Steamed Vietnamese Rolls

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Starters | March 21, 2017 | By

Had a fabulous dinner recently at Indochine in NYC!  I loved one of their appetizers and had to recreate it with my own twist, Steamed Vietnamese Rolls, with a ground turkey and shrimp filling that’s to die for!  It’s ridiculously easy to make, but you will need either a bamboo steamer or a steamer insert for a large pot.  You sauté the veggies first and add to the protein mixture which is then topped with bean sprouts and warmly nestled into wonton wrappers.  The rolls steam up to perfection!  Serve along side a tasty dipping sauce and your party guests will beg for this starter recipe!  

Wonton wrappers are filled with goodness, ground turkey, shrimp and sautéed veggies, then steamed in a bamboo steamer.

These delicious wonton rolls are steamed quickly, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce, these steamed Vietnamese rolls are a hit!

Steamed Vietnamese Rolls
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 oz. wonton wrappers (3x3’s)
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon mirin wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat canola oil in a medium sauté pan. Add in the garlic, shallots, carrots, and Thai chili peppers. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in the green onions, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey and chopped shrimp. Add in the sautéed vegetables and mix until well combined. Place a small amount of water at the bottom of a large wok, and set a bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper into the wok (or you can use a regular steamer insert into a pot).
  3. Place a wonton wrapper on a flat surface and add about 1 tablespoon of the mixture to the middle of the wrapper. Top the mixture with fresh basil and some beansprouts. Use your finger to dab some water along the top edge of the wonton wrapper. Fold the bottom edge up towards the top, rolling the wonton to meet the top edge. Seal and place in a bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Keep repeating this process until you fill the steamer with the wonton rolls. Heat the wok on high until boiling. Cook (steam) the wonton rolls until mixture is cooked thoroughly, around 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately on a platter with the dipping sauce.
  4. To make the dipping sauce: Whisk together the chili sauce, sambal oelek, mirin wine, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, and fresh basil. Serve along side the steamed rolls.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores. You can substitute the sambal oelek for sriracha sauce.

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Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Main, Poultry, Starters | February 21, 2017 | By

How many ways can you cook chicken? Stop hitting yourself over the head with a meat mallet because you’re stuck on the same old recipes! Find some wooden skewers and make this easy and fun-to-eat chicken dish! You can serve it as a starter, or make it a main course with steamed rice on the side. I’ve skewered it with both chicken cutlets or cut-up chicken breasts. Either will do. The chicken doesn’t take long to grill using an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill, so stay on top of it! If you have any leftovers, top a salad with this chicken — so tasty!

Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Marinade
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken tenders
  • 8 bamboo skewers soaked for 30 minutes
Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed or grated garlic
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In medium sized bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, sambal oelek, lime juice, ginger and cilantro. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Put marinade in large plastic baggie and add chicken tenders. Refrigerate for one hour. Remove chicken from marinade (discard) and thread each chicken tender onto a bamboo skewer.
  2. Heat a grill pan or grill on medium-high. Spray with cooking spray first so chicken doesn't stick. Grill chicken 2 to 3 minutes on each side until cooked through and light grill marks appear. Serve with dipping sauce.
To make dipping sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Notes
Also good with rice on the side if serving as an entree.

Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

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Spicy Crab Salad & Guacamole Wonton Cups

Starters | November 8, 2016 | By

Just because it’s Tuesday doesn’t mean we can’t chow down with some awesome football snacks, right? Here’s my take on a guacamole chip & dip using baked wonton wrappers and spicy crab salad. Yum, yum! They’re so easy to make, baked not fried, and super healthy.  Whip these out at your next football get-together and watch your friends “ooh and ahh!” Go team!

Fill each muffin tin with a wonton wrapper.

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Bake the wontons in a muffin tin for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

wontons-bakedPlace a layer of fresh guacamole at the bottom of each wonton.

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Spicy Crab Salad & Guacamole Wonton Cups
 
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Serves: 18 cups
Ingredients
  • 18 fresh wonton wrappers
  • 1 (8 oz.) jar white lump crab meat (picked over for shells)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Thai red chili peppers or 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup store-bought guacamole
  • Spicy Aioli:
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste) or Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a wonton wrapper into each of the muffin openings, pressing down firmly to prevent bubbling. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a baking rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine together the crab meat with the yellow peppers, chili peppers, green onions, lime juice, salt, and cilantro.
  3. To make the aioli sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sambal oelek (or Sriracha sauce). Set aside.
  4. To assemble the wontons: Place a layer of guacamole at the bottom of the wonton. Add a small scoop of crab salad, and top with a dollop of aioli sauce.
Notes
You also can make these in a mini-muffin tin that holds 24 wontons. Sambal oelek can found at your local grocery store or specialty Asian markets.