Shrimp Cakes

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1lb raw shrimp, chopped

¾ cup panko

2 Eggs

3 tbsp minced scallion

1 tsp grated lemon zest

¾ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp pepper ¼ cup olive oil or canola oil

1 tsp salt

In a bowl mix shrimp, panko, eggs, scallions, lemon zest, smoked paprik ,salt and pepper.

Form into cakes depending on the sizes that you desire. Small for appetizers or medium for dinner for 2.

In a large skillet heat the oil. In batches of 3 or 4 cook the cakes over moderately high heat until brown. 2 minutes each side.

When finish place on a paper towel to drain and serve with your choice of aioli or cocktail sauce. I prefer aioli.

Quick aioli: mayo, minced garlic, salt , pepper, lemon juice

 

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Avocado Egg rolls with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

3 avocados, halved, peeled

1 Roma tomato, diced

1 half red onion, diced

1 cup chopped cilantro (fresh)

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

8 egg roll wrappers (they will be frozen purchase 1 day ahead to thaw in the fridge)

 

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves ( loosely packed)

1/3 cup of sour cream ( may substitute with Greek yogurt)

1 jalapeno seeded and chopped

2 garlic cloves

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

Instructions

To make the cilantro dipping sauce, combine cilantro, sour cream or Greek yogurt, jalapeno, mayonnaise, garlic and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet (I personally use a cast iron Dutch oven)

In a bowl, gently mash avocados using a fork or potato masher. Add tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and gently toss.

One at a time place 2 tbsp. in the center of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper looking at the illustrated instructions on the packaging. Make sure to rub the edges with water and pressing to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and avocado mixture.

Working in batches, add egg rolls to Dutch oven or pan and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy. This should take 2-3 minutes. Make sure the heat of your oil is on a medium heat so you do not burn the wonton wrapper.

Transfer to a paper towel lined plate

Serve with dipping sauce

 

 

Crispy Battered Old bay Chicken

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This came out way better than I thought it would.

Batter: 1 3/4 cups of flour,  1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of old bay, 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper,  a pinch of salt, 1 cup of water.
You can always change the measurements of Ingredients to make the batter thicker or thinner or even make a larger batch.You can season the chicken with any spices that you choose. I used salt, pepper, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and paprika. I used chicken breast sliced thin for a quick fry so the batter wouldn’t burn. This batter also works well with chicken thighs too. Next time I think I will cut the chicken breast into chunks before frying to make them bite size pieces. For oil for dying I prefer to use canola, but you can use any oil that you like. Hope you enjoy!

Walnut Vinaigrette

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Walnut Vinaigrette

¼ Cup of walnut oil                                                                          ¼ cup of olive oil

1 cup of orange juice                                                                      salt and pepper (to your liking)

3 to 4 cloves of garlic minced                                                       shredded Parmesan

1 tsp of red pepper flakes                                                            ¼ cup of lemon juice

The best way I have made this is adding all of the ingredients and slowly whisking in the olive oil and walnut oil and add the Parmesan cheese at the end. Pour the mixture over your favorite Kale ( either Tuscan or regular) and let it sit for no less than 20 minutes. If your pressed for time like I always am you can use your favorite pulp free orange juice or if you can freshly squeeze 2 to 3 oranges.  It’s so good. Before eating toss  with a little more Parmesan cheese and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!!

Mole

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Mole

1 ½ cups of smoked almonds                                                      4 tbsp tomato paste

1 cup of raisins                                                                                  3 canned chipotles in adobo sauce

2 tbsp of ground cumin                                                                 1 tbsp of adobo sauce

3 tsp of ground cinnamon                                                            6 cloves of garlic

1 vidalia onion/ sweet onion                                                       4 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp of salt

This mole can used for any meat of your choice. Steak, chicken or pork. I used chicken and it always comes out full of flavor and good.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash

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What I love about this vegetable is that you have many different ways to cook it. This time my cuts were long and I mixed them with garlic, brown sugar, salt , pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Roasted them for 45-55 minutes in a 400 degree oven. They were so good.

Eggplant Fritters

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2 cups of flour                                                                                                   2 cups of Italian bread crumbs

4 eggs                                                                                                                  2tsp. of water

1 cup of shredded Parmesan or pecorino cheese                                       2 medium eggplant (shaved and diced)

2 cups of oil for frying (whichever you prefer)

First you will need 3 separate bowls. In one bowl add the flour. Add the Italian bread crumbs and add half of the cheese. You may add a little salt and pepper or any other spices to make it your own dish. (Smoked paprika may be nice) Mix well. Beat the four eggs into the third bowl and add the 2 tsp. of water. Take a piece of eggplant and dip into the flour until completely covered. Next dip it into the egg wash and last the breadcrumbs. Repeat this until all of your pieces of eggplant are covered. If you run out that’s okay, just add a little more of what you may need. Let you eggplant pieces sit for a while before frying to make sure that your breading sticks. You may also do this ahead of time and place them in the refrigerator. Just remember if you do this make sure you let the eggplant come to room temperature before frying. Fry your eggplant to a golden brown. After frying place the eggplant onto a paper towel to drain. Remember don’t overcrowd your pan so that your batches fry evenly. After each batch use the left over cheese to sprinkle on top and a little salt. You may also garnish with Italian parsley.  Enjoy!