Crab and Shrimp Chimichanga with Cheese Sauce

Crab and Shrimp Chimichanga with Cheese Sauce

My Chimichanga is cut in half so you can see inside.

     I’m sure you are aware that going out for a seafood dinner costs a fortune.  With a 1 lb can of crab meat at the cost of $18.00 you will be able to make 8 large Chimichangas.  Many restaurants use fake crab and lobster in this kind of a recipe.  The pure delicious taste of real seafood in this dish is SO delicious!  I kept the seasonings on the low side because I wanted to taste seafood, not seasonings.  Mama mia!  My mouth is watering thinking about the leftovers.

     This dish is not labor intensives, although it does take some time.  Feel free to make the Cheese Sauce the day before or the morning of.  You can also chop and sauté the vegetables ahead of time.  The chimichangas are big, but I still ate two of them.  I’m not huge on leftovers, but I’ll tell you what.  I can’t wait for dinner tonight.  Leftovers it is!  

 

Marinade Ingredients:

2 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP lime juice

1 minced clove of garlic

1 sliced green onion

1 tsp Sriracha sauce

2 tsp cider vinegar

 

Filling Ingredients:

12 oz peeled, deveined shrimp

16 oz can of crab meat

1 small stalk celery

½ cup red onion, chopped

2 scallions, sliced

¼ of a red bell pepper

Juice of ½ lime

2 T of canned chilies

1 large tomato

4 cloves garlic

(Optional, a few jalapeno peppers to taste)

Seasonings:  Dash cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper, Siracha sauce

 

Cheese sauce:

1 can chicken broth

3 T flour

2 T chilies

¼ – ½ tsp Siracha sauce

½ tsp Garlic Powder

Dash or two of cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper

8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese blend

 

Pico de Gallo (Not cooked salsa) Also called salsa fresca, or fresh salsa.

2 tomatoes, chunked and seeded/juice removed again

¼ of a large red onion

3 scallions

Jalapenos

3-4 cloves garlic

Bit of salt, pepper

Other half of lime juice

Pulse until it’s the consistency you want.  Leave it somewhat chunky.  Place in bowl and chill.

 

Marinade Preparation:

Rinse shrimp and drain in a colander.  Place in a shallow dish.  Mix marinade and pour over shrimp.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour (No more.  Shrimp is porous and will take on marinade flavors quickly).  Stir once or twice while being refrigerated.

 

Filling Preparation:

Wash and quarter the tomato, put in microwave for 1 min.  Let cool and the skin will peel right off.  Voila!  I always use my thumbs and scoop the juice and seeds out.  Seeds look unprofessional; juice is just useless extra liquid.

Scoop the shrimp from the marinade using a slotted spoon, or place in a colander.  Discard marinade.

In a preheated heavy frying pan (I like cast iron), drizzle a bit of oil in the bottom and let it get very warm, but NOT smoking. Place the red pepper skin side down and cook until it’s black.   Let cool and scrape skin off.

Put another drizzle of oil in pan and leave it on the heat to bring the oil to temperature again.  While coming to temperature, either chop the vegetables or add them to food processor: celery, onion, scallions, roasted red pepper, juice of half of lime, garlic, and the chilies (if you use the jalapenos, add them also.)  Pulse until veggies are the size you want them.  Add the tomato and pulse until tomato is well chopped, but not mangled.  Set aside.

 

Drain shrimp and pat dry with paper toweling.  In preheated frying pan, add vegetables, cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper, and Siracha sauce.  Cook until vegetables are tender.  Remove to a small bowl.

 

Cheese Sauce Preparation:

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, pour in one can of chicken broth and 3 T flour.  Reduce to about half.  Add dash cumin, coriander, parsley, chili powder, salt, pepper and cayenne (same as you did for seafood).  I like to throw in a bit of the roasted red pepper and about 2 T of chopped fresh tomato for a hint of color. Add 2 T chilies and start adding cheese.  Start with an 8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese blend.  If you want it thicker, add some sharp, Colby, Muenster, or whatever you have on hand.  Taste and add anything else you want. Turn off heat. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.

