12-27-13 Simply Food Pinwheel Appetizer - Image

New Year’s Eve anticipation has reached full tilt. Do you have your outfit ironed?

The following appetizer is from my grandmother, Mimi. She made these jalapeño pepper “pinwheels” for every single party my family had. If you are like me and just a fuzz tired from all the holiday celebrating, this is the recipe for you — simple, fast and a crowd pleaser.

I’m also including a bourbon cocktail called a Presbyterian. Mimi would be just tickled that her recipe is printed in the local paper. And she would also add that watering down your Presbyterian wouldn’t be frowned upon at all … Happy New Year!

Mimi’s Pinwheels

5 10-inch flour tortillas
8 ounces sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces diced green chili peppers (drained)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions (white and a bit of the green too)
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
chopped jalapeño peppers

Mix together everything except the tortillas. Then spread a bit of the mixture evenly on all five tortillas. Roll each tortilla up and refrigerate for a few hours. Next, cut the tortillas into small slices. Arrange them nicely on a platter and serve with salsa.

The Presbyterian 

(makes one cocktail)

2 ounces bourbon (I like Russell’s Reserve)
2 ounces club soda
2 ounces ginger ale
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Put a few cubes of ice into a cocktail glass. Our cocktail glasses are old jelly jars! Add the ingredients into the glass. Stir.  Enjoy.