Pork Dim Sum
Pork Dim Sum
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Pork Dim Sum
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dim sum
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the olive oil.
  2. Place a wonton skin on your work surface, add a small spoonful of the meat mixture into the center of the skin. Bunch up the sides and pick up the dim sum and shape so that it is cylindrical with the top open, and pack the pork in with a spoon as well. Set aside and repeat with the remaining skins.
  3. Heat your steamer (I use a rice cooker with a steamer tray) and lightly spray or rub the tray or steamer basket with olive oil. Place some dim sum in the steamer tray leaving space between them. Cover with a lid and steam for 8-10 minutes. You are steaming them, no need to worry about burning them 😉
  4. Remove the cooked dim sum to a plate, and repeat to cook the remaining dim sum.
  5. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost when served as an appetizer.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Egg Salad on Saltines
Egg Salad on Saltines
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This is from a good friend, and is so simple, it is brilliant. You need 3 items, egg salad of your choosing, saltine crackers, and cherry tomatoes. I normally make a sandwich from egg salad and serve deviled eggs as appetizers, this simplifies the appetizer problem to a lighter and less filling appetizer (or you could be like me and make a bunch of these and call it a meal). No quantities or servings stated as this is a make what you need recipe, more of a guide than a recipe really. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
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This is from a good friend, and is so simple, it is brilliant. You need 3 items, egg salad of your choosing, saltine crackers, and cherry tomatoes. I normally make a sandwich from egg salad and serve deviled eggs as appetizers, this simplifies the appetizer problem to a lighter and less filling appetizer (or you could be like me and make a bunch of these and call it a meal). No quantities or servings stated as this is a make what you need recipe, more of a guide than a recipe really. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare your own favorite egg salad or prepare from my shortcut, I have several that would work really well and expand your ex salad experience (listed below), or your choice to use a store bought egg salad.
  2. Place a good spoonful of chilled egg salad on a saltine cracker, stick half or quarter of a cherry tomato in the egg salad. Arrange on a tray, serve as an appetizer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Basic Egg Salad, Egg Salad with Capers & Dill, Mushroom & Egg Salad, Mediterranean Egg Salad.

Variants: 1. For the Basic Egg Salad, add half of a pickle slice instead of the tomato. 2. For the Egg salad with capers and dill, add a sprinkling of fresh chopped dill and a half of pickle slice. 3. For the Mediterranean Egg Salad, use the tomato half or quarter and some fresh dill.

Inspired by a good friend, Kristi Fancher Brown.
Unites States.

Pinwheels
Pinwheels
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This comes from a friend and sounds absolutely delicious. This is a base recipe, make with what you have on hand to make a few or many.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
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This comes from a friend and sounds absolutely delicious. This is a base recipe, make with what you have on hand to make a few or many.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Prep Time
15 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lat out a tortilla, spread on some cream cheese, drizzle some Ranch dressing, sprinkle some spring onion and bell peppers. Can also layer on deli ham, turkey, and or smoked turkey as desired.
  2. Roll the tortilla up and secure with 1 or 2 toothpicks and place covered in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. Remove, slice about 3/4 to 1 inch thick, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by Kevin Barnett and his original recipe is here.
United States.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve, as desired
Servings: taquitos
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the ground beef and break up with a spatula as you cook, when no longer pink, drain the fat then add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the cumin, chilies, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix in, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large, flat pan, cast iron would be perfect, heat a little oil and warm each tortilla for a minute or two on each side, this makes them very soft so you can roll them.
  4. Lay a tortilla on your work surface and add some beef filling at about the point mid way between the edge and the center, make a line of filling across the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly, goal is a nice cigar sized taquito. Repeat this for each tortilla.
  6. Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in pan, when the oil is hot, quickly fry the taquitos to brown them, light golden color is the goal, about 1 minute each.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces as you desire, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole would be great choices.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Cream cheese, crab, spring onion, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until combined.
  3. Lay out a wonton wrapper, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Base this on the size of your wontons. The wrappers I use are about 3 inches on each side.
  4. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and run it across the 4 edges, need to dip your finger in water a few times doing this.
  5. Now, pull up two opposite corners and press them together to seal the top,
  6. Now bring up the other two corners and seal them at the top and press together the 4 seams to seal them as well. Place the wonton on a sheet of parchment.
  7. Repeat for the remaining wontons.
To Deep Fry
  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in a large deep pan or a heavy pot. You want the oil hot but not smoking. Your preference on the oil, rice bran oil would be a good choice.
  2. Carefully place the wontons in the hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, do not overload the pan, until nice and golden brown. Remove wontons to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining wontons. My wife is cooking the wontons on the left, I am cooking some fish on the right.
To Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and arrange wontons in an orderly fashion. Spray with cooking oil, a oil mister would be perfect for this, for folks in the US, feel free to use a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Another option is to lightly, and I mean lightly, brush each wonton with oil. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Keep in mind baked will not be as crispy as the deep fried, but just as good in flavor.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  5. I served these as a side with some fish and long beans I cooked.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 6 servings (3 each 6 people for appetizers), this is about 54 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Gulai with Boiled Eggs
Gulai with Boiled Eggs
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This is an Indonesian egg curry recipe from a good friend. Gulai Telur is when chicken eggs are used, and Gulai Telur Itik when duck eggs are used. This sounds very good and on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is an Indonesian egg curry recipe from a good friend. Gulai Telur is when chicken eggs are used, and Gulai Telur Itik when duck eggs are used. This sounds very good and on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the eggs, hard boil them your favorite way but cut back on the time by 1 minute or so for a creamier yolk, if that is not desired, just hard boil the eggs as you prefer. Peel the eggs after they are cooked. If using 4 eggs, go with the lesser amount of coconut milk, if using 6 eggs, use the larger amount of coconut milk.
  2. In a pot, add the stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  3. While the stock is heating. place the onion, garlic, sambal oelek (or one chili), tamarind, ginger, galangal, and turmeric in a mortar and mash with the pestle until you have a paste. You can also use a blender if you like.
  4. Once the stock is at a boil, add the mixture from the mortar to the pot along with the eggs. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Serve as an appetizer or with rice for a main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sambal Oelek.

