One of my favorite appetizers to order at restaurants is Coconut Prawns! I’m not a huge seafood fan… but for some reason I find myself craving Coconut Prawns all the time! So when I see a good sale on seafood I’ll usually pick up a pound just for this recipe!
This recipe is really as simple as it can get I found it from this great site! And for the sauce I didn’t have any Thai Sweet Chili sauce on hand so I went for our favorite Tiger Sauce as a substitute.
These are great on there own as an appetizer or a perfect side dish with a nice steak! Give it a try the next time you pick up some prawns!!!
Coconut Prawns with Spicy Orange Tiger Sauce
- 20 large or jumbo prawns
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup shredded dry coconut (I used sweetened it suggested unsweetened… I didn’t find them too sweet because of it)
- salt and pepper
- vegetable oil
- 1/4-1/3 cup Orange Marmalade
- 1-2 TBLS Tiger Sauce or Thai Sweet Chili sauce (depending on how spicy you want it)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- To make the sauce stir together ingredients and set aside. You could warm it up if desired in the microwave for 30 seconds or on the stove top. I liked it served cold.
- Leaving the tail on, shell and devein the shrimp and rinse under cold water.
- Pat dry with paper towels and hit with salt and pepper.
- Put the flour, egg and coconut in 3 separate bowls.
- Heat your vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a deep pot.
- Prep all your prawns by first hitting them with flour, then dip in egg and then in coconut.
- Fry in oil until golden brown… this will only take a few minutes so stay close!
- Place on paper towels to drain.
- Serve with Spicy Orange Tiger Sauce.
For step by step tutorial see the following photos…
Mix together orange marmalade, tiger sauce and lemon juice.
Put your flour, egg and coconut in separate bowls.
De-vein and shell the prawns. Pat dry with paper towel and hit with salt and pepper. Then dredge in flour first, egg second and coconut third.
Heat oil to 350 degrees and fry prawns till golden brown
flip to hit both sides.
Serve with Spicy Orange Tiger Sauce… Enjoy!
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Tagged appetizer, coconut, coconut prawns, food, homemade, lemon juice, made from scratch, orange marmalade, pepper, prawns, recipe, salt, seafood, Sweet Chili sauce, tiger sauce
Chicken Wings are a perfect appetizer food if your having a party… or hosting a sports gathering! Its easy to think of the traditional chicken wings with BBQ sauce or hot sauce…
This recipe has a fun Asian twist to it with everything from peppers to jelly… They are sweet yet spicy… Your lips may end up with a little “feel good” burn on them!
The next time you are thinking Chicken Wings… Try out this recipe for a little change up!
Asian Chicken Wings
- 24 chicken wings and/or drumsticks
- 3/4 cup plum or apricot Jelly
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (I like to use low sodium)
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 TBLS fresh minced ginger
- 2 TBLS minced red onion
- 1 TBLS minced garlic
- 1 TBLS red pepper flakes *
- 3-4 types of peppers minced *
- Oil for frying
*Side notes: Depending on your desired levels of spicy use more or less. You can use anywhere from green, yellow, red peppers keeping it on the mild side to serranos or jalapenos to bring the spicy levels up!
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and heat about 3 inches of oil in a heavy duty pot with high sides… You want it around 375-380 degrees.
- In a bowl mix together jelly, soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar.
- Cut up all your peppers, onion, garlic and ginger and add them to the bowl along with your desired amount of red pepper flakes.
- Pour your sauce into a sauce pan and bring to boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to stir occasionally for about 15 minutes as the sauce thickens.
- As the sauce is thickening fry the chicken wings in the oil for about 5-7 minutes… you’ll need to do this in a few batches allowing the oil to rise in temp between each frying.
- Once the wings are done place in casserole dish and coat with thickened sauce. Toss to coat evenly and then place in the preheated 325 degree oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
For a step by step tutorial check out the following photos…
Prep all the ingredients for the sauce.
Mix it all together in a bowl
Bring it to a boil over medium high heat and then let simmer for about 15 minutes giving it time to thicken.
Fry the chicken wings in oil about 375 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.
Put chicken wings into a casserole dish and pour sauce over the top… Stir around to make sure they are coated well. Bake in pre heated 325 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.
I got this recipe from one of my favorite food authors Ree Drummond the Pioneer Women … Here is a link to the recipe I worked off of.
Check out some of my other favorite Chicken dishes…
Sweet Sticky & Spicy Chicken, Crock Pot Cashew Chicken, Homemade Orange Chicken
Posted in Dinners
Tagged appetizer, apricot jelly, asian, Brown Sugar, chicken, chicken wings, food, garlic, ginger, party, peppers, plum jelly, recipe, rice wine vinegar, sauce
There isn’t too many kids out there that say no to mac n cheese… Or at least not too many I know!
This recipe is a super easy homemade mac n cheese that all kids will love! If you feel like stepping it up a bit add some peas, bread crumbs… or cut up little smokies! The sky is the limit ;)
I made this for my Daughters 2nd birthday… She loves mac n cheese!!
