Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Katie Cooks: Tiki Appetizers

In celebration of my husband's birthday and the unofficial beginning of summer, I decided to throw a Tiki themed party. The dilemma I faced was what to serve at such a party. The drink choice was obvious: Mai Tais served with those cute little paper umbrellas. Although the beverage selection was a cinch to figure out, what to serve for food was a bit more of a challenge. An Internet search on the topic didn't yield much in the way of recipes, but I did successfully try these two recipes for quick, simple and fun appetizer to serve at your next Tiki summer party. (Just in case one is coming up in the near future for you!)

The first recipe I tried was shrimp lettuce cups. Believe it or not I obtained this recipe from Party City. (You know the decoration store?) It amazes me that they are now providing customers with culinary advice, but the recipe turned out pretty well. I don't eat shrimp, so I had a vegetarian version, but I heard they were tasty. Basically it consists of marinated grilled shrimp laid in a bed of fruit salsa and garnished with cucumber, green onion and carrots.  The complete recipe can be found here.

To make this recipe first you marinade the shrimp for at least 15 minutes using the following ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

While the shrimp are chilling in their marinade you have to cut a whole bunch of stuff for the fruit salsa and garnish. First make the fruit salsa which is comprised of:
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 cup diced papaya (I used pineapple instead since I had a bunch of it)
  • 1/2 cup diced kiwi
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients together and set aside in the fridge while you grill up the shrimp. The last step is to take your shrimp and grill them. After shrimp are cooked, take the leaves of a head of iceberg lettuce to use as "cups". Scoop a small portion of the fruit salsa into the bottom, arrange the shrimp over the salsa, and garnish with julienned carrot, cucumber and green onion.

I also made bacon wrapped pineapple. This was ridiculously easy, and as you can imagine anything with crispy bacon is also ridiculously tasty. You will need:
  • 1 pound Bacon
  • 1 can Chunked Pineapple (large Chunks)
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
First preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Next get large chunks of pineapple. (I used fresh, but you can save some time buying canned.) Wrap each pineapple chunk with half a slice of bacon. I dredge the bacon through the brown sugar first for added sweetness. Last of all,  put the bacon/pineapple chunks on a skewer and then place the skewers on a cookie cooling rack on a foil lined baking sheet (so that the drippings can gather and not cause a mess that your husband will inevitably clean up).

These will cook for about 25 minutes. After 25 minutes I turned the broiler on to get a little added crispness to the bacon. When you are done you will have yummy chunks of pineapple wrapped in crisp, delicious bacon. These were also a real hit!

As a side note, you might enjoy the fact that William got dressed up for the Tiki party. Below you will see him donning a grass skirt and Hawaiian lei. He even was able to sneak a few of the appetizers too!

1 comment:

  1. I love themed parties - the food looks delicious and William looks so handsome!


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