Aug 27, 2013

Chipotle Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Baked Onion Rings & a Cocktail

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Over the weekend, Matt & I fixed up a mighty fine meal and I'm so excited to share these deliiiish recipes with y'all!

Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
via Simple Recipes

12 large, raw, peeled and deveined shrimp
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Zest from 1 lime
Juice from one lime (~2 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. of chipotle powder
6 strips of bacon, cut in half (12 pieces)
skewers (for grilling)

Mix together the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil and chipotle powder in a small bowl. Toss the shrimp in the lime chipotle mixture until every piece is well coated.

Spread the bacon pieces out in between paper towels on a microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for ~ 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Prepare grill on high, direct heat. If using wood skewers, soak in water for at least 30 seconds.

Working one at a time, wrap a half piece of microwaved bacon around each piece of shrimp. Thread the bacon-wrapped shrimp onto water-soaked skewers and brush remaining lime chipotle mixture on the outside of the bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Grill uncovered for 5 to 7 minutes on each side until shrimp is pink and the bacon is crisp.

Oven "Fried" Onion Rings
via my friend, Mr. Bijoy. (He's like amazing at this kind of stuff)
What ya need:
2 medium sweet vidalia onions, cut into 1/2 inch slices and separated into rings
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of freshly-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of fine red chili powder (cayenne will suffice)
1/2 cup of non-fat plain yogurt
1 egg
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of crushed kettle-cooked potato chips
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Ok, so:
Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Now, take two medium to large bowls and, in the first one, combine 1/4 cup of flour, salt, pepper and red chili powder. In the second, combine the yogurt, egg and 1/4 cup of flour and whisk until a smooth batter is formed. This batter should be about the consistency of a loose pancake batter. If it’s too watery/loose add 1 tablespoon of additional flour. Grab a third bowl and put your crushed chips in it. Be sure that the chips are fairly finely crushed. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and drizzle it with the oil. Throw the baking sheet in the hot oven for 2-4 minutes. While the baking sheet is heating, begin the ring-assembly process.

One-by-one, dredge the onion in the dry flour mixture, then the batter, then the chips, making sure to get an even coat with each dip. Arrange them on the hot baking sheet evenly and cook for 8 minutes. Remove the baking sheet form the oven and flip the rings. Return the sheet to the oven and bake for another 8 minutes. Now sprinkle the salt on top and serve hot!
we will definitely be repeating this recipe!
The Cheerful Hippy
This is one of my own creations, I hope you like it! The watermelon was a last minute add, but it tasted sooo good!

1 part Viral Lolli vodka
4 parts Organic Raspberry Lemonade
2 sprigs of fresh Mint Julep
Fresh watermelon

Serve on the rocks.

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