Stuffed Mini Peppers

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These stuffed mini peppers are a quick and easy appetizer or snack. No cooking or baking required. Just mix the chicken filling and stuff the peppers. It’s really easy to make and delicious!

 

Ingredients: 

1 canned white chicken

1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese

2 cloves garlic crushed

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic parsley seasoning

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

4 ozs. cream cheese

2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

* green onion,parsley, or dill (optional)

 

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together using a kitchen aid or hand blender.

Stuff mini peppers with chicken and cheese filling.

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 canned white chicken
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic parsley seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Mix all the ingredients together using a kitchen aid or hand blender.
  3. Stuff mini peppers with chicken and cheese filling.
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Tomato Cheese Appetizer

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tomato cheese appetizer

 

 

These tomato cheese appetizers are  delicious,quick and easy to make.My moms garden has been in abundance of ripe red tomatoes,so I’ve been using tomatoes in many different ways.This appetizer is very well known among Slavic people,I twisted a little by adding sliced hard boil egg.

 

Ingredients:

tomatoes sliced

mozzarella cheese shredded

mayonnaise

garlic cloves crushed

hard boiled eggs sliced

salt and black pepper if desired

dill for garnish

 

Directions:

Combine garlic and mayonnaise.

Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.(optional)

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Garnish with dill.

tomato cheese appetizers

Tomato Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients

  • tomatoes sliced
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic cloves crushed
  • hard boiled eggs sliced
  • salt and black pepper if desired
  • dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine garlic and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  6. Garnish with dill.
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Bruschetta

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bruschetta

 

Bruschetta is one of my favorite summer appetizers.It’s one of the  freshest,simplest, and healthiest appetizers out there(no frying or mayo).

The combination of sweet tomatoes and aromatic basil with tangy sweet balsamic and olive oil is simply divine.Great thing about bruschetta… that it can be served as an appetizer,snack,salad or lunch.Whatever you’re in the mood for.And at parties they’re are gone in a zoom!

Ingredients:

3 roma tomatoes diced

4 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese

5-6 fresh basil leaves sliced

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes chopped(optional)

2 tablespoons fire roasted peppers chopped (optional)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil(good quality)

2 tablespoons black or white balsamic vinegar

salt and fresh ground pepper

1/2 french baguette or any Italian bread sliced diagonally (I used whole wheat french baguette)

2 cloves garlic

olive oil for drizzling

Heat oven on broil.

Arrange bread slices on a lined baking sheet.

Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and black pepper.

Toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until  bread is slightly browned.Let cool.

In a bowl, combine tomatoes,mozzarella cheese,basil,sun-dried tomatoes,fire roasted peppers,salt,balsamic vinegar,and olive oil.Set aside.

Rub each piece of bread with garlic.

Spoon tomato mix on top of each slice of bread.

 

 

Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 3 roma tomatoes diced (liquid removed)
  • 4 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes chopped(optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fire roasted peppers chopped (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil(good quality)
  • 2 tablespoons black or white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 french baguette or any Italian bread sliced diagonally (I used whole wheat french baguette)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Heat oven on broil.
  2. Arrange bread slices on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and black pepper.
  4. Toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until bread is slightly browned.Let cool.
  5. In a bowl, combine tomatoes,mozzarella cheese,basil,sun-dried tomatoes,fire roasted peppers,salt,balsamic vinegar,and olive oil.Set aside.
  6. Rub each piece of bread with garlic.
  7. Spoon tomato mix on top of each slice of bread.
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Grande Nachos

Grande Nachos

Grande Nachos

 It won’t take a long time for these Grande Nachos to become your family favorite.A large platter of crisp tortilla chips loaded with seasoned chicken,hearty beans,cheese,tomatoes,sour cream and green onion. And to elevate it to a  more SUPREME level, Add some fresh guacamole,jalapeño and cilantro. This recipe was inspired by my awesome sister Dasha. She served them as appetizer,and made a big crowd rush to the table.

You can omit chicken to make it vegetarian and use steak or ground meat instead of chicken.

Ingredients:

(As much as you like)

Tortilla chips

refried beans (heated)

shredded cheddar cheese or nacho cheese

sour cream

diced tomatoes

sliced fresh or pickled jalapeño (optional)

sliced green onion

chopped cilantro

guacamole  or diced avocado

1 chicken breast

salt

pepper

1/2 teaspoon chill powder*

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder*

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

1 tablespoon lemon/lime

1 tablespoon oil

* you can sub in your favorite chicken seasoning.

