Vegetable Wontons

Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. The reason for the cabbage and carrot to be shredded then minced is any long pieces will tear the wonton wrapper, and no one likes a torn wonton šŸ˜‰
  2. Once the vegetables are prepped, set a small bowl of water near the filling, and line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment.
  3. Pick up a wrapper, these are floured so they are much easier to work with than spring roll wrappers, and place on one hand with one corner pointing away from you, and one corner pointing towards you. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  4. Dip a finger in the water and run along a edge from the corner farthest from you to the next corner, dip your finger in water again and now run along the other edge farthest from you.
  5. Now take the corner closest to you and fold in half, that corner going to the corner farthest from you, to make a triangle, then use your fingers to seal the two edges. There, you just made a wonton šŸ™‚
  6. Place the wonton on the parchment paper, and repeat the steps for the remaining wrappers. It goes fairly fast once you get the hang of how much filling, which is very small.
To Fry Wontons
  1. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy pan, when the oil is hot, add wontons but do not overcrowd them. Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy, remove to paper towels to drain. Continue with more wontons as desired. Serve with a dipping sauce of choice if desired.
To use Wontons in a Broth
  1. Heat a broth of choice in a sauce pan, about 3 cups, chicken is a common broth used. Simmer a few fresh made wontons at a time, don't over crowd the pot, when they float to the top, they are done. Place some spinach leaves in a bowl, place wontons in the bowl, ladle some hot broth in which will cook the spinach and top with some chopped spring onion.
To Freeze Wontons
  1. Place a single layer of wontons on a sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, when good and firm, place wontons in a zip lock bag, use within 1 month.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spring Rolls aka Lumpia

Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Spring Rolls
Servings: spring rolls
Instructions
For the Filling
  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the vermicelli cook for 2-4 minutes or until soft, drain, lightly chop, you want about 1 1/2 cups, an 80 gram packet is fine. It is ok if they are a bit underdone as the rolls get fried later. Set aside.
  2. A lot of the prep time is the shredding and chopping. Use a box shredder for the cabbage and carrots, Chop the mushrooms on a board. I doubled the recipe that is why there is so much.
  3. Fresh ground pork (I used pork loin for this which is lean, the mushrooms add the juiciness). I also had some shrimp we added, the shrimp were cleaned, deveined, and chopped. The shrimp is NOT cooked with the pork, add the shrimp at the very end if using.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan (big pot if doubling the recipe), when hot, add the garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant then add the pork and break up the pork as it cooks until it just turns white, as it will get cooked again.
  5. To the pork, add the carrot, cabbage, and mushrooms and saute for several minutes until the veggies are good and wilted. Now mix in the cornstarch, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Saute for about a minute or until the liquid is steamed off. You want the filling sticky, not watery. Taste and season with oyster sauce as needed.
  6. Add the cooked noodles and remove the pan or pot from the heat.
  7. Mix in the noodles and cool the filling, a hot filling means your spring rolls may burst (no one likes a sloppy spring roll). So just let the pan or pot cool, or spread the filling on a baking sheet and let cool, or even place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
To Assemble the Spring Rolls
  1. First thing is to make the 'glue' so in a small bowl or cup, mix together the cornstarch and water, set this aside but keep it handy, this is used to seal the rolls.
  2. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear.
  3. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  4. Fold the bottom up over the filling
  5. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long , and should look like an envelope.
  6. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing and envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  7. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets. 13 more to go.
  8. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls. Perfect color.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork. I will wing about 3 servings from this (I like spring rolls), for 3 servings this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variants: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown. 2. For the filling, use cooked and chopped bacon, cooked hash browns, and Cheddar mixed in. 3. Place 3 or 4 raisins in each spring roll if using the original ingredients listed.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sriracha Dipping Sauce
For the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Place is the fridge until use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Line up three bowls, to the first one add the corn starch, onion and garlic powders and mix together. Second bowl add the egg and beat that lightly. Third bowl add the coconut and sea salt and mix those.
  4. Dredge a shrimp in the corn starch, then the egg, the the coconut mixture. Place shrimp on the parchment paper, repeat for the rest of the shrimp.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bake 10 more minutes.
  6. Serve with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some good sized shrimp, for now I will say Fair priced.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
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Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp

Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp
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These sound delightful. Use pickled shrimp you have previously made, or you can use the steps here in this recipe to prepare those. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
24 deviled eggs 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 deviled eggs 45 minutes
Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp
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These sound delightful. Use pickled shrimp you have previously made, or you can use the steps here in this recipe to prepare those. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
24 deviled eggs 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 deviled eggs 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: deviled eggs
Instructions
  1. To pickle the shrimp, place the prepared shrimp in a bowl and add the vinegar, place in the fridge for 30 minutes. OR use your own favorite pickled shrimp recipe.
  2. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise, remove the yolks to a bowl and place the egg white halves on a serving tray.
  3. Mash the yolks with a fork, then add the mayo, pickle juice, the teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning, and salt. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Drain the shrimp well, and set them aside. Pipe or spoon the filling evenly into each egg half. Sprinkle a little Old Bay seasoning on each egg, then place a shrimp and a tiny piece of dill on each egg.
  5. Place in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Old Bay Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pickle Deviled Eggs

Pickle Deviled Eggs
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I really like deviled eggs, and this sounds like a very version. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 deviled eggs 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 deviled eggs 10 minutes
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I really like deviled eggs, and this sounds like a very version. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 deviled eggs 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 deviled eggs 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: deviled eggs
Instructions
  1. Peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise, remove the yolks and place those in a mixing bowl, place the egg halves on a serving tray.
  2. To the yolks, add the mayo, chopped pickles and pickle juice, dill, and mustard. Mash with a fork until mixed well and creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Fill the halved eggs with the yolk mixture. Garnish with a slice or two of thinly sliced pickle, then a light sprinkle of paprika, and just a list sprinkle of chopped dill. Refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Refrigerator Pickles.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
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Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp
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If nothing else, this does sound interesting, I have never heard of this but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pickled Shrimp
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If nothing else, this does sound interesting, I have never heard of this but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
To Cook the Shrimp
To Pickle the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
To Cook the Shrimp
  1. In a large pot, add the water, celery, onion, lemon slices, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp, cover, and remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, the shrimp should all be pink, if not cover and let sit for another minute or two. When pink, drain and remove the shrimp to a bowl, discard the rest.
To Pickle the Shrimp
  1. Fill your jar about 2/3 full with hot water. Add the vinegar, mustard seed and garlic. Layer in the cooked shrimp, capers, onion, and lemon.Top up the jar with lemon slices, making sure the shrimp are below the surface of the liquid, if needed, add more water to top up the jar.
  2. Let jar cool to room temp, cover, and put in the fridge for 2 days, then ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

Going with just small Whites from Tesco, figure about 95 Baht/500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 48 cents per serving.

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Salmon Gravlax I

Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Salmon Gravlax I
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This is a Scandinavian dish, and is salmon cured with salt and sugar and herbs used are just dill and fennel seeds. This is not a cooked dish, just cured.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 days
Ingredients
For Serving
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Ideally, you would want two 500 gram skin on fillets from the center cut of the fillet, remove the pin bones if that is not already done. But you can use the smaller fillets from Tesco, as what is in this photo. When I make this, I will use two of these fillets on the bottom, and two on top, just reduce the salt and sugar in equal proportions.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugars, and fennel seeds. Sprinkle some of the mixture along the bottom of a glass baking dish, sprinkle some dill on that. Place half of the fillets skin side down on that.
  3. Sprinkle half the remaining salt mixture on the fish and half of the remaining dill. Lay the second piece or pieces of salmon on top of the salmon already in the dish, skin side up.
  4. Sprinkle remaining salt mixture and dill over the top of the fillet. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Set another smaller dish on top of the fillets and weight it down with some canned goods, a brick wrapped in foil, or any kind of heavy weight.
  5. Place in the fridge for two days to cure, turn the fillets after one day, so the top piece becomes the bottom piece, this is to cure them evenly.
  6. After two days, remove from the fridge and remove from the dish. Rinse the fillet very well with cold water, and use your fingers to rub off all the salt and dill. Dry the fillets with paper towels.
  7. Place a fillet skin side down on your cutting board, hold your knife at a angle and slice as thin as you can down to the skin but not through the skin. Repeat with remaining fillet or fillets.
  8. Place the thin slices on a a serving tray, sprinkle with purple onion, dill, and capers. Serve with toasted rye bread and lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

The salmon fillets I will use will be from Tesco, 69 Baht each for 140 to 160 gram fillets, frozen, from Norway. Initial test will be 4 fillets for a total of 276 Baht, about $8.40. I don't know the number of servings as an appetizer until I make this and I will update the pricing. For now I will say High Cost per serving.