Now, use any kind of tortilla you want, corn, flour, wheat, whatever shape you like.  Place about 3/4 cup of the seafood filling on one end.  Drizzle a few tablespoons of the cheese sauce over the filling. Start rolling, tucking in the ends as you go.  In a glass 10” x 14” baking dish, smear bottom and sides with a little olive oil.  Place Chimichangas seam side down. Brush with Tortillas with olive oil.  Bake at 375* for 18 – 20 min.  Watch carefully.  You want them golden brown and slightly crisp, but NOT too dark.

Get a beverage, turn your stereo on and play La Pajarera.  Put your feet up, close your eyes and feel the ocean breeze on your face.  Don’t fall asleep and burn the Chimichangas!

 Plate your Chimichangas, and spoon cheese sauce on top.  Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa.  You can garnish with a quick dash of paprika. cayenne pepper, sliced green onions and/or chilies.

Serve Pico de Gallo, refried beans, Spanish rice, and/or corn bread. They’re all excellent with Chimichangas.

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Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glazed Shrimp

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     This Glazed Teriyaki Shrimp is so good, and so easy.  Once your Rice is cooked, the Shrimp takes about 5 minutes to prepare, start to finish.  If you’ve never made an Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glaze, I’m going to show you how easy it is to do.  You’ll never buy the bottled stuff again.   Know that this is not a Marinade.  It is a Glaze meant to be applied as a finishing touch.  It is excellent on almost everything, from Chicken, Pork, Fish, Beef, and Shell Fish.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 2-3 SERVINGS

One 12 oz bag raw Shrimp

3-4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional: 1 slice Fresh Ginger Root or ¼ tsp Ginger Powder

Olive Oil

 

AUTHENTIC JAPANESE TERIYAKI GLAZE INGREDIENTS:

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Mirin

2 TBSP Sake

1 TBSP Sugar (I like a little less)

 

PREPARATION:

Rinse Shrimp well, and drain.  Lay on paper toweling to remove excess water.  You can sprinkle with a bit of Salt and Pepper if you want.

Drizzle a bit of Olive Oil in a preheated skillet.  Add the Shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.  Flip over and add Garlic (and Ginger).  Cook for another 2 minutes.

While the Shrimp is cooking, quickly mix the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients over the Shrimp and cook until the Glaze has reduced and is coating the Shrimp.  Remove the Ginger Root if you used it.

Done!

Serve over Rice.

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Shrimp Lumpia, a Filipino Treat

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What is Lumpia? Lumpia (Loom-p-i-a) is the Filipino version of an Egg Roll, and quickly gaining in popularity. You’ll see them all over California being sold as street food. Traditionally made with Ground Pork or Beef and Vegetables, and fried in Oil, they are a wonderful and portable finger food. You could also try Chicken or even make a Vegetarian variety. My dear friend Me’ven, who hails from the Philippines recommended that I give them a try and I love trying new International foods. Me, being me, I used Shrimp. I brushed with Olive Oil and air fried them, but they could just as easily be cooked in the oven or fried in the same skillet you use to cook the filling. They were so delicious. The recipe makes 15 Lumpias. Over the course of the day, Bob and I ate them all.

     Lumpias are wrapped in Lumpia Skins, but Spring Roll Wrappers or Egg Roll Wrappers work just as well. Make sure you have some Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping! I imagine Sweet and Sour Sauce, Soy Sauce, Hot Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce or anything along those lines would also be delicious. Me’ven assures me that many people make them in large batches and freeze or later. I didn’t have the opportunity to do that since we ate every single one.

INGREDIENTS: 

1 Package of Spring Roll Wrappers

12 oz Raw Shrimp

1 ½ cups Cabbage, shredded

1 cup Carrots, shredded

1 cup Onion, chopped

1 Mini Sweet Pepper, chopped

2-3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp Ginger Root, minced (or ½ tsp powder)

2-3 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Cilantro, fresh or dried

Olive Oil for brushing

NOTE: An optional Ingredient in Pork or Ground Beef Lumpias are Raisins, Bean Sprouts, and Water Chestnuts

TIME SAVER: Use 1 ½ cups of Cole Slaw mix instead of buying a whole head of Cabbage. Then add your own Carrots

PREPARATION: 

Peel and devein your Shrimp. Rinse well, drain, and lay on paper toweling to remove as much water as possible. You want the Shrimp to sizzle in the pan, not steam from excess water. When you get a minute, cut the Shrimp into halves or thirds. (I used Extra Large Shrimp, and thirds would have been better).