Direction:

Chicken-

Combine salt,pepper,cumin,chili powder,garlic powder,oil,and lemon/lime juice.

Add marinade to chicken breast and let it marinate for 15 minutes.

Grill,bake,or pan sear the chicken breast on both sides.( I used electric grill.)

Let it slightly cool.

Cut the chicken in small-medium cubes.

Arrange first layer of chips on oven safe platter.

Layer with cheese,beans,and chicken.

Repeat the steps with second layer.(chips+cheese+etz…)

Heat oven on 350 degrees.

Place the arranged platter in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with sour cream,tomatoes,jalapeños,green onions,cilantro,and guacamole or diced avocado.

Grande Nachos

Ingredients

  • (As much as you like)
  • Tortilla chips
  • refried beans (heated)
  • shredded cheddar cheese or nacho cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced fresh or pickled jalapeño (optional)
  • sliced green onion
  • chopped cilantro
  • guacamole or diced avocado
  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chill powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon/lime
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • * you can sub in your favorite chicken seasoning.

Instructions

  1. Chicken-
  2. Combine salt,pepper,cumin,chili powder,garlic powder,oil,and lemon/lime juice.
  3. Add marinade to chicken breast and let it marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Grill,bake,or pan sear the chicken breast on both sides.( I used electric grill.)
  5. Let it slightly cool.
  6. Cut the chicken in small-medium cubes.
  7. Arrange first layer of chips on oven safe platter.
  8. Layer with cheese,beans,and chicken.
  9. Repeat the steps with second layer.(chips+cheese+etz…)
  10. Heat oven on 350 degrees.
  11. Place the arranged platter in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  12. Top with sour cream,tomatoes,jalapeños,green onions,cilantro,and guacamole or diced avocado.
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Buffalo Wings

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buffalo wings

As we all know buffalo wings are a popular game day party food.And no need to take out or to buy some in the freezer section of your grocery store,because….they are so easy to make at home,much healthier and so tasty.These are baked until the skin is nice and crispy then tossed with  Franks hot sauce. Simple ingredients,easy method,and amazing finger licking results.

Ingredients:

30 chicken wings

3/4 cup Franks Hot sauce

4 tablespoons butter

salt and pepper.

 

Direction:

Heat oven to 500 degrees

Bring a pot of water to boil.

Season water with salt.

Throw in wings.

Cook for 5 minutes.

Drain the water.

Season wings with more salt and black pepper.

Arrange on a cooling rack.

Place cooling rack on top of rimmed baking sheet.

Add water to the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 25- 30 minutes one side,then another 20-30 minutes the other side or until skin is golden in color.

Heat sauce and butter in a small sauce pan until butter is melted.

Place wings in a bowl and toss with sauce.Let rest for about 3 minutes and toss again.

 

Buffalo Wings

Ingredients

  • 30 chicken wings
  • 3/4 cup Franks Hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  3. Season water with salt.
  4. Throw in wings.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Drain the water.
  7. Season wings with more salt and black pepper.
  8. Arrange on a cooling rack.
  9. Place cooling rack on top of rimmed baking sheet.
  10. Add water to the bottom of the pan.
  11. Bake for 25- 30 minutes one side,then another 20-30 minutes the other side or until skin is golden in color.
  12. Heat sauce and butter in a small sauce pan until butter is melted.
  13. Place wings in a bowl and toss with sauce.Let rest for about 3 minutes and toss again.
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Hot BBQ wings

Hot BBQ wings

Hot BBQ wings

 

These Hot BBQ Wings are a creative twist to original buffalo wings.This recipe was inspired by my brother-in-law Alex  who also cooks amazing plov and is a pro at grilling. He deep fries wings in batches to get a perfect result of crispy wing on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside.I decided to bake instead, and with a little trick the result of  crispy and moist wing is achieved. You can make them either way and enjoy!

Ingredients:

30 chicken wings.

1/2 cup favorite bbq sauce *

1/2 cup Franks Hot sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 lemon squeezed

salt & pepper

*If your bbq sauce too tangy,add some sugar to the sauce to balance out the flavor.

Direction-

1.Bring pot with water to a boil.

2.Season water with salt.

3.Throw in wings and cook for 5 minutes.

4.Transfer wings to a bowl and season more with salt,pepper and lemon juice.

5.Heat oven to 500 degrees.

6.Arrange wings on a cooling rack.

7.Place cooling rack on top of rimmed baking sheet.

