Shrimp Appetizer

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I’m always trying to come up with new recipes to add to our “3T Ranch Food Rotation”. The new item has to be approved by my cowboys before it can make it to this prestige list! Trust me, when I say my guys love my cooking, but they are also picky on what they add to our list. I got a shrimp dip recipe from my best friend Carrie many years ago that has been our staple for holidays and family celebrations. I thought that maybe I can tweak it and make it a little bit more festive to serve to my family as we ring the New Year. My practice run has turned out even better than I expected! The shrimp cups didn’t last very long. Easy, festive and delicious.. you should give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 24 uncooked shrimp
  • 2 scallions – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh dill – chopped (you can use dry dill, but fresh is much better)
  • 1 cup of arugula
  • 1/2 block of cream cheese – softened
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • cooking spray for mini muffin tin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (garlic olive oil is great for this recipe, but any olive oil will do)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Wildtree Spicy Carne Asada seasoning (variation: 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray and arrange wonton wrappers in the 12 cups. Spray the wontons again with the cooking spray. Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  • In a bowl combine softened cream cheese, scallions, dill, salt and pepper. Use electric mixer to combine all ingredients for nice smooth texture. Add one tablespoon of milk at a time to make the dip nice and smooth, but don’t make it too runny!
  • Pour olive oil into a skillet and turn it to medium heat. Throw in your shrimp along with the seasoning. I have used the Wildtree Spicy Carne Asada as I had some left from one of their parties, but you can certainly make your mix with chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Cook until pink with a nice crust. (Note: What makes a good crust? Dry your uncooked shrimp in paper towels, so you don’t steam your shrimp instead).
  • Time to assemble! Put your wonton cups on a plate, on the bottom of the cups put a few leaves of arugula. This will give the cups a nice peppery taste. Next layer is the dip and each cup gets topped with two pieces of shrimp. Serve immediately.

Wonton Shrimp Soup

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It is chilly outside and hot steamy soup sounded like a great idea. We are big fans of Costco and their recently added organic products. During our last snack time outing to Costco, we have discovered frozen organic wontons. Not only, are they a delicious snack on its own, but including a few of them into this tasty soup sounded too good not to try it. Here is the recipe:

  • 15 wontons
  • 20 shrimp
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 Napa cabbage (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pkg Yakisoba noodles (any Chinese noodles will do) Costco sells ready to serve Yakisoba noodles
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pepper, salt to taste

Saute onion, carrots, Napa cabbage and garlic in canola and sesame oil until translucent. Add crumbled bullion cube and water, cook for about 10 minutes to develop flavors. During this time, pan fry your wontons (per pkg instructions). I find the wontons to hold up better in the soup, if they are pan fried first and then included in the soup. Pan fry your shrimp in butter or oil (your choice). Time to assemble the soup. Put wontons and chopped cilantro into the soup to heat through for about 2 minutes. Pour soup into bowls, shrimp goes right on top along with extra garnish of cilantro. “Dobrou chut!”