While the Shrimp is drying, get a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom. At medium heat, cook the Cabbage, Carrots, Onion, Pepper, Ginger, and Garlic until Cabbage and Carrots are crisp-tender. Place mixture in a bowl.

Drizzle a little Olive Oil in the same pan and preheat it. Add the Shrimp, a little Pepper, 1 TBSP of the Soy Sauce and ½ tsp dried Cilantro. Stir constantly until they turn pink.

Add the Vegetable Mixture to the Shrimp along with Pepper, 1 TBSP Soy Sauce, ½ tsp Cilantro and stir until well mixed. Add all Ingredients to the same bowl you used before.

In the same skillet, add a few inches of very warm water. Bring the pan to a work area and set on a pot holder. Take one Spring Roll Wrapper and let it soak in the water until it is very soft. It only takes about 10 seconds. After a few seconds they will begin to curl. I found that flipping them over does the trick.

Add about ¼ cup of the filling to each Wrapper and roll up, tucking the sides in as you go. I did not find it necessary to seal with egg because I air fried and they were not going to be handled much. If you prefer to fry, you will need to keep about 1” of hot oil in the skillet at all times. Fry in batches so you don’t over crowd them, and drain well on paper toweling.

For air frying, I brushed top, bottom, and sides with Olive Oil and cooked for about 5 minutes, flipped them over and cooked the other side. Since all the filling is cooked, simply get them to the golden color you desire. Drain on paper toweling.

By Tika for Chew Wanna Eat 8/15/2018

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Orange Shrimp and Pork Fried Rice

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     Orange Shrimp is one of my favorites.  I had leftover Pork, so I decided that Chinese was in order.  The Shrimp with it’s creamy Orange Sauce was out of this world.  I have a habit of not measuring when I cook, so all Ingredients are guestimated.  Adjust as necessary to your liking.  The Shrimp can be spicy or mild, it’s up to you.  I will say that it was an outstanding dinner.

SHRIMP INGREDIENTS:    Yields 2 Servings

12 OZ Bag Jumbo Shrimp

1 orange

2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash Chinese 5 spice powder, Dash of Ginger Powder

Parsley

Olive Oil

2 tsp Corn Starch

1 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Optional:  1 TBSP Siracha Sauce

Parsley, Pepper

Optional Sesame Seeds

 

Marinade Ingredients: 

2 TBSP Orange Zest

3-4 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Honey

1 TBSP Rice Vinegar

2 TBSP Canola Oil

½ of an onion cut into strips top to bottom

1” piece of ginger root, peeled and cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced

Optional Dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

 

SHRIMP PREPARATION: 

Remove tails and rinse shrimp well.  Drain well.  Place into a small bowl.  Pour mixed marinade over shrimp, stir, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

While Rice is in the skillet, drain the Shrimp and discard the liquid, Onion, and Ginger root.  In a second skillet, add the remainder of the juice from the Orange, Corn Starch, Siracha Sauce, Garlic, 5 Spice Powder, and Ginger Powder.  Optionally you can add a few quarters of Orange.  (See photo).  Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.  Remove to the bowl that your rice chilled in.  Set aside.

In the same pan, add a drizzle of Olive Oil.  When pan is hot, add the drained Shrimp.  You can optionally add a dash of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes now.  Cook about 3 minutes over medium heat until Shrimp is pink.  Return the Orange Sauce to the pan.  As soon as it begins to simmer, it’s ready to serve.  You may garnish with Sesame Seeds if you’d like to.

 

FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:  Yields 4 – 5 Servings

1 ½ – 2 cups leftover Pork or Chicken cut into chunks or strips

Veggies I used:  Snow Pea Pods, Onion, Garlic, Asparagus, Mushrooms, 1 Carrot diced

4 Servings of Rice cooked and chilled

2 TBSP Hoisin Sauce

3-4 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1-2 cloves Garlic, minced

Pepper, Parsley

1 TBSP Butter

1 or 2 Eggs

 

PORK FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom.  Add the cold rice and give it a stir.  Let it cook for about 5 minutes. (Reserve the bowl the rice was in.)

