My own dear mom, Mamatouille the First, got me a subscription to Taste of Home's Quick Cooking magazine back in 2002 (now it's apparently called Simple and Delicious). I found this wraps recipe in their January/February issue and I've never looked back--I make it for all kinds of gatherings and I always, without fail, get asked for the recipe. So this time it goes out to Takako and Chisa. This one's for you!
1 package (8 oz. or 230 g) cream cheese, softened (if you forget to leave it out for a while, just give it a quick zap in the microwave)
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 package (8 oz.) imitation crabmeat (you know, krab with a "k"), flaked
8 flour tortillas (10 inches or 25 cm) - I always use 5 tortillas because that's how many fit rolled up in my baby oven
(I also add sliced green onions and sliced black olives, though the recipe didn't call for these)
Just combine everything in a bowl (except for the tortillas and salsa, of course). I use a fork or a rice-cooker paddle to mix it up, and while the mixture's in the bowl, I divide it into five portions to make sure there's roughly the same amount in each wrap. Spread each tortilla with some of the mixture, roll them up, place them on an ungreased baking tray, and at this point I usually cover them with plastic wrap and slide them into the fridge overnight. Makes party prep the next day that much easier.
Bake at 350/180 for about 20 minutes, though it usually takes less than this, even straight from the fridge. Then slice 'em up after they've cooled for a couple of minutes.
I buy these green onions already sliced from the grocery store. Can you get those where you are? SO convenient.
I've lost touch with Western food prices, but 8 oz. of cream cheese here in Japan costs about US$3. I don't buy it very often because of that! How much is it in your neck of the woods? (Helpful hint: It is worth it for these wraps, though!)
I recently made them for a mochitsuki party for two of the blokes who don't enjoy mochi! Me? I had some of both. (Figures.)