8.Add some water to the bottom of the pan.

9.Bake for 30 minutes.

10.Turn wings over and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until wings are golden brown.

11.Heat both sauces in a sauce pan with butter. ( add sugar if needed)

12.Place wings in a bowl and toss with sauce. Let rest for 3-5 minutes and toss again.

I sprinkled some minced cilantro on top.

Hot BBQ wings

Ingredients

  • 30 chicken wings.
  • 1/2 cup favorite bbq sauce *
  • 1/2 cup Franks Hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • salt & pepper
  • *If your bbq sauce too tangy,add some sugar to the sauce to balance out the flavor.

Instructions

  1. 1.Bring pot with water to a boil.
  2. 2.Season water with salt.
  3. 3.Throw in wings and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. 4.Transfer wings to a bowl and season more with salt,pepper and lemon juice.
  5. 5.Heat oven to 500 degrees.
  6. 6.Arrange wings on a cooling rack.
  7. 7.Place cooling rack on top of rimmed baking sheet.
  8. 8.Add some water to the bottom of the pan.
  9. 9.Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. 10.Turn wings over and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until wings are golden brown.
  11. 11.Heat both sauces in a sauce pan with butter. ( add sugar if needed)
  12. 12.Place wings in a bowl and toss with sauce. Let rest for 3-5 minutes and toss again.
  13. I sprinkled some minced cilantro on top.
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Fried Calamari with Sweet Chili Sauce

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This is a copy cat recipe from Ruth’s Chris steakhouse restaurant.We love it so much that I decided to recreate this appetizer dish.Their fried calamari with sweet chili sauce are AMAZING and addicting! They are dredged in seasoned flour coating, fried until browned and crispy, then tossed with sweet chili sauce and diced roasted red peppers.

 

Ingredients-

1 pound cleaned and pat dry squid with tentacles, bodies cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning

1 teaspoon black pepper

salt

1 red bell pepper

1/4 cup Sweet chili sauce(add more if you like it to be saucy)*

1/2 lemon squeezed

minced parsley or chopped green onion/chives

High heat oil

* I bought the sauce at Trader Joe’s,or you can make your own by this recipe.
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Directions-

Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.

Place bell pepper on a baking sheet.

Broil until charred,turning sides 3 times.

Remove from oven and place it inside the plastic bag or ziplock bag.

Set aside and let them cool enough to handle.

When peppers are ready to handle,peel off the skin.

Cut peppers in to 1/2 inch squares.Set a side.

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Pour enough oil in to a dutch oven or a sauce pan (about 2-3 inches from the bottom)

Heat oil over medium-high heat to 350 degrees.

In a bowl,combine flour,old bay seasoning, and black pepper.

In small handfuls,dredge the squid in the flour mixture and shake off excess.

Gently lower the squid in hot oil. Fry in batches for about 3 minutes or until lightly golden in color.

Remove from oil and sprinkle salt.

 

In a small sauce pan, heat sweet chili sauce with squeezed lemon juice.

Toss Calamari with sauce and roasted bell peppers.

Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with minced parsley and/or chives/green onions.

Squeeze more lemon  on top if desired.

 

Fried Calamari with Sweet Chili Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cleaned and pat dry squid with tentacles, bodies cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup Sweet chili sauce(add more if you like it to be saucy)*
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • minced parsley or chopped green onion/chives
  • High heat oil
  • * I bought the sauce at Trader Joe's,or you can make your own by this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.
  2. Place bell pepper on a baking sheet.
  3. Broil until charred,turning sides 3 times.
  4. Remove from oven and place it inside the plastic bag or ziplock bag.
  5. Set aside and let them cool enough to handle.
  6. When peppers are ready to handle,peel off the skin.
  7. Cut peppers in to 1/2 inch squares.Set a side.
  8. Pour enough oil in to a dutch oven or a sauce pan (about 2-3 inches from the bottom)
  9. Heat oil over medium-high heat to 350 degrees.
  10. In a bowl,combine flour,old bay seasoning, and black pepper.
  11. In small handfuls,dredge the squid in the flour mixture and shake off excess.
  12. gently lower the squid in hot oil. Fry in batches for about 3 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
  13. remove from oil and sprinkle salt.
  14. In a small sauce pan, heat sweet chili sauce with squeezed lemon juice.
  15. Toss Calamari with sauce and roasted bell peppers.
  16. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with minced parsley and/or chives/green onions.
  17. Squeeze more lemon on top if desired.
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Eggplant Salad

Eggplant salad

Eggplant salad

Salads play major role in Russian and Ukrainian cuisine especially at holidays or any kind of celebration.At weddings tables are filled with delicious food and big variety of salads;Eggplant salad would be one of them.I love and adore Eggplant salads!

