Jalapeno Shrimp Poppers

It’s almost game day! As everyone prepares for their homes filled with guests, the big question becomes: What’s easy, fun and something everyone will love to eat? The Answer is: Jalapeno shrimp poppers! These have just enough heat, packed with flavor and a crowd favorite. You can even do some of the work ahead of time. Freeing you up to enjoy fun, friends and the game.

Shrimp & cheese jalapenos

(Makes 24 poppers)

Ingredients: 

24 medium jalapenos

1 lb. peeled and deviened shrimp

1 C. Cream cheese

1/2 C. Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp Cumin 

1 Tbsp Smokey Paprika 

1 Tbsp Onion Powder 

 

Directions: 

(Up to one day before you can do the following)

Roast the Jalapenos until the skin just begins to glisten but not blister. Place the Jalapenos into a ziploc bag and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the skins of the jalapenos and place the jalapenos back into the ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator. Next, dice your shrimp into small pieces. To make this task easier: place shrimp in a freezer bag in the freezer for 20 minutes. This will make the shrimp a bit firmer to dice. Once diced, brown in non stick pan with cumin, paprika and onion powder. In a medium bowl, place warm shrimp mixture with cream cheese and Parmesan. Gently fold to combine all of the mixture with the cheeses. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.

Day of! Game Day!

Take Jalapenos and make a small slit going lengthwise. Do not remove the seeds if you would like to keep some of the spicy flavor. Gently, using a small spoon; put the filling into each jalapeno. Next, fire up the broiler! Place each popper on a pan sheet and roast on the lowest rack from the direct heat. Watch the poppers carefully. They’re perfect once they have reached a golden brown color on top.  Now dive in!!

Shrimp & cheese poppers

 

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Cake Batter Doughnuts

Around here weekends call for doughnuts. While I love supporting my local bakeries; there are times when a quick batch of doughnuts are necessary. Say when it’s freezing cold out, you live 20 miles from the nearest bakery, you’re tired, you simply don’t want to leave your house… The reasons why you need doughnuts at home are plenty and varied. Well, I’m here to show you how to have doughnuts in no time! Plus, you can freeze these treats to pull out on another day; when doughnuts are a must!

Cake Batter DoughnutsFirst off let’s talk cake batter. This is really a personal preference. Truly the more basic flavors work best for adding toppings: chocolate, white cake, yellow cake and spice cake. However, I think a carrot cake batter with a coconut topping would be equally delicious!

Now that you have selected your cake batter flavor let’s move on to making the doughnuts themselves. The process starts with a basic non-stick doughnut pan, yielding 6 doughnuts per pan. You will need to lightly grease the pan and preheat your oven to the temperature indicted on your cake batter box.

Next, using your cake batter box which should be a 15.25 oz box: pour into a large bowl half of the boxed cake batter and the following ingredients.

Ingredients: 

1/2 a box of cake batter

1/2 C. Water

1/4 C. Vegetable oil

1 egg whole

1 egg white

Bake until the doughnuts are firm but still have a slight spring to the touch.

Cake Batter Doughnuts

Once the doughnuts have cooled; it’s time to add the toppings.

A simple dusting of powder sugar is one option but let your imagination and taste buds guide you to the doughnut you fancy.

Note: if you intend to freeze the doughnuts do not glaze or add any toppings to the doughnuts.This recipe will yield roughly 10-12 doughnuts with half a box of cake batter.

Chocolate Ganache topping

Using semi sweet chocolate baking chips and a dash of dark chocolate; will yield the most wonderful ganache for topping your doughnuts. Create a double broiler (medium bowl over boiling water), Add chocolate and butter and whisk until smooth.

Dip your doughnuts in the chocolate and then place on parchment paper to dry. At this point in the process, you may add sprinkles to your doughnuts, chopped hazelnuts or any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!