New orleans crab cakes

Ingredients

1 tbsp reduced calorie margarine
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 lb fresh crab meat, picked over
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp prepared mustard

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 egg
1 egg white

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375

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Bruschetta w/ grilled shrimp and sweet basil mustard

Ingredients

16 lg shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup olive oil
8 basil leaves
4 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
3 tomatoes (about 6 oz each)
1 sm onion
1 bunch sweet basil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 slices sourdough bread (1/2″ thick)
2 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
1 bunch watercress or arugula

8 skewers (rosemary or wood), soaked in water

How to prepare

Marinate shrimp with thyme, pepper, and 1/4 cup olive oil skewer shrimp (2 on each Skewer), cover with foil, and keep refrigerated until ready to cook in a blender, Puree basil leaves with 1/3 cup olive oil, dijon mustard, and honey until mixture Is light green and smooth cut tomatoes into 1/2″ cubes coarsely chop onions and Basil combine tomatoes, onions, and chopped basil in lg bowl, season mixture with Balsamic vinegar, 1 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper brush bread slices with 1/4 cup Olive oil and grill until brown on both sides rub with garlic cloves and place on a Serving plate toss watercress or arugula with 1/2 of the sweet basil-mustard Mixture and place on top of the bread slices arrange tomato salad on top of the Bread slices salt shrimp lightly and barbecue arrange 2 shrimp on top of each slice Of bread, and drizzle the remaining sweet basil mixture on top of the shrimp c 1994 by wolfgang puck.

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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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Green bean pate with basil

Ingredients

1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
3 hard-cooked eggs, cut up
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1 tsp lemon rind
mayonnaise, preferably homemade

Salt and pepper
crackers or pita toasts

How to prepare

Cook beans until tender by boiling or steaming them. In a skillet, heat oil; add onions and saut

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New orleans style barbecue shrimp

Ingredients

2 large artichokes (each about 3/4 lb)
1 large garlic clove
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco
1/2 tsp dried basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 lb small shrimp in their shells, (about 24)
3 scallions, minced

accompaniments:
crusty bread
lemon wedges

How to prepare

Cut off artichoke stems with a serrated knife and discard. With scissors trim tips of leaves. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook artichokes 30 to 45 minutes, or until bottoms are tender when pierced with a knife
while artichokes are cooking, preheat oven to 500

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Tex-mex wontons

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup onions, chopped fine
2 tbsp catsup
1/4 cup chopped chiles (your choice)
3 tsp chili powder (more or less)
15 oz can refried beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin
8 doz wonton skins
Oil for frying
Taco sauce or salsa for dipping

How to prepare

Brown beef and onions, drain. Stir in refried beans, mix thoroughly. Mix remaining ingredients together, then add it all to the beef and bean mixture. Mix well. Fill each skin with about a tbsp or so of the mixture. Fold over and seal skins. Fry about 1 minute per side, drain on paper towel and serve warm with salsa or other sauce. Actually, i really like a little dollop of sour cream with the wontons along with the salsa. It makes about 90 wontons.

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Grapefruit scallop ceviche

Ingredients

1 lb bay scallops
4 scallions, chopped, white part only
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tbsp grated grapefruit zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp grated lime zest
6 to 8 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all the ingredients except the scallops in a non-reactive mixing bowl, preferably glass. Mix well to blend. Then add the scallops and refrigerate, covered, overnight. Before serving, drain well and discard the marinade. Serve on salad greens. Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings

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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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