My mother in law is a wonderful cook with a heart full of love and care.She is also known as a praying woman. She always likes to surprise her grandchildren with goodies and tries to make something  special for her adult children. She shared this recipe with me and I would say that it’s my favorite eggplant salad so far.It’s healthy and surprisingly filling.This salad stores well for weeks in a jar or airtight container.

Marinade-

3 quarts tomato juice

2 cups oil

1 1/4 cup sugar

3-3 1/2 tablespoons salt

1/3 cup vinegar

Vegetables-

4-5 eggplants cut into short thick strip

3 red bell peppers

4 carrots peeled and thinly julienned

1 garlic head peeled and crushed

3/4 cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

 

Direction:

Combine marinade ingredients in a pot.Bring to boil.

In batches,add eggplant to marinade and cook for 12-14 minutes.

Place colander on top of a bowl and transfer cooked eggplants to colander .

Cook bell peppers for about 7-8 minutes.Transfer to colander.

Cook carrots 5-7 minutes and transfer to colander with the rest of the vegetables.

Transfer vegetables from colander to a another bowl.Add herbs,garlic,and 1 cup of the marinade.Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Eggplant Salad

Ingredients

  • Marinade-
  • 3 quarts tomato juice
  • 2 cups oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3-3 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • Vegetables-
  • 4-5 eggplants cut into short thick strip
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 4 carrots peeled and thinly julienned
  • 1 garlic head peeled and crushed
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Direction:
  2. Combine marinade ingredients in a pot.Bring to boil.
  3. In batches,add eggplant to marinade and cook for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Place colander on top of a bowl and transfer cooked eggplants to colander .
  5. Cook bell peppers for about 7-8 minutes.Transfer to colander.
  6. Cook carrots 5-7 minutes and transfer to colander with the rest of the vegetables.
  7. Transfer vegetables from colander to a another bowl.Add herbs,garlic,and 1 cup of the marinade.Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
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Pickled Tomatoes

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Pickling tomatoes and cucumbers is very well-known in Russia and Ukraine. It’s a great way of preserving tomatoes in a brine and makes it enjoyable during winter months.These pickled tomatoes go well with famous Ukrainian fried potatoes and Uzbek plov. My dearest friend Nellya that lives in Ukraine shared this recipe with me,so the recipe is straight from Ukraine with Ukrainian method of pickling. Sterilizing jars for this recipe is not needed, but you will need a blanket or a thick towel.

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Pickled Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • Per 1 quart jar or 1 liter-
  • Tomatoes
  • 1-2 whole onion round
  • 5-6 carrot rounds
  • 3 bell pepper slices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • one sprig of parsley
  • one sprig of dill
  • 10 black peppercorns.
  • 1.5 heaping tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • water
  • For 3 liter jars-
  • 1.5 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Place onion,carrots,garlic,black peppercorns,dill,parsley,bay leaf on the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place tomatoes in a jar.preferably small, but slice in half or quarters if large.
  3. In a pot or sauce pan bring water to a boil.
  4. Fill jars(with tomatoes)with boiling water and let them sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Pour out the water from jars back into the pot and bring it to a boil again.
  6. Add sugar,salt and vinegar to the jar with tomatoes and fill it back with the boiling water that was poured out in to the pot.
  7. Close the lid tightly.Cover a table with blanket or towel, and place the jar upside down. cover it with blanket or a towel.
  8. Keep them covered with a blanket or a towel for 24 hours.
  9. Ready in a week or two.The longer, the better.
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Guacamole Dip

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Simple, fresh, healthy, delicious and perfect for parties or potlucks.

Guacamole Dip

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 red onion diced* optional
  • 1 tomato diced (seeds and pulp removed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)

Instructions

  1. Peel and mash avocados.
  2. Throw in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or add to quesadillas,burritos,or sandwiches.
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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

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Portobello mushrooms can be called “vegetarian meat”. They are very juicy and meaty.They can be grilled sliced as a side to your steak or chicken or you can make a veggie burger if grilled as whole.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 4 Portobello mushrooms sliced about 3/4''-1''
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 basil leaves finely chopped
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Marinade for 30 minutes.*
  3. Grill and serve.
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Pan-Fried Garlic Prawns

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This is one of the easiest pan-fried prawn/shrimp recipes that is remarkably delicious.Well seasoned prawns/shrimp  are fried with onions then tossed with more fresh onion and jalapenos.The result is sweet,juicy,garlicky,and slightly spicy.Yum!It’s all time favorite in my family.

