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
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
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!