22 April 2009

Recipes: Super snacks from the South

From Denny: Found these outstanding recipes over at Canada.com. They were featured as Southern-style snacks for the Super Bowl game. The Canadians have a good pulse on Southern food, what a pleasant surprise!


Baked Peel-and-Eat Shrimp With Tequila and Lime
(In Louisiana we call them Oven Barbeque Shrimp and this looks like a good Florida style version.)

You could put all the ingredients for the flavoured butter into the pot, and set the shrimp in the baking dish an hour or two before serving and keep them in the fridge. When ready to serve, melt the butter as described in the recipe, pour over the shrimp and bake.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

Makes: 6 (4 shrimp or prawn) servings

1/4 cup butter

2 oz. tequila

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tsp grated lime zest

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp honey

1-2 tsp hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

24 large shrimp or prawns, shell on

salt to taste

lime slices for garnish (optional)

Place the first 7 ingredients in a small pot and set over medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted and well combined with the other ingredients. Set the shrimp or prawns in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over them. Preheat the oven to 425* F. Let the shrimp or prawns marinate in the butter mixture at room temperature 10 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just cooked through. Arrange on a serving plate, sprinkle with salt, garnish with lime slices, if desired, and serve.


Chimichurri Wings

Be sure to serve these finger-licking good wings with plenty of napkins.

Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating time

Cooking time: 25-25 minutes

Makes: 24 wings

1 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs

1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1-2 tsp hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

24 chicken wingettes or drumettes, or a mix of both (see Note)

salt to taste

lime slices for garnish (optional)

Place the first 9 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until sauce-like.

Spoon the mixture into a medium-sized bowl. Add the wings and toss to coat. Cover and marinate the wings in the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425* F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the wings on the baking sheet in a single layer. Using a teaspoon, spoon the chimichurri mixture left in the bowl over the wings.

Season each wing with salt. Bake 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of the wing, or until cooked through. Arrange the wings on a serving plate, garnish with lime slices, if desired, and serve.

Note: Chicken wingettes are the thin portion of the wing before the tip.

Drumettes are the meatier portion that attach to the breast. You'll find chicken wings in these forms at most supermarkets. If you can't, you'll have to split the wings yourself.


Chicken and Poblano Chili Pizzas

You can make these pizzas oven-ready early in the day. Refridgerate and bake when needed. Deep- green coloured, poblano peppers are mildly spicy and have a richer flavour than green bell peppers.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes (per tray of pizza)

Makes: 6-8 servings, 1/2 or 3/4 pizza servings

4 pocketless, Greek-style pita

3/4 cup barbecue sauce

2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese

1/2 store-bought rotisserie chicken, skin removed, meat pulled into shreds

1 small, fresh poblano chili, finely diced

Preheat the oven to 425* F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Set 2 pita bread on each baking sheet. Spread the top of the pita with the barbecue sauce. Top the pizzas with the cheese. Arrange the chicken on top of the cheese; sprinkle with the diced poblano peppers. Bake the pizzas, one tray at a time, 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is crispy. Cut pizzas into small wedges and serve.

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