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Asian Appetizers – Fried Wontons, Prawn Toast and Spring Rolls

Today I have three recipes in one they all just seem to go well together and if you are having an Asian themed dinner party this trio of shrimp appetizers would be a great big hit with guest. Shrimp as an appetizer item is always popular and I am sure this set of appetizers would be a wonderful hit with guest. Now a brief culinary word on prawns vs. shrimp form a culinary perspective almost no one would be able to tell you the difference in a blind taste test the difference between the two. Form factual bases they are two different species. Prawns are a fresh water shellfish and have three legs with claws while shrimp are a salt-water crustacean that only has claws on two legs also prawn is much more common in commonwealth countries while here in the states often the shrimp term wins out. Feel free to interchange in recipes all you want.

About the Fried Wontons

Many of us are familiar with crab Rangoon it is just one form of fried wontons that is a popular appetizer in Chinese restaurants. But fried wontons are not just limited to crab and cream cheese there are many different types a popular one is cranberry and brie cheese. Also is if you like the general cooking technique for these you can mix and match the fillings to your liking this is just one idea of a tasty filling that you can make and then fry as an Asian style wonton appetizer. Feel free to use whatever dipping sauce you like best. Also I fold these up into a money bag style but there are other folding styles for wontons you could choose just make sure to seal them really well so the contents don’t leak out in the frying process.

About the Prawn Toast

Prawn toast is a very simple yet tasty appetizer that is super simple to make and prepare. Use peanut oil for frying it has a much higher smoke point and will let you flash fry these so they soak up less oil at the higher temperature and also it adds a nice flavor to the food in my opinion and really is my deep frying oil of choice for most things. Use some caution in spreading the shrimp (prawn) mixture on the bread so you don’t tear it apart and try and keep it thin and consistent for more uniform taste when done. These are wicked fast and simple to make after a bit of practice. Continue reading

Pork Potstickers with Soy-Chili Dipping Sauce

These hot little bites are simple to prepare and they offer a typically exotic Asian flavor. We are using ground pork to make them, along with Chinese hives, eggs, ginger, and seasonings. You can either mince the ginger and add that (a bit less perhaps) or else soak it in water to make ginger water and add as much of that as you need, so you get a potsticker filling in a nice, paste-like consistency. Add a little liquid at a time and keep stirring.

There are various ways of folding wontons and potstickers, but one of the simplest is getting them into a half moon shape. Make sure you do not overfill these because you do not want them leaking their filling out in the skillet. To seal them, wet the edges of the wrappers and simply squeeze them together. They will stay shut. Then you need to fry them until they are golden brown, adding some water to the pan so they are both fried and steamed. That is what makes potstickers characteristically soft on one side and crispier on the other. Serve these hot with the dipping sauce.

The dipping sauce can be whisked together while the potstickers are cooking. You will need soy sauce, chili oil, sesame oil and sesame seeds, and then perhaps add a little stock or water. These make a nice treat before the entrée comes out if you wanted to serve them at the table. Alternatively you could serve these as finger food or offer them at a buffet. If they cool down a bit that is alright – warm is just as good as hot, and you do not want anyone to burn their mouth anyway. Once you have made a batch of these you might want to experiment with other fillings, such as ground chicken with Thai basil rather than the pork and chives for example. Continue reading

Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls

This recipe is really good if you want to make hot appetizers. Spring rolls are similar to egg rolls, although spring rolls wrappers are much thinner than egg roll wrappers because they are made of rice paper instead of dough. Egg rolls are believed to be Chinese in origin and spring rolls are thought to have started out in Thailand or Vietnam. If you serve them raw they are called summer rolls, but deep-fry them and they become spring rolls.

The following recipe is vegetarian and it features yummy ingredients like carrot, bell pepper and white cabbage, as well as soy sauce, oyster sauce and a couple of basic seasonings for an authentic Asian taste. Spring rolls are available from the grocery store, readymade and in a frozen form but homemade ones have a much better, fresher flavor, so you might wish to make these as an appetizer for your next dinner party, or even as a snack for your family.

Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, perhaps some soy sauce or sweet and sour sauce, and serve them piping hot too, for the best results. These really are delicious and worth the effort. Continue reading

Crab Rangoon Appetizer Recipe

Recipe for Crab Rangoon Appetizers

A Crab Rangoon Appetizer Recipe is perfect for your parties. You can serve a variety of dipping sauces for your Crab Rangoon Appetizers. These make great holiday appetizers and are universally loved by children and adults. Make these easy Crab Rangoon Appetizers for your next holiday party and watch your guests eyes light up like a Christmas tree.

Crab Rangoon Appetizer Recipe

Everyone loves crab, wrapped in crispy crunchy wrap with cream cheese. The taste could not get better. These are absolutely perfect appetizers served warm or for that fact, even cold.

These are a perfect appetizer to serve at family gatherings or any dinner party. Easy to make and enjoyed by everyone. Serve these wonderful crunchy delights on a platter for guests to help themselves. They will be gone before you know it. Continue reading

Surprisingly Easy Shrimp Wonton Recipe

Potlucks are an enjoyable and many times inexpensive ways to enjoy the company of others over a meal. Potlucks offer a variety of different entrees, vegetables, and deserts. At a potluck you will find many different casseroles, soups and stews as well as legumes. With today’s high prices it is often necessary to forgo more expensive dishes in lieu of a less expensive dish such as a pot of stew made with hamburger instead of chunks of stew meat.

Casseroles with lots of cheese and stews are great ways to sneak vegetables to a finicky child and they are a great way to stretch the dollar to. Another great potluck food idea is egg rolls. Many people, kids included love egg rolls. Egg rolls can disguise various meats and vegetables in a delightfully tasty roll. Additionally, with egg rolls you can use leftover chicken, pork or beef roast and even shell fish such as crab, lobster, or shrimp.

A shrimp Wontons recipe is another inexpensive dish to consider for a potluck. Like egg rolls they can be filled with a variety of meats and vegetables. Shrimp wonton recipe is really easy and quick to make to. In less than thirty minutes you could have a couple dozen wontons prepared and ready to go to the next social gathering! Wontons also would make a great appetizer for a dinner of seafood or to enjoy just as a snack. Next time you are wondering what to fix for the next gathering why not try making this wonderful shrimp wonton recipe. Continue reading

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