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Horseradish Deviled Eggs

Horseradish Deviled Eggs
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Deviled eggs I like, horseradish I like, this is a winning combination. I made these on 8 Nov 2017, perfect!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
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Deviled eggs I like, horseradish I like, this is a winning combination. I made these on 8 Nov 2017, perfect!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut your hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks to a separate bowl and place the egg halves on a large plate.
  2. To the bowl, add the yogurt, horseradish, pickle juice, mustard, dill, salt, and pepper. Mix with a fork until creamy, taste and adjust salt and pepper, or even horseradish.
  3. Place the yolk mixture into a zip lock bag, snip off a very small corner of the bag, squeeze the yolk mixture into the egg halves on the plate. Garnish with fresh dill, chill, and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts:Ā Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs,Ā Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs.

Variant: 1. Add a bit of shredded Cheddar cheese to the yolk mixture.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Meatballs & Gravy I

Meatballs & Gravy I
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This recipe is going to make use of another recipe for Italian meatballs, party size or dinner size is up to you. If you are in a pinch for time or like the convenience, go with store bought frozen meatballs. This is a Slow Cooker recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Meatballs & Gravy I
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This recipe is going to make use of another recipe for Italian meatballs, party size or dinner size is up to you. If you are in a pinch for time or like the convenience, go with store bought frozen meatballs. This is a Slow Cooker recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. You need 2 to 2 1/2 kilos of cooked Italian meatballs, these can be party size (gold ball size) or larger dinner size. You have several options to do this. 1. You can use what ever meatball recipe you are familiar with. 2. Use the meatball recipe on this site, which can be made on the day you are making this recipe, or from frozen as it is a general make ahead type recipe, link is in Recipe Notes section. 3. Last resort, you can use store bought frozen meatballs. If using frozen meatballs, thaw them, if using fresh made AND cooked meatballs, they need to be cooled to room temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the soup (if using homemade from the short, it needs to be room temperature), sour cream, and water. Mix, then add the meatballs and mix those in to ensure all are coated well.
  3. Refrigerate the meatballs and mixture overnight. this allows the meatballs to absorb the flavors.
  4. The next day, pour the meatballs and mixture into your slow cooker and set to Low setting until the mixture is hot and the meatballs heated through.
  5. If the meatballs did not soak overnight, heat on Low setting for a longer time, 3-5 hours so they can absorb the flavor and have a better taste to them.
  6. For party size meatballs, serve as appetizers. For dinner size meatballs, I would serve over cooked pasta along with the sauce.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 500 Baht/2 1/2 kilos of beef. Source it locally and you may get it for less. This recipe makes a lot so I will just state now Low cost until I make these and verify serving sizes.

Shortcuts: Italian Meatballs, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Fried Dill Pickles

Fried Dill Pickles
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I know these are popular in some states (Southern) in the US, I have never had one. I must try this.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Fried Dill Pickles
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I know these are popular in some states (Southern) in the US, I have never had one. I must try this.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut the dill pickles in spears by quartering them lengthwise. Wrap in paper towels to remove any moisture, after all, you will be deep frying these.
  2. Place the cornmeal in a shallow dish and mix in the salt if desired. Place the buttermilk in another shallow dish. Heat a large heavy skillet or dutch oven with at least an inch of any neutral tasting cooking oil.
  3. Dredge pickle spears in buttermilk, then cornmeal, then buttermilk again, then cornmeal again, then fry for about 2 minutes to golden brown.
  4. Serve with Ranch dressing, horseradish sauce, or ketchup for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Buttermilk, Refrigerator Pickles.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
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