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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Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Aromatic Paste
Servings: dumplings
Instructions
To Make the Aromatic Paste
  1. Grind together the garlic, pepper, and cilantro with a mortar and pestle until a smooth paste. Set aside 1 table of the paste for the dumplings, the remaining can be frozen for up to a month.
For the Dumplings
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. When hot, ad the sliced spring onion white parts, aromatic paste, and the diced mushrooms, stir often and cook until the spring onion is softened. Add the pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and water chestnuts (if using). Break the ground pork up as it cooks with your spatula, until cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan. Set the pan aside, this is the dumpling filling, and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  2. When the filling has cooled. Heat a small pot of water, about half full, to boiling. When the pot is boiling set out a bowl with ice water near the the pot. Add the spring onion green parts to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, keep them submerged in the water as well. After 30 seconds, remove them to the ice water to cool them. Remove from the ice water and pat dry, then cut each green piece in half lengthwise, these are the ties for the Golden Purses.
  3. Open the refrigerated wonton wrappers and place on a plate, place one wonton wrapper on a work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered with a towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Depending on the size of your wrappers, place between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. wet the 4 edges of the wrapper with water on your fingertip, draw up all the sides and pinch together at the top, so that it looks like a little bag an the bottom is rounded. Use a piece of the spring onion green and tie that around the top of the dumpling, and knot that. Trim the ends of the green.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot, when the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time with a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown, remove with the slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, continue to fry remaining dumplings.
  7. Allow dumplings to cool for a few minutes, serve with a sweet chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe was inspired by good friend, Daniela Dalaa Payerl.
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Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
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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.
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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
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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
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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 certainly sounds excellent tasting, on my to prepare list for sure.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
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This recipe is from a friend, and certainly sounds excellent tasting, on my to prepare list for sure.
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 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.

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
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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 😉
  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 🙂
  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 the link to this recipe is here.
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