Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations May 5, 2013, National Party Supply Internet Retailer, Shindigz.com releases the results of a nationwide survey. Mexican tops the list formerly held by Italian Cuisine.
For decades the most popular ethnic food cuisine has been Italian, ranging from pizza to pasta dishes. There are actually more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King combined, according to 2009 statistics.
But it’s the growth in Hispanic style food and beverages being consumed both at home and away that has surged the past couple of years. While Cinco de Mayo has an impact this time of year, the growth of Mexican influenced cuisine has been steady over the past 36 months.
Results from a national party poll conducted by Shindigz lists Chips and Salsa; Margaritas, and Guacamole as year round favorites. With more people cooking at home again, many are creating their own Hispanic influenced dishes such as this Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball which was featured on the Shindigz Party Recipe website.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 Serrano seeded and diced
- 1 Habanero seeded and diced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced
In a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer add the cream cheese and mayo and whip till well blended.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till well combined.
Pour out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the cheese mixture and form a ball. Twist end tightly.
Refrigerate for 4 hours.
Cook up the bacon in a large skillet till crispy. Drain and cool. Crumble.
Remove cheese ball from refrigerator and roll in bacon crumbles.
Serve immediately with crackers, celery, apples or whatever else you like.
Shindigz is now featuring a new recipe every week at Shindigz Party Recipes.