Add the Soy Sauce and Hoisin Sauce, stirring well.  Let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the Veggies that take the longest to cook first (Carrots) and let them cook for 5 minutes.  Add the remainder of Veggies.

When Veggies are tender, add the diced Pork.  Stir.  Make a well in the center.  Add a pat of Butter.  When melted, add the Egg and let sit until mostly cooked.  Break up and stir throughout rice.  Taste and adjust anything you care to.

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Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Alfredo

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    One pan Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Alfredo

     Alfredo is one of those things that I love, especially if it’s loaded with seafood.  You can use any leftover seafood, chicken, mushrooms, asparagus, or other vegetables, ham, etc.    I probably make it different every time I make it because I don’t use a recipe.  I wrote this one down for you though!  This particular recipe uses Half and half instead of Heavy Cream. – And, NO flour as a thickener.  Cream cheese works great, as well as adding an additional layer of flavor.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 4-5 SERVINGS

2 oz cream cheese

3 TBSP Butter

3-4 cloves Garlic

¾ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish

1/8 – ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tsp Salt

A couple dashes each of Celery Salt and Paprika

1 TBSP fresh Parsley

2 ¼ cups half and half

Juice of half a lemon

12 oz Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined

12 oz Lobster meat, cooked

8-10 oz crab meat

Optional Garnish:  Mozzarella cheese

PREPARATION:

In a large skillet over low heat, melt cream cheese and butter, stirring with whisk.  Add Garlic and cook for a minute or two.  Slowly pour in half and half and lemon juice.  Slowly add Parmesan cheese, continue stirring with whisk.  Add raw shrimp and cook until pink (about 3 minutes).  Add Lobster meat and Crab meat until heated through.

Serve over your choice of Pasta.  Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese (and Optional Mozzarella) once plated.

NOTE:  I cut the shrimp into thirds because I want a piece of seafood in every bite.

Save the lobster shells for bisque!  I toss them in a baggie and then freeze.

All crab meat is precooked, so just heat it through; no need to cook it.

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CRISPY HONEY ORANGE SHRIMP

Crispy Honey Orange Shrimp

     We were invited to our neighbor’s home for drinks and appetizers.  I asked what I could bring and was told to bring myself and my husband.  How rude!  Lol  Let me just say that there were two reasons that wasn’t gonna happen.  It goes against my grain to show up anywhere empty handed, plus, I never do what I’m told.  I wracked my brain trying to think of what to bring.  I’m not big on making appetizers for some reason, so I had to make something up in a hurry.  This was the end result.  I made them spicy, but there is no need to add Chipotle if you want mild shrimp.    We were running late, and I didn’t get a chance to pop one in my mouth before we left.  I got lucky.  They were a big hit and I think the recipe is a keeper.

     Here’s how I did it:

INGREDIENTS:

Two 12 oz bags extra-large peeled shrimp (raw)

Salt for brining

1 Orange (You’ll use the juice and the zest)

Marinade:

3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce

1 TBSP fresh ginger root, minced

1 TBSP fresh garlic, minced

Juice and zest of half the orange

Shrimp Coating:  Note that there are three choices

1 cup corn starch -OR – 1 cup AP flour – OR 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (or mix it up)

Salt and pepper

OPTIONAL:  ¼ – ½ tsp Chipotle powder

Frying:

1/3 – ½ cup canola oil

Sauce:

1 cup local honey

Juice and zest from ½ orange

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

½ tsp Chipotle powder

 

PREPARATION:

Rinse shrimp well.  Soak for 30 min in salted water. (The salt will make the shrimp juicier and tastier.  Just like when you brine chicken).

Drain shrimp, rinse bowl and return shrimp to empty bowl.  Add juice of ½ an orange, 1 TBSP orange zest, soy sauce, ginger root, and garlic.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Drain well.

In medium bowl, add corn starch, (or flour or Panko bread crumbs), salt, black pepper, and ½ tsp Chipotle chili powder.  Give it a quick mix with a whisk or a fork.  Add a handful of drained shrimp, cover bowl and shake until shrimp is coated.  Using a Japanese skimmer or a small strainer, and shake excess flour mixture from the shrimp and place in a dish or large platter.  Continue until all shrimp is coated.

