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CHILE CHEESE SURPRISE
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese -- shredded
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter -- room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pure New Mexico hot red chile -- ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt -- optional
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers --fresh or pickled -- finely minced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 12 whole pimento-stuffed olives
  • 12 pecan halves
  • 12 medium cooked shrimp -- shelled, deveined --tails removed
    1. Preheat oven to 400F.
    2. Combine cheese, butter & ground chile, taste; add salt if desired. Work in minced jalapenos until evenly distributed; mix in flour & milk. Roll out pastry to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut pastry into squares, rectangles or triangles to fit around olives, pecan halves & shrimp; wrap pastry around fillings. Place on an ungreased baking sheets & bake 10 - 12 minutes or until pastry feels firm when pressed.

     

     
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