Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Coconut Shrimp

You can divide the world into those that like coconut and those that do not. I think that for some people it is really more the consistency than the taste that they find unpleasant.  For others it is the cloying sweetness that turns them off.  By frying the shrimp and using unsweetened coconut, plus adding in a little heat, these obstacles are removed.  If people still don’t like it, more for us.

Servings: 4-6
Time:  Prep: 10 minutes   Cooking:  10 minutes
Hardware:  A cutting board and knife, measuring spoons and cups, 3 shallow bowls, a fork, a whisk, a paper towel covered plate, a deep skillet, and a skimmer (or a slotted spoon)

  • 1 pound cleaned 21-30 shrimp
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil for frying
  • pineapple jalapeño dipping sauce
  1. Clean the shrimp leaving the tails intact. Sprinkle the shrimp with the salt and peppers.
  2. Put the flour in the first bowl. In the second bowl whisk the eggs.  In the last bowl, toss together the panko and coconut.
  3. Fill the pan up half way with oil. Heat the oil on medium high.
  4. Dip the shrimp into the flour and shake to remove the excess.  Dip the floured shrimp into the egg and then press it into the coconut to make sure it is covered. 
  5. Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.  Don’t crowd the shrimp.  You may need to cook it in batches.
  6. Remove the shrimp to the plate.  You can keep it warm in the oven on the lowest setting, while finishing up.
  7. Serve with pineapple jalapeño dipping sauce.

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