Archive

Tag Archives: Shrimp

From the moment I saw these on Shelby’s blog, I knew that I needed to try them. She always has tasty looking dinners, and this one was no exception.

Shrimp rangoons were a major win in my book. They took just minutes to put together and in my typical style, I was able to have the whole kitchen cleaned up before they were out of the oven.

Excellent “after work” dinner choice. Equally good for a snack or appetizer. Best of all, this dish gets the “we can serve this to other people” seal of approval.

After I put my rangoons in the oven and shifted my focus to the dipping sauce, I realized that I was missing one key component from Shelby’s recipe: apricot preserves.

I searched high and low for a good substitute, but all of our preserves were berry flavored. Berry dipping sauce just didn’t seem right.

By the time Chris got home from work, I was feeding him a spoonful of sweet and spicy red dipping sauce out of the food processor and asking “Does this taste like an Asian-ish dipping sauce to you?”

It did. Peach pineapple chipotle salsa puréed into oblivion and masquerading as Chinese dipping sauce.  Sweet (and spicy) success!

 

From Shelby at eat, drink, run

Ingredients:

For the rangoons:

  • 6 oz salad shrimp, ours came pre-cooked, peeled, and w/o tails
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste (or sub 1/2 tsp Sriracha)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • olive oil spray

For my sauce:

For Shelby’s sauce: (I didn’t try this one because we had no apricot preserves, but I imagine that it would be tasty as well and the ingredients are probably easier to find.)

  • 2 tbsp apricot preserves
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • splash of soy sauce

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • If your shrimp are damp, put them on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes as it heats to dry them out.
  • Combine cream cheese, scallions, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste, garlic and sesame oil.  Stir until smooth.
  • Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil spray, ensuring that each cup’s bottom and sides are coated.
  • Press a wonton wrapper in to each cup.
  • Place about 3 small shrimp in the bottom of each cup reserving 12 shrimp for toppers.
  • Divide cream cheese mixture among cups, spooning it on top of the shrimp.
  • Place one shrimp in each cup on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake until edges of wontons are brown and crisp, about 12-15 minutes.
  • To make my sauce: combine ingredients in food processor, pulse until smooth.
  • To make Shelby’s sauce: stir together all ingredients.

Servings ~ 2

Calories (rangoons) ~ 361, Fat ~ 10 g, Carbohydrates ~ 41 g, Protein ~ 26 g 
Calories (rangoons w/my sauce) ~ 465, Fat ~ 10 g, Carbohydrates ~ 69 g, Protein ~ 26 g
Calories (rangoons w/Shelby’s sauce) ~ 422, Fat ~ 10 g, Carbohydrates ~ 57 g, Protein ~ 26 g

After making a huge bowl of peach salsa, Chris and I needed to get busy eating peach salsa like nobody’s business.

Putting the peach salsa on tacos over shrimp seemed like a no-brainer.

Not only was this a super tasty meal, it was pretty healthy, and even quick and easy to make. This one is likely to go into our regular rotation!

Incidentally, the leftover peach salsa is also really good as a topping for cottage cheese. Does anyone else regularly eat salsas on cottage cheese?

Chris and I were debating the salsa on cottage cheese thing over lunch today as we each scarfed some down. We both did it before we met, but I am convinced it is out of the norm. He is convinced that it is commonplace. What do you think?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. salad shrimp w/o tail
  • cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 head of cabbage, finely shredded
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups (about 4 servings) peach salsa
  • olive oil spray

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to broil.
  • Cook shrimp, I defrosted pre-cooked frozen shrimp by steaming them.
  • Spray tortillas with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and place them in the oven. Heat tortillas in oven until they are pliable.
  • Shred cabbage and set aside.
  • Drain shrimp, then season to taste with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Assemble tacos with cabbage, shrimp, then salsa on top.
  • Other tasty toppings might include sour cream, hot sauce, or guacamole.

Servings ~ 2
Calories ~ 350, Fat ~ 5 g, Carbohydrates ~ 51 g, Protein ~ 29 g

We have another winner! Duke’s House deems these “Good enough to serve to other people!”

The prep time on this dish was a bit longer than I typically like for a week night dinner, but it was well worth the effort. I suppose that I could have chopped up most of those veggies the night before to cut down prep time, but that would involve planning my meal ahead. Highly unlikely.

I read yesterday that jicama could be used as a substitute for watercress in stir fry, so I thought, why not use my leftover jicama from my Corn and Jicama Salad in some egg rolls? It was a great plan!

I highly recommend serving these with Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce. Chris was kind enough to make the dipping sauce, which seemed a little overwhelming after cutting all of those veggies and filling the egg rolls. It could easily be made a day ahead of time, or there would have been plenty of time for me to make it during the 14 minutes that the egg rolls were in the oven.

We both enjoyed these tremendously and will probably serve them as hors d’oeuvres next time we have a party.

Adapted from LovesToEat.

Ingredients:

  • egg roll wrappers (I used 16)
  • 1/2 lb. salad shrimp, deveined and w/o tail
  • 1 avocado, sliced thinly
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced lengthwise very thinly
  • 1/2 orange pepper Julienne
  • 1/2 green pepper Julienne
  • 6 scallions sliced lengthwise very thinly
  • 1 cup carrots sliced very thinly (I used about 10 baby carrots)
  • 1 cup jicama sliced very thinly (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • olive oil spray

Directions:

  • Cook shrimp. When finished, drain and set aside.
  • Slice vegetables as described above.
  • Crack one egg into a small bowl and beat egg.
  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Coat a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
  • Assembling the egg rolls:
    • Place an egg roll wrapper on a flat surface.
    • Put a few pieces of each filling ingredient on a diagonal across one corner of the wrapper.
    • Begin rolling from the corner about 1/2 of a turn, then fold the two sides in snugly.
    • Continue rolling until about 1″ of wrapper remains.
    • Use a brush to brush some egg onto the corner flap to stick it down.
    • Brush the remainder of the egg roll lightly with egg, then place on the baking sheet.
    • Repeat as needed.
  • When all of the rolls have been assembled, bake for 6-7 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • Flip the egg rolls, then bake for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve with dipping sauce, I recommend Mango Dipping Sauce, hoisin sauce, or soy sauce.

Servings ~ 4
Calories ~ 465, Fat ~ 9 g, Carbohydrates ~ 76 g, Protein ~ 24 g