Pan-Fried Garlic Prawns

Ingredients

  • 2lbs prawns or wild shrimp shell on*
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning (optional)
  • 1 onion sliced in to thick slices
  • 1-2 jalapenos sliced
  • 2/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup + more if needed high heat oil (I used avocado oil)
  • Optional-
  • chili powder or chili flakes to add more heat.
  • chopped scallions.
  • * You can use shell-off kind too

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl,combine prawns/shrimp,salt,pepper,onion powder,garlic powder,(optional;chili powder or flakes,old bay seasoning.)1/2 of sliced onion,1/2 of sliced jalapenos and corn starch.Set a side.
  2. In a another bowl, combine the rest of the onion and jalapeno. Or scallions with jalapeno or even both.
  3. Heat a wok or frying pan on high heat.Add oil and let it heat up.When the oil is really hot,fry prawns in batches on both sides. (about 3-4 batches).
  4. Place fried batch of prawns in to the bowl with onion and jalapeno and mix. Mix prawns every time when adding another batch.
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Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado Basil Spread

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Arrange sliced bread on baking sheet.Drizzle with some olive oil.

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Broil for 3-4 minutes in 500 degrees oven.

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Using a blender or food processor,pulse spinach,basil and garlic. Then add avocado,lemon juice,salt and olive oil.pulse until well blended.

Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado Basil Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + more to drizzle.
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 baguette sliced
  • 3-4 tomatoes sliced
  • fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • optional-balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.
  2. Arrange bread on baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with little bit of olive oil.
  4. Place it in the oven and toast it for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Spread:
  6. Using a blender or food processor,Blend together spinach,basil and garlic.
  7. Add Avocado,lemon juice,cheese,olive oil and salt.
  8. Pulse until well blended and the mixture is smooth.
  9. Spread avocado spinach spread on bread.
  10. Layer with mozzarella cheese,basil and tomato.
  11. Season with a little bit of salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  12. Drizzle with little balsamic vinegar when serving.(optional)
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Eggplant capresse appetizer

Eggplant capresse appetizer

Eggplant capresse appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • 5 crushed garlic cloves
  • fresh basil leaves
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Olive oil (better if fresh and cold pressed)
  • balsamic vinegar ( good quality)
  • Oil for frying eggplants

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle salt on both sides of the eggplant. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a frying pan and add plenty of oil.
  3. Fry the eggplants on both sides.
  4. Let them cool.
  5. Spread a little of fresh crushed garlic on the eggplant.
  6. Add the sliced tomato on top of the eggplant.
  7. Then one whole leaf of fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella on top of the basil and tomato.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and fresh pepper.
  9. Drizzle Olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the cheese.
  10. Serve with fresh rustic bread or crostinnis.
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Salmon Cakes with creamy dill sauce

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Ingredients:
2 lbs fresh wild salmon
1 onion chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
salt to your taste
2 tablespoon fresh finely chopped parsley ( I used Italian)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup oil
panko bread crumbs

Directions:
Saute onions with 3 tablespoon butter in a saute pan.
Grind fish,sauteed onions and parsley by using a meat grinder.
Add all the spices,hot sauce,mustard,mayonnaise and egg to the fish.
Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Form the fish mixture into patties and coat it with panko breadcrumbs.
Heat a skillet with oil and 3 tablespoon butter on medium heat.
Fry the fish patties on both sides. 5-7 minutes per side.
Add more oil and butter if needed.

Sauce:
3/4 heavy whipping cream
3 pieces laughing cow swiss cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt
1 teaspoon franks hot sauce (optional)

In a small sauce pan on medium heat, bring heavy cream and cheese to simmer.Always stirring until cheese is completely melted. ( about 5 minutes)
Turn off the heat and add salt,lemon juice,hot sauce and dill.Mix well and serve immediately over salmon cakes.

Shrimp canapes

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These Shrimp canapes are perfect for appetizer for any party or get together.They are my families  all-time favorite.

 

15-20 pieces of large raw shrimp cut in to pieces.
8 oz. cream cheese at room temp.
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
4 cloves crushed garlic
Shredded  colby jack or any other of your choice.
sliced baguette

Heat oven to 500 degrees.

