Cucumber Sandwiches
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These can be a light lunch or served as an appetizer. These sound delicious! Simple ingredients and very common to find. On my to make list. Keep in mind, an electric mixer is not required for this, you can easily mix this by hand, just follow the instructions if you do not have an electric mixer.
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
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These can be a light lunch or served as an appetizer. These sound delicious! Simple ingredients and very common to find. On my to make list. Keep in mind, an electric mixer is not required for this, you can easily mix this by hand, just follow the instructions if you do not have an electric mixer.
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 appetizers 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: appetizers
Instructions
Using an Electric Mixer
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese and mayo, and mix until smooth.
NOT Using an Electric Mixer (my preferred way)
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese, mash with a potato masher, yes, I know this sounds weird, just go with it, it works. When the cream cheese is mashed well, now you can use a heavy spoon to mix in the mayo. See, wasn't that easy?
Continuing on...
  1. When the cream cheese and mayo is a nice smooth mixture, stir in the dill, chives, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. For the cucumber, skin on or off is your choice, some like skin on for the color, some like it off. An alternative is the peel strips off, so the cucumber is in strips before peeling, totally up to you.
  3. Slice the cucumber thinly, the use of a mandolin is highly recommended.
  4. Lay out the bread slices and cut off the crusts, makes for a very nice presentation when served as appetizers. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread.
  5. Top half of the slices with a good layer of the cucumber slices, overlapping them the slices.
  6. Place the remaining slices on top, cream cheese spread side down. Slice each into 3 sections. If you want to make smaller appetizers, slice in 3 sections then cut all three in half to make 6 tiny sandwiches. You may want to use toothpicks inserted in the centers of the smaller ones to keep them together.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The cream cheese will cost about 150 Baht/250 grams. This recipe makes a lot of appetizers so I will say this is overall, low cost.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
United States.

Cucumber Bites
Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumbers, feel free to get creative to make ridges, etc. Slice about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
  2. Slice the cheese and cut into squares that will cover, and slightly overhang a slice of cucumber.
  3. To assemble, place a slice of cucumber in a tray, add a slice of cheese, fold up a slice of deli ham into quarters and place onto the cheese, top the ham with another slice of cheese, then place another slice of cucumber on top and poke a toothpick in the center to hold it together. Repeat for as many as you would like to make.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use deli sliced turkey, chicken, Genoa salami, or pepperoni. 2. Use Swiss, Gouda, or Edam cheeses.

From seeing a photo.

Sausage Salad II
Sausage Salad II
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the Vietnamese sausage, which is a pork sausage that is already cooked and found in the refrigerator section of grocery stores, the name is Cha Lua for the regular flavor. This is the Moo Dee brand (moo = pig, dee = good). Similar brands will close to what this looks like, grocery stores have all the Vietnamese sausage together as well.
  2. This is the Cha Hue variety, which is heavy with cracked black pepper and garlic. When looking for this in the store, the pepper is clearly seen in the sausage, and more than likely, there is a picture of black pepper on the package. This is also the Moo Dee brand. I prefer this variety due to the pepper.
  3. Unwrap the sausage and slice into about 1/4 inch thick slices, place on a serving plate.
  4. To a mixing bowl, add the garlic, onion, chilies, lemon or lime juice, and the fish sauce and mix together well.
  5. Pour over the sausage and garnish with mint and coriander leaves.
  6. Serve as a side dish to any Thai meal or as an appetizer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Spicy Home Made Sausage Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Mushroom Spring Rolls
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the mushrooms and the shrimp, you can either use a knife to mince the stems, caps, and shrimp or just run them through a meat grinder if you have one, using the coarse plate, aka, the wagon wheel, you can mince the mushrooms and shrimp at the same time with the grinder.
  2. Prepare the chilies, garlic, and basil.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the chilies and garlic, stir fry for a minute, then add the shrimp, mushrooms, sauces, sugar, and basil. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool to room temp.
  4. To assemble the spring rolls, first we need to make the glue to seal the edge of the pastry. Mix together the water and corn starch in a small bowl, set that aside but close to where you will be working.
  5. 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. (This is where two people is very handy, one to pull the the pastry apart and the other rolling the spring rolls.)
  6. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  7. Fold the bottom (the corner closest to you) up over the filling.
  8. 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 open envelope.
  9. 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 an envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  10. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets.
  11. 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.
  12. 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

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variant: 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.

