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When it comes to entertaining, it’s important to balance all of the desserts with delicious appetizers. You know me, I love my sweets but once the holidays roll around I get pretty overwhelmed by endless treats. So, today I am excited to share a delicious appetizer recipe for Spicy Taco Squares and to give you the opportunity to win a Calpahlon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set!
Having the right kitchen tools is essential when I am preparing dinner or making food for guests. It helps things go smoothly and efficiently. One of my readers recently told me that it took her an hour and a half to prepare a pie that only took me twenty minutes to make! She said had to do almost everything by hand instead of being able to use the kitchen tools that I have in my kitchen.
One of those essential kitchen tools is set of premium knives. I just received this Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery set and so far I love it! There are built in ceramic sharpeners in the slots, of the stainless steel part, on the knife block that sharpens the knives every time I use them. With this SharpIN Technology, I know that the knives will always be sharp and ready to use, making slicing and chopping effortless. Plus, these Calphalon knives from this new line of Self Shapening Cutlery are made from high carbon, no stain, forged steel with a bolster and tang, all of which means they are high-quality knives.
Along with the new line of Self-Shapening Cutlery, Calphlon has a website to help with knife skill. It is chock full of videos showing how to cut various ingredients and which knife to use to get the job done. I used the tomato dicing video to help get the tomatoes cut for this recipe.
To make these Spicy Taco Squares, start by cutting thawed puff pastry sheets along the fold lines (in thirds) and then cutting each strip into 4 pieces. I used my 7-inch Calphalon Santoku Knife because the small indentations along the edge of the blade help prevent the dough from sticking to it. I also used the Santoku Knife to cut the lettuce.
Prepare the spicy taco cream cheese and spread about one tablespoon in the center of each puff pastry. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
While the squares are baking, prepare the toppings. Following the instructions in the video above, I used my 8-inch Calphalon Chef’s Knife to easily dice my tomatoes. I also used the chef’s knife to slice the green onions.
To cut cilantro, I love using kitchen shears. Rinse the cilantro in water and gently dry with paper towel. Put some of the cilantro in a small bowl and use the kitchen shears to snip it into small pieces.
Once the spicy taco squares come out of the oven, top them with sour cream, chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced green onions and cilantro. You can go crazy on the topping if you want and add all of your favorites like taco meat, sliced olives, diced onions, diced jalapenos, chopped peppers and diced avocado. These spicy taco squares can be served warm or cold. If you want to prepare them ahead of time, refrigerate after preparing them and warm briefly before serving. Try making spicy taco squares as an appetizer for your next party or celebration!
- 3 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
- (2) 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup taco sauce
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning mix (about half of a one-ounce packet)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup chopped lettuce
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- ¼ cup sliced green onions
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut thawed puff pastry along fold lines (in thirds). Cut each strip into 4 pieces.
- Place the squares on greased baking sheets.
- Beat softened cream cheese.
- Beat in mayonnaise, taco sauce and taco seasoning mix.
- Stir in cream cheese.
- Spread about one tablespoon in the center of each puff pastry.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
- Top with sour cream, chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced green onions and cilantro.
- Can be served warm or cold.
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