Sunday, November 01, 2009
Another Retro Appetizer, With Another Regional Name..
Polish Roses! Much better known through America as onion wraps! These simple treats have been on nearly every informal get together appetizer table I've ever been to.
We've had a husbands and wives Texas Hold'em card night 3 or 4 times a year for a few years now, with everyone bringing their own beverages and and appetizer or two to share.. I know they can handle the upscale stuff, but I also know they prefer the simple treats by far! I made deviled eggs( which disappeared!), and a tray full of these onion wraps, affectionately known as Polish roses. The descendants of Polish immigrants around here seem to love these things, and are at a lot of wedding buffets..
Simple to make, you get some good looking green onions, wash and trim back the greens not to be eaten, leaving some as a handle of sorts for holding them while you eat one! Trim roots off, leaving a flat end. Take dried or corned beef of appropriate size, spread with softened cream cheese, and wrap around edible end tightly- you now have one done! Refrigerate for two hours, and serve. Ham, roast beef, flavorings to cream cheese are all fun to try... A tip to some of you new cooks starting to get a little experimental- don't make it look like what people are used to, if you are going to change the flavor expected- warn them first, and they will like it more!