This recipe for Mushroom Parcels is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Fried Seasoned Wontons
Fried Seasoned Wontons
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Quick and easy appetizer or snack, think great with beer. On my to make list. This is a make as you need recipe, no set amounts needed here.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
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Quick and easy appetizer or snack, think great with beer. On my to make list. This is a make as you need recipe, no set amounts needed here.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lay out some wonton wrappers on a cutting board, lightly spray or bush water on each wrapper.
  2. Use either Knorr or Ros-Dee brands, very popular in Thailand and available in the US in Asian markets.
  3. Lightly dust with either the chicken or pork seasoning powder.
  4. Heat some oil in a large pan, about 1/4 inch or even less to medium hot. Place a few wontons at a time in the oil and fry until golden brown, they fry up very quickly.
  5. Remove to paper towels to drain, and continue the process to cook all the wonton wrappers you have prepared.
  6. Serve as an appetizer or with beer or drinks of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Fried Seasoned Wontons is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a pot, add the soy sauce, vinegars, garlic, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stir, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp.
  2. If using fresh hard boiled quail eggs, get them peeled, rinsed, and place in the mason jars. If using canned eggs, drain, rinse (they are already peeled), and place in the mason jars.
  3. Add 1 chili (both halves) to each jar. Place a wedge or two of onion in each jar.
  4. Pour the cooled brine into each jar, pack in more eggs as needed and push them down into the liquid so they are covered. Place lids on the jars and set in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, then the eggs are ready to be enjoyed.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce I
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce I
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This sounds very good, and this recipe is Indonesian in origin. Normally served on a skewer as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. On my to cook list. This recipe assumes you have fresh hard boiled quail eggs or for folks in the states, feel free to use canned. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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This sounds very good, and this recipe is Indonesian in origin. Normally served on a skewer as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. On my to cook list. This recipe assumes you have fresh hard boiled quail eggs or for folks in the states, feel free to use canned. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If using fresh hard boiled eggs, get them peeled the set aside. If using canned, just drain and rinse (they are already peeled) and set them aside.
  2. Add the chopped shallots, galangal, coriander, and a pinch or two of salt in a mortar and mash with a pestle. No mortar? No problem, use a food processor or blender 🙂 Set aside.
  3. Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then stir in the the mashed ingredients, bay leaves, sugar, soy sauce, and finally add the eggs.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and let the mixture cook until the eggs are a nice brown color then remove from heat.
  5. Remove the eggs and drain.
  6. Place 5 eggs on each skewer.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Quail Egg Wontons
Quail Egg Wontons
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Ingredients
For Each Skewer
To Fry
  • lard or cooking oil, as needed, OR make from a shortcut
Servings: skewer
Instructions
  1. Place a wonton wrapper on your work surface with a corner pointed towards you. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water and all 4 edges of the wrapper, place a quail egg on the wrapper.
  2. Fold the corner closest to you over the egg away from you, then roll the egg away from until you see the corners overlapped.
  3. Take the left and right corners and fold them one at a time over the egg as well, so they overlap. Place on a skewer, running the skewer through the corners overlapped, as seen in this photo. I folded the left corner first, then right corner, gives a nice uniform appearance.
  4. Repeat with the remaining eggs and wrappers. Using as many skewers, eggs, and wrappers as desired.
  5. Heat a pan with about 1/2 inch of lard or oil (I used homemade lard for this), when hot, add a few skewers at a time, fry to golden brown.
  6. Turn and fry the other side to golden brown. Frying both sides, called a shallow deep fry, takes just 10-20 seconds per side.
  7. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs. Rendering Lard.

Common street food in Thailand.

Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Fried Oyster Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the root end of the mushrooms, rinse the mushrooms and squeeze dry. Using your hands, pull apart the mushrooms into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. I misjudged the amount of Oyster mushrooms I had so I used two more types of mushrooms, first I used a package of white Shimeji mushrooms, 150 grams (5-6 oz). These are in clumps in the package. This photo is I just took them out of the package.
  3. To prep these, cut off about 1 inch of the root ends of the clumps as shown, rinse, squeeze dry, add to the bowl with the Oyster mushrooms.
  4. Next mushroom used was a package of Enoki mushrooms, 200 grams (7 oz), in the states, these are also known as Golden mushrooms, and can be found canned as well in the Asian markets there. This photo is the mushrooms taken out of the package, these grow in a large clump and are long slender stems.
  5. To prep these, cut off about 1 1/2 to two inches from the root end, and cut the mushrooms in half as shown, rinse, squeeze dry and to the bowl with the other mushrooms.
  6. Use your hands and toss the mushrooms together. This photo really shows how slender the Enoki mushrooms are.
  7. Sprinkle the corn starch onto the mushrooms and gently mix together to coat the mushrooms.
  8. Then add the egg, salt and pepper to taste, heavy handed with the pepper works well, and mix together to coat the mushrooms fully.
  9. Heat the lard or oil in a large non stick pan, when hot but not smoking, carefully slide or place (using tongs) the mushroom in the oil.
  10. Fry until golden brown, turning them often as you fry them.
  11. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  12. Place on a serving tray or large plate, serve with additional salt and pepper as desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Rendering Lard.

Variant: 1. Reduce the amount of Oyster mushrooms and add in other types of mushrooms.

This recipe for Fried Oyster Mushrooms is from China Sichuan Food.

Curry Fish Balls
Curry Fish Balls
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This sounds very good, and uses a packaged curry from Japan that is exceptional in flavor, Japanese curry tastes neither like Thai or Indian curries. Fish balls (think of small meatballs but made from fish) are very common and for folks in the US, these are readily available at most Asian markets. Curried fish balls are very common in China (and I did receive this recipe from a friend in China). This can be a snack or side dish. If I was a betting man, you could increase the number of ball and make a main dish over rice for two people. On my to prepare list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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This sounds very good, and uses a packaged curry from Japan that is exceptional in flavor, Japanese curry tastes neither like Thai or Indian curries. Fish balls (think of small meatballs but made from fish) are very common and for folks in the US, these are readily available at most Asian markets. Curried fish balls are very common in China (and I did receive this recipe from a friend in China). This can be a snack or side dish. If I was a betting man, you could increase the number of ball and make a main dish over rice for two people. On my to prepare list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil and when hot, saute the onion until soft.
  2. Pour in the stock and add the curry (yes, it does look like a candy bar). Move the curry around until dissolved and mixed in with the onion and stock.
  3. Add the coconut milk and stir in, then add the fish balls. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and the curry will thicken.
  5. Serve as is for a side dish or snack, or over rice with the curry as a main dish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Curry Fish Balls is from China Sichuan Food.