Kid Friendly Mac and Cheese
- 16 oz box elbow macaroni noodles
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups milk
- 12-16 oz shredded cheese (colby jack, cheddar… really whatever you’d like)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Cook Macaroni noodles and drain.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
- Stir in flour using a whisk.
- Slowly add the milk while continuing to stir.
- Bring to boil and stir for 2 minutes.
- Sauce should be thick… and the cheese, salt and pepper and stir together until cheese is completely melted.
- Add the noodles and mix well.
- Place into 2 quart casserole dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Let cool 5-10 minutes.
For step by step tutorial see the following photos…
Cook noodles and drain
melt butter and whisk flour in and slowly add the milk while continuing to stir.
bring to boil and cook for 2 minutes while still stirring.
I used a mac and cheese blend I found on sale at the store.
add cheese, salt and pepper
stir till cheese is all the way melted.
add the noodles and mix well
pour into a 2 quart casserole dish and bake at 375 for 30 minutes
Remove and let cool for 5 -10 minutes before serving.
I served it at my Daughter’s 2nd Birthday Party
I found this recipe from another great blogger here!
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Tagged birthday party, butter, dinner, easy, family, food, homemade, kid friendly, mac n cheese, macaroni, macaroni and cheese, made from scratch, milk, recipe
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I try oh so very hard to not serve my family with the same boring meals week after week… Don’t get me wrong… we repeat meals all the time! And one thing I’m always serving up is chicken… So its nice to throw something else in the mix and surprise them with… well not chicken!
I found this pork shoulder at the grocery store … on sale of course … and decided to try something simple with it. Most the time with a pork shoulder I’ll end up just making pulled pork sandwiches… So it was refreshing coming across a super simple easy recipe… that really had no prep time just a bunch of cooking time! This roast turned out so juicy… it may looked “burnt” like my 7 and 10 year old told me… But that’s just a nice crust… It didn’t taste burnt at all!!! My Husband was actually picking it apart while it was in its “cool down” time … I blame him for no left overs ;)
Try this out… it can’t get much easier!!
Roasted Pork Shoulder
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 3-4 pound Pork Shoulder
- Pre Heat your oven to 425 degrees.
- In a bowl mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Using a pastry brush spread the mixture all over the pork shoulder.
- Place the Shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan.
- Roast for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees.
- Continue to cook for about 4 hours or until your meat thermometer reads 185 degrees.
- Remove and let cool for about 30 minutes.
- Watch out for Husbands… Mine picked about 1/4 of it off… He said it was his snack!!! :)
For a step by step tutorial see the following pictures…
In a bowl mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Using a pastry brush spread the mixture all over the pork shoulder. Place the Shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan
Roast for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees.
Continue to cook for about 4 hours or until your meat thermometer reads 185 degrees.
Remove and let cool for about 30 minutes.
I served our with some Roasted Red Potatoes… Green Beans… and the always famous 20 Minute Homemade Biscuits!!!
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Tagged cheap, dinner, easy, family, food, garlic, homemade, made from scratch, olive oil, pork shoulder, recipe, roast
Fall is in the air and we are spending less time outside and more time inside prepping for our winter hibernation ;) My 9 year old loves this time of the year… His birthday is near and one of his favorite desserts is pumpkin pie! I did a test run on these little cupcakes so I can make them for his party! (Last year he didn’t want a cake… he wanted pumpkin pie!!) I figured Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes might be a little funner than just plan pies! I found this recipe here… I did add a little bit more flour than what the recipe called for and a little nutmeg too… just the pumpkin spice wasn’t enough for me :)
These are a fun dessert to make up for the fall season if your planning on feeding more than just the family or if your are going to an event! I would suggest hitting them with a dabble of whipped cream… or sprinkle them with powdered sugar!
I will tell you this was my test run and I didn’t have a chance to dab them with whipped cream or sprinkle them with powdered sugar… Oh no… they were gone in less that an hour! Pretty sure the 9 year old sneaked 5 of them himself!! And then of course there is always the Husband… I pulled them out of the oven about 5 minutes before he pulled in the driveway!
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
- 15 oz pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- Whipped Cream
- Powdered Sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Line pan with liners
- Mix flour, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda together
- In a mixing bowl mix pumpkin puree and sugar together
- Add eggs, vanilla and evaporated milk and mix well
- Add the dry ingredients to wet and mix
- Fill the liners 1/2 way full
- Bake 20-22 minutes
- Let cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before removing to cooling rack
For step by step tutorial see the following pictures…
In a mixing bowl mix pumpkin puree and sugar together… Add eggs, vanilla, evaporated milk and mix
Mix flour, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda together
Add the dry ingredients to wet and mix
Fill liners 1/2 way and bake for 20-22 minutes
Let cool 20 minutes before removing to cooling rack
Posted in Cakes & Pies
Tagged cupcakes, easy, eggs, how to, liners, pie, powdered sugar, pumpkie pie, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, quick, recipe