Variant: 1. Add a slice or two of ginger to the stock when heating that for an additional flavor.

This recipe for Gulai with Boiled Eggs is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.

Microwave Baked Potatoes
Microwave Baked Potatoes
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I have not done this yet, but will soon. When I was growing up, we had a wood stove we cooked on, and it had an oven, I used to make the baked potatoes but inserted a large nail (very clean) into the potato, theory is that when the nail heats up it cooks the inside of the potato faster, seemed to work. This is on my to make list and soon. This is based on one potato per serving as a side.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
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I have not done this yet, but will soon. When I was growing up, we had a wood stove we cooked on, and it had an oven, I used to make the baked potatoes but inserted a large nail (very clean) into the potato, theory is that when the nail heats up it cooks the inside of the potato faster, seemed to work. This is on my to make list and soon. This is based on one potato per serving as a side.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving as a side
Instructions
  1. Wash potato well to remove any dirt and grit, prick with a fork several times and place on a plate.
  2. Place in the microwave and 'nuke' the potato for 5 minutes on High power. Turn potato over and 'nuke' for another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove potato, cut nearly in half and spread apart, season with salt and pepper to your liking, mash just a bit with a fork, add the butter and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.
  4. Nuke again on High setting for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and top with remaining cheese and sour cream to your liking, garnish with chopped chives or spring onion if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Burmese Egg Curry
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, cilantro stems, tomatoes, tamarind paste, paprika, turmeric, chili powder, fish sauce, vegetable stock 1/2 cube.
  2. Simmer this mixture for 1-2 hours, stir once in a while, until it reduces the use a potato masher to smash any lumps and make the sauce a bit smoother. Continue simmering the sauce.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook the eggs, these are hard boiled but have a creamier yolk, use your favorite method but cut back a minute or two on the cook time, then cool with running tap water and gently peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Add the egg halves to the curry sauce and gently stir to coat the eggs, sprinkle a few cilantro leaves in and stir to mix those in.
  5. To serve, spoon egg halves into serving bowls and top with a few cilantro leaves and have red radish, sliced cucumber, and lettuce leaves on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled, whole, quail eggs in place of the chicken or duck eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Deep Fried Nachos
Deep Fried Nachos
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Sounds, and looks, really good! This is a make as much or as little as you want. On my to make list.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
few minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
few minutes
Deep Fried Nachos
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Sounds, and looks, really good! This is a make as much or as little as you want. On my to make list.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
few minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
few minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix together the crushed chips and just enough shredded cheese to form the mixture into balls, about golf ball size. As you form each ball, insert a cube of cheese into each one.
  2. Deep fry or pan fry the balls in oil until gold brown, just a few minutes, drain on paper towels.
  3. Top with your favorite nacho toppings as desired. Enjoy 🙂
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Rachel Greenawalt, and the original recipe is here.
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Dill Pickle Dip
Dill Pickle Dip
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This recipe is from a friend, and it is excellent! On my Go-To list now!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Dill Pickle Dip
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This recipe is from a friend, and it is excellent! On my Go-To list now!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl to combine. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Serve with crackers.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make it to determine how many servings. I will say fair cost right now.

Shortcut: Quick Fridge Dill Pickles.

Variants: 1. Substitute thin sliced ham, smoked ham, or turkey for the beef. 2. Serve on toast. 3. Use as a filling in a sandwich (I can see myself doing that).

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Amy Weckerly Shanks, and the original recipe is here.