Spicy Baked Shrimp Balls

Starters | August 15, 2016 | By

I served these spicy baked shrimp balls at a recent dinner party I hosted and they were gobbled up before I could fill up a second cocktail! In addition to the mighty potent libations, these little apps were a major hit! They require very little prep time and are baked, not fried, meaning low calories but with plenty of flavor! Serve them with store-bought sweet chili sauce for dipping. These babies truly are to die for!

Spicy Baked Shrimp Balls
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 Thai chili peppers, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Sweet chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place shrimp in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, shallots, and peppers until translucent, about 3 minutes. Transfer veggies to a bowl to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, add to the shrimp the egg whites, bread crumbs, green onion, cilantro, salt, chili peppers, and lime juice. When veggies have cooled, add to the mixture and combine all ingredients well.
  4. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Working in batches, form 1-inch balls with the shrimp mixture and place in rows on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Spray tops of the shrimp balls with cooking spray before putting in the oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Set oven to broil and brown the tops of the shrimp balls, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a side of sweet chili dipping sauce.
Notes
Can be made ahead a day in advance. Refrigerate overnight.

 

Grilled Asian Flank Steak

Main, Meat | August 8, 2016 | By

Now, I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen with Damien to prep for this delicious Asian flank steak! The marinade is heaven, the meat grills up quickly and is melt-in-your-mouth tender! Lay it over a nice bowl of steamed jasmine rice and you’ve got one amazing steak dinner!

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Grilled Asian Flank Steak
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds flank steak, fat trimmed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 red Thai chili peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Fresh cilantro to garnish
  • Cooked jasmine rice
Instructions
  1. Place whole flank steak into a large Ziplock plastic bag. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, sugar, lime, and canola oil. Whisk until blended well. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Pour rest of mixture over the flank steak. Seal the plastic bag, massage marinade into the steak, and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat an outdoor grill or grill pan on high heat. Grill the flank steak on both sides about 8 minutes per side for medium doneness. Remove to a cutting board and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Heat remaining marinade in a small sauce pot until slightly reduced. Place steak over jasmine rice, pour remaining sauce over steak, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
Notes
Adapted from: www.epicurious.com