Saturday night – 01/05/2013

For the first Saturday night of the new year I thought I would try a new recipe or two.

Menu
Baked Ham with Maple-Orange Glaze
Black-eyed Peas (recipe toward the end of the article)
Jasmine rice
Braised mixed greens
Corn bread

Notes under the cut

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Shrimp Burgers

A local tapas place offers shrimp burgers.  We don’t get to the restaurant that often though, and we really dig them.  So I after some web surfing I found a recipe from Chef Marcela Valladolid off the Today show website. I made a few mods to fit what I had on hand.

Shrimp Burgers
Servings: 4 burgers
Prep time: 40 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. medium frozen shrimp, thawed, shelled and deveined
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 poblano chile, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped shallot
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 15 grinds of cracked black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp.canola oil
  • burger rolls, split in half

Directions:

  1. Rough chop one half of the shrimp and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Place the remaining shrimp in a food processor and grind to a coarse puree. Add the egg, cilantro and garlic to food processor and process until smooth. Added the Panko and process to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture from the food processor to the large bowl with the chopped shrimp. Add the poblano, shallot, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Chill mixture for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 parts and form patties. I used a round cookie cutter about the size of the burger buns as a guide, packing the shrimp mixture into the cutter. To remove the cutter I ran a table knife around the inside of the ring and lifted the cutter. After all 4 patties are formed chill again for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. When hot add the patties and cook for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip the patties and cook for 2 minutes on the second side. Remove the patties and cover to keep warm.
  6. Wipe any excess oil from the pan and toast the burger buns.
  7. We served these with a bit of spicy mayo (see notes) and a few mixed salad greens on each burger.

Notes:
I have found that 1 pound of frozen shrimp, when thawed and patted dry, equals about 12 oz. of usable shrimp.

For spicy mayo mix 3 parts mayo to 1 part sriracha .

Popovers

Last March my husband and I spent a few days in Portsmouth, NH with no purpose other than explore a place close to home where we had never spent any significant time. While there we found a nice breakfast place named Popovers on the Square which had, among many other tasty things, really nice popovers.

[Popovers]

Christmas morning I woke up with a desire for some popovers. Luckily the ingredients are pretty basic, we own a popover pan and my go to cookbook, Joy of Cooking, has a simple recipe. So here is a simple treat for you to enjoy.

Recipe under the cut