Shrimp and Turkey Asian Meatballs

Starters | March 28, 2016 | By

When I entertain, I like to include a hot appetizer, like these tasty Asian meatballs. Honestly, how many “Italian” meatballs can you keep eating? This is a fantastic Asian alternative and just as simple to make. You can substitute the ground turkey for ground pork, ground chicken, or even ground sausage. So many options!

Shrimp and Turkey Asian Meatballs
 
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Serves: 20 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine turkey, shrimp, garlic, shallots, onions, ginger, carrots, red pepper flakes, egg, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs until thoroughly mixed. Form into 2-inch balls and place on baking tray lined with waxed paper.
  2. Heat canola oil in a heavy, oven-proof skillet or cast iron pan on high heat. Brown meatballs in skillet on both sides, about 2 minutes, and place skillet in hot oven for 10 more minutes until cooked through. Remove and serve immediately with dipping sauce.
  3. To make dipping sauce: Whisk together chili sauce, sambal oelek, mirin wine, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, and fresh cilantro. Serve along side the meatballs.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores. You can substitute the sambal oelek for sriracha sauce.

 

Crispy Calamari with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Starters | March 21, 2016 | By

In my family, we are serious calamari lovers — prepared any which way! Of course, you can’t go wrong with crispy, fried calamari. A lot of folks won’t even touch the tentacles, which is why you won’t see them in this recipe. The cornstarch makes these sea creatures light and crispy, and the aioli dipping sauce gives it a really nice kick. Make these as a starter or on top of your favorite salad!

Crispy Calamari with Spicy Dipping Sauce
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Cornstarch for dredging
  • 1 pound bag squid rings, defrosted
  • Chopped, fresh cilantro
  • Lemon wedges
Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy wok or saucepan, heat the oil until very hot. Put cornstarch in a shallow bowl. Mix in Chinese 5-spice, cayenne pepper, and salt. Put the eggs in another shallow bowl. Dip the calamari into the eggs, but don't oversaturate. Then dredge calamari in the cornstarch mixture and shake off excess. Working in batches, add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and squeeze of lemons.
  2. To make the Dipping Sauce: Combine together the mayonnaise, sambal oelek, and chili sauce. Serve along side the calamari.
  3. Notes: Sambal oelek can be found at specialty markets and some local grocery stores. You can substitute this with sriracha sauce.
  4. Adapted from: Wendy Leon/Recipe.com

 

Thai Steamed Mussels

Thai Steamed Mussels

I recently went to this incredible seafood restaurant in New York City called “Flex Mussels.” On their menu they feature 23 different mussels preparations. The Thai Steamed Mussels were my favorite and I had to recreate it when I returned home! I also had a little help from my Staten Island friend, Carolyn, who shared her version of Thai mussels with me. I know most people are accustomed to the Italian preparation (which I also love), but this Asian-inspired mussels recipe is absolutely worth trying. I promise! Make sure to have a side of crusty bread for dipping in the yummy sauce!

Thai Steamed Mussels
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped leeks (whites only)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped (soft white bulb only)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest from one lime
  • 1 13-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 6 pounds fresh mussels
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Clean, scrub, and de-beard mussels. Discard any open mussels. Heat coconut oil in a heavy sauce pan, Dutch oven, or wok. Add shallots, garlic, leeks, and lemongrass and sauté 3 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in red pepper flakes and lime zest. Add in coconut milk, fish sauce, white wine, and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a boil. Add mussels, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 8 to 10 minutes until mussels are open. Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.
  2. Adapted from: Carolyn Decorato