. I almost always add some butter to the sautee. It gives the onions a lot more flavor and richness that oil doesn’t.
- A minute or so before you pull it off the range, add the chopped chicken, chile, tobaso and salt.Mix it all together so the flavors blend.
- Take it off the stove to let cool.
In a skillet (preferably the kind that’s metal, not non-stick), drop enough oil for the corn tortillas. Since the smallest tortillas are taco size, I use metal cookie cutters to reduce the size. It’s witnessed that larger apps don’t get eaten because it’s too big for a guest to hold and manage. Smaller apps are called finger foods fo a reason. This doesn’t mean a guest will eat less–in fact, a guest will eat more of a smaller thing.
|Cutting the tortilla rounds
- Take the round and cut into the tortilla. The larger round you choose will be the bottom for the taquito. Place the rounds in the skillet until lightly browned on each side.
- Place the rounds on your serving dish, and place a spoon full of filling in the center.
- Add a drop of salsa and sour cream (I don’t add sour cream all the time, just in case someone has a dairy allergy).
- Cut smaller rounds, place in skillet, brown and layer on the top of the taquito.
|Layer the taquito
- Finish with either sour cream, cilantro or other garnish like sprinkle (grated) cheese, if you don’t have to transport somewhere. Last night, I had to transport the dishes, so skipped everything but the grated cheese.