Heat a heavy skillet and add enough canola oil to cover bottom well.  When oil is hot, add shrimp about a handful at a time (never crowd the pan).  Cook until brown and crispy (2 ½ – 3 min per side).   Drain on paper toweling. Drain skillet and wipe with a paper towel.

In same skillet, add honey, juice from the other half of orange, orange zest, lemon juice, and chipotle powder.  Bring to boil and reduce mixture by about half. You want to create a syrupy sauce.

Arrange cooked shrimp on a serving platter and pour sauce over the top.  You can garnish with parsley, sesame seeds, and/or a handful of green onions with stems.

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SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Shrimp Cocktail

  There’s almost nothing easier than making a shrimp cocktail, and what a perfect appetizer to serve while the main meal is being cooked. Shrimp needs only 3 minutes in boiling water, and the homemade cocktail sauce is a breeze.

COCKTAIL SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1 cup ketchup
horseradish to taste (start with 1 tsp and taste it)
fresh lemon juice (I like a lot, but again, taste it)

Mix it up and put it in a serving dish. That’s it!

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BAKED SHRIMP SCAMPI

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     Shrimp scampi is easy, trust me.  And the best part is that it is restaurant quality delicious.  In fact, this recipe is better than many restaurants.  It’s a wonderful dinner for special occasions, too.  It tastes so labor intensive, but it isn’t.  Instead of stovetop, this recipe is baked.  Easier yet!

INGREDIENTS:

12 – 16 OZ raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 TBSP butter

4 small or 2 large cloves garlic, minced

½ cup chardonnay wine

Parsley and Paprika

Salt and Pepper

Serve with lemon wedges

PREPARATION:

In the microwave, melt butter.  Add garlic, wine, seasonings.  Pour over the shrimp.  Squirt with half a lemon.  Stick it in the oven at 400 ° F for about 15 -20 minutes, stirring once or twice.  The shrimp is done when pink.

Yes, it’s that simple, really!  Serve with lemon wedges.

 

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SALMON DEVILED EGGS

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     Protein packed, low in fat and cholesterol, these delicious deviled eggs were a huge surprise!  We couldn’t believe how good they were.  Normally when I see low fat and low cholesterol, I can’t avoid it fast enough, but the Salmon adds so much flavor, you truly won’t miss a thing!  So, let me see.  Super inexpensive, healthy, lightning fast to make, not your everyday deviled eggs, and really, really good.  Sounds like a win win.  Wait until you set a platter of these out at your next get together.

INGREDIENTS:

5 large hard boiled eggs

1 foil package Pink Salmon (2.5 oz)

1 TBSP mayo

1 ½ TBSP cream cheese

1+ tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

2 TBSP celery plus more for garnish

A few dashes each of Salt and Pepper

Garnish:  Chives or Green Onions, Dill weed and Paprika

 

PREPARATION:

Peel eggs, and rinse to remove all traces of shells.  Cut in half, and remove the yolks.  (You can use the yolks for something else, but to keep this recipe very low in cholesterol, I didn’t use any in this recipe.)

In a small chopper, add Salmon, mayo, cream cheese, lemon juice, mustard, celery, and a little salt and pepper.  Blend or chop until it’s the consistency you want and fill eggs.  Garnish with extra chopped celery, dill weed and paprika.

Only 5 mg cholesterol in the entire package of Salmon, so each half egg will be only 2 ½ mg of cholesterol.  The cream cheese adds 5.83 mg cholesterol, and mayo adds another 2 mg.  So, according to my calculations, each half egg contains only 10.33 mg cholesterol.

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GRILLED BOURBON MARINATED SHRIMP

Bourbon Marinated Shrimp

     As you can see, we’re still playing with the Kentucky bourbon we bought. Once I perfected the BBQ sauce, we wanted to create a marinade. Bob outdid himself. This was delicious! And simple!

     Give it a try.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ pounds raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 tablespoons bourbon
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Canola oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoons brown mustard
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 small onion minced
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle pepper (depending on your personal tastes)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

In a bowl, whisk the bourbon, honey, Canola, oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard, onion, garlic and pepper, and Chipotle pepper.

Add the shrimp, and toss to cover with the marinade. Allow shrimp to marinate 2 – 3 hours in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.

Skewer and grill.

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