Vietnamese spring rolls

Ingredients

Rolls:
2 oz rice vermicelli noodles
4 (8″ square) rice papers
8 medium cooked shrimp, peeled and split in half lengthwise
4 leaves red leaf lettuce
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/4 cup julienned cucumber
1/4 cup julienned carrot
1/4 cup julienned sweet onion
8 fresh chives
2 tbsp fresh mint, minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Sauce:
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 jalapeno pepper, cut into thin rings
2 tbsp dry roasted peanuts, chopped fine

How to prepare

For the rolls: put the noodles in a small bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let stand 15 minutes to soften. Drain well. Arrange 2 sheets of rice paper in a jelly roll pan. Cover with hot tap water and let stand 5 minutes to soften. Drain and repeat with remaining paper. Lay rice paper on a flat surface and arrange 4 shrimp halves across the center of each, cut side facing up. Cover with a lettuce leaf. Divide sprouts, herbs and vegetables among them. Careful roll up and arrange on a plate so that the cut side of the shrimp is facing up. For the sauce: combine hoisin sauce, chicken broth and fish sauce. Add slice jalapenos to taste and the peanuts. Serve with the spring rolls.

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Deviled shrimp

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 anchovy fillets, drained and minced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt

40 lg shrimp, uncooked, peeled & deveined
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

How to prepare

Using the back of a spoon, mash butter, anchovies, garlic, mustard, tabasco, worcestershire, and salt in a small bowl. Preheat broiler. Place shrimp in a single layer in a large baking dish. Spread butter mixture over shrimp. Broil shrimp without turning for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Serves: 8

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Habanero Hors D’oeuvres

Ingredients

Pastry dough
2 12 oz jars of whole habanero peppers
8 oz package of regular or low-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup low-fat or nonfat sour cream
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
2 oz unsalted, unoiled cashew nuts, chopped fine
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp coarse-grind black pepper
approx 1/8 cup water
approx 1/8 cup milk

How to prepare

Wear rubber gloves and work outdoors or in a well-ventilated kitchen. Pour off the vinegar in which the habaneros are packed and save it to use in seasoning salads. Rinse the peppers well several times in water, remove and discard the stems and seeds, and set the peppers aside on paper towels to dry.

Mix the cream cheese and sour cream together thoroughly. Add parsley, chopped cashews, salt and black pepper and stir until well blended. Using an espresso spoon or your gloved fingers, stuff the habaneros with this mixture.
Roll pastry dough out thin, and use a cup or lid to cut it into circles approx. 3 1/2″ in diameter. Place one stuffed habanero in each circle. With your finger, apply a light coating of water to the edge of the dough, fold over, and seal. Prick an air hole in the top of each tart.

Place the tarts on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees until crust is golden brown (approx. 15 minutes). About 5 minutes before they are finished, brush the top of each tart lightly with milk; discard any remaining milk. Remove tarts from the oven and allow to cool for up to 2 hours before serving. Makes approx. 50 hors d’oeuvres.

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Broiled garlic oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters, on the half shell
4 oz butter
3 cloves garlic
6 green onions
1 tbsp parsley, chopped fine
salt
pepper

How to prepare

Place the oysters on the broiler tray. Preheat the broiler. Crush the garlic. Chop the green onions very fine. Combine the butter, salt to taste, pepper to taste, crushed garlic, chopped green onions and chopped parsley in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted. Spoon the mixture over the oysters. Place the broiler tray in the broiler until the oysters have been warmed through (2-3 minutes). Serve warm.

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Jalapeno poppers

Ingredients

6 lg jalapenos
6 slices monterey jack or mozzarella cheese (1/2″ thick)
All purpose flour for dredging
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 lb or 3 sm eggs, separated

How to prepare

Place peppers in a bowl and add scalding water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour until softened. Leave stems on and slit down one side removing and discarding all the seeds. Place one slice of cheese inside each pepper, and dust with flour. Heat the oil. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Beat the whites until they stand in peaks. Fold the yolks into the whites and dip each pepper in the egg mixture until well coated. Fry at once in hot oil turning once and spooning oil over the uncooked places. Cook until golden brown.

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Empanaditas

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground beef
1 med onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp raisins, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive, green, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cottage cheese, small curd
1 lg egg, hard cooked, peeled & chopped
1 lg egg, separated
1 tsp ,water
2 10″ pie crusts
2 tsp milk

How to prepare

Cook and stir ground beef in 10″ skillet, breaking up into small pieces, until brown, drain reserving 1 tbsp of fat and the beef in the skillet. Stir in onion, raisins, olives, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cottage cheese and hard cooked egg. Heat oven to 400

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cheese

Ingredients

3 bacon rashers, rind removed
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
1 tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp dry mustard
1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
12 lg mushroom caps, stalks removed
1 tbsp sweet paprika

How to prepare

Grill bacon until crisp, chop coarsely. Combine with cheese, sour cream, crumbs, mustard and pepper. Spoon into mushroom caps, sprinkle each with paprika. Cook on BBQ grill plate until cheese melts. Family Circle Brilliant Barbecues

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Meat dumplings

Ingredients

1 egg
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp mashed potatoes (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
Meat filling
1 small onion
3 tbsp butter
chopped cooked beef
chopped mushrooms, cooked (optional)
salt & pepper

How to prepare

Mound flour on kneading board. Beat egg with water and salt slightly and carefully pour into mound of flour. Mix and add the mashed potatoes. Knead until dough becomes elastic. Cover closely with warm bowl and let stand about 10 minutes. For easier handling, divide the dough in half. Roll our very thing, cut in 2″ squares.
Run cooked beef through grinder. Chop onion fine and lightly brown in butter. Add chopped mushrooms and fry very slowly. Add meat and seasoning. Cool before using.
Place half tsp of filling a little to one side on each squares. Moisten edge with water. Fold over and press edges together. Join the two upper corners. Drop into salted boiling water and cook until they float to top.

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Crisp onion rings

Ingredients

3 or 4 lg sweet onions, sliced 1/4″ and separated into rings
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup water
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp melted butter
Oil for frying

How to prepare

Soak the onion rings in ice water for at least 1/2 hour pat the onion rings dry with Paper towels sift together the baking powder, flour and salt combine the egg, water, And lemon juice and beat until frothy stir this into the dry ingredients just until Blended add butter dip onion rings into batter, a few at a time drop into 375

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