With a hand mixer, combine cream cheese,mayo,seasoning salt, and garlic.
Spread the mixture on the baguette slices.
Place about 6-7 pieces of shrimps on top.
Sprinkle cheese on top of the shrimps.
Arrange prepared canapes on a baking sheet and place it in the oven.
Bake in the oven for about 8 -10 minutes.

Salmon rolls in phyllo dough

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This is a satisfying and awesome appetizer especially if you’re a seafood lover. Salmon rolls in phyllo dough  are filled with cream cheese and pimentos . I love this appetizer! It’s so delicate and delicious.The outside is crisp and flaky with creamy filling. I made for my sisters bridal shower that is getting married on February 26,2012
Ingredients:

Phyllo dough
1 stick butter melted
Fresh (I like to use wild)fillets of salmon sliced into 1/2 inch strips
cream cheese
1 jar of  diced pimentos(red sweet pepper)
white pepper
salt
dry dill

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees

Unroll the phyllo dough sheets.
Spread some melted butter with a brush all over the sheet.
Place second sheet on top and repeat with butter.
Place salmon strips on the edge of the phyllo dough.
With your hand take  some cream cheese and form it into a strip,and place it on top or by salmon.
Add Pimentos along the line.
Sprinkle with little bit of white pepper and salt.
Roll it up,brush on some melted butter on top and sprinkle with dry dill.
Repeat the steps for the rest of the rolls.
Bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes or so.

Salmon rolls in phyllo dough with cream cheese and Pimentos

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • Phyllo dough
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • Fresh (I like to use wild)fillets of salmon sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • cream cheese
  • 1 jar of diced pimentos(red sweet pepper)
  • white pepper
  • salt
  • dry dill

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Unroll the phyllo dough sheets.
  4. Spread some melted butter with a brush all over the sheet.
  5. Place second sheet on top and repeat with butter.
  6. Place salmon strips on the edge of the phyllo dough.
  7. With your hand take some cream cheese and form it into a strip,and place it on top or by salmon.
  8. Add Pimentos along the line.
  9. Sprinkle with little bit of white pepper and salt.
  10. Roll it up,brush on some melted butter on top and sprinkle with dry dill.
  11. Repeat the steps for the rest of the rolls.
  12. Bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes or so.
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Chicken Eggrolls

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These crispy homemade chicken eggrolls are better then any chinesse restaurant eggrolls. Everyone loves them in our family and they are gone in a blink at parties.You can substitute beef,pork,or turkey for chicken and omit meat for vegetarians.For best crispy results buy eggroll or lumpia wrappers in Asian market.
Ingredients:
3 boneless chicken thighs grounded
1 onion finely chopped
2 carrots shredded
¼ cabbage shredded
2 bean threads ( soaked in boiling water) cut into one inch wide
25 sheets egg roll wrappers
1 egg whipped with fork
1 egg whipped with fork for the wrapper
soy sauce
¼ cup oil + for frying
Other optional ingredients:
mushrooms
celery
string beans
zuchinni
Directions:
Heat oil on med-high heat. Add chicken.Cook until slightly browned.Add onions and carrots. Cook until tender.add cabbage,soy sauce and bean threads.cook for a minute or two ,stirring the mixture. Add egg and mix it in.
Take one wrapper,place meat mixture on the lower corner. seal top corners with whipped egg and roll them up tucking in the two side corners. Repeat with the rest.
In a medium size frying pan, heat plenty of oil and fry them turning once until golden brown. Make sure to stand by because they  tend to burn fast.
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Chicken Eggrolls

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 boneless chicken thighs grounded
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • ¼ cabbage shredded
  • 2 bean threads ( soaked in boiling water) cut into one inch wide
  • 25 sheets egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg whipped with fork
  • 1 egg whipped with fork for the wrapper
  • soy sauce
  • ¼ cup oil + for frying

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Heat oil on med-high heat.
  3. Add chicken.cook until slightly browned.
  4. Add onions and carrots. Cook until tender.
  5. Add cabbage,soy sauce and bean threads.Cook for a minute or two stirring the mixture.
  6. Add the egg and mix it in.
  7. Take one wrapper,place meat mixture on the lower corner. seal top corners with whipped egg and roll them up tucking in the two side corners. Repeat with the rest.
  8. In a medium size frying pan, heat plenty of oil and fry them turning once until golden brown. Make sure to stand by because they tend to burn fast.
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