Saturday was Ernie's Big 28th birthday. We hosted friends at my condo for a Mexican Fiesta with lots of gluten-free treats. Here was our menu:
Mexican Corn Bread: this bread did not taste gluten-free, though I messed up the recipe and added 1/2 cup butter instead of 1/4 cup. It did taste rather buttery. The corn bread took a LONG time to make - probably about two hours in total.
Jalapeno Poppers: Jalapeno poppers were a hit! They're healthier than the deep fried version and were pretty much gone within the first 30 mintues of the party.
Mexican Chicken Casserole: I liked this the best and felt like a solid contributor to the heartyness of the party. Later that evening, we ate more of the chicken casserole stuffed into soft corn tortilla shells.
Pico de Gallo: this recipe first surfaced on the blog as a salsa topping for our Mahi Mahi. It's very tasty with tortilla chips.
7 Layer Taco Dip: I think the trick to a good 7 layer taco dip is adding the taco seasoning to the refried beans and also mixing the cream cheese and sour cream.
Bean Salad: I was skeptical of the bean salad but it was actually a good additioni to have some more veggies to the spread. I hope this freezes well, as we had a lot left over!
Ernie's famous Guacamole: Everyone loves the guac, it's always gone in a flash.
Fruit Salad: A mix of pineapple, grapes, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, etc. The left overs have become our morning smoothies.
Cookie-Brownie Bars: I love Betty Crocker's new gluten-free mixes. These taste just like the real thing! No one really noticed that these were gluten-free!
Cupcakes (ok, these were the only treats not gluten-free): I used Pillsbury's Easy Frost frosting from a can which tasted quite good and was very easy to apply. I highly recommend this - though I hear it's tough for cake decorations. Ernie's attept at my graduation cake was with this frosting can! There were still about 15 cupcakes left. I could have skipped making these, but then how would I know how fun Easy Frost is?!
Stay tuned for a video of Ernie's birthday break-dance...