On "The Early Show" Monday, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, a paid spokesperson for Ritz crackers, shared recipes for some great appetizers perfect for bashes of all sizes. We're talking "Big Island Pork Bites" and "Bacon-Wrapped Prawns," among others!
Ritz Cheese Steak Sliders
prep time: 25 min. total time: 1 hour 5 MIN. Makes: 48 servings
1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
1 pound trimmed thin-cut boneless beef rib-eye steak
1/2 teaspoon each granulated garlic, chili powder and dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon each white pepper and cayenne
4 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 cup sweet onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 cup red bell pepper, cut in julienne strips, 1" long
1/2 cup each yellow bell pepper and Anaheim chile, cut in julienne strips, 1" long
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package (8 oz.) Kraft Deli Leluxe
Process Jalapeño American Cheese Slices
How To Make It:
In a small sauce pan, bring 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar to a boil, then simmer gently over low heat 40 minutes until reduced to 1/3 cup.
CUT meat across the grain into 1/4" thick slices, then julienne to 1" long pieces. In a large bowl, combine dry spices. Add steak pieces; toss to evenly coat. Set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell
peppers and Anaheim chile and sauté 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1-2
minutes. Remove to a plate. Heat remaining oil in same skillet. Add steak and cook 2 minutes until
done, stirring frequently. Add the 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and the Worcestershire sauce, stir to
combine. Add the vegetables and cook until heated through. Drain excess liquid.
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Cut each cheese slice into 6 pieces. Place 1 piece on each of 48 crackers,
then top with approximately 1 tablespoon of the steak mixture. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for
5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Place on serving plate and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Top each with a second cracker.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 90 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 160mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 3g protein.
Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Chipotle BBQ Sauce
12 ounces bacon
20 each medium-large shrimp, (21-25 count),11/15 shelled, de-veined, about 1 pound
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons chipotle en adobo
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly black pepper
5 to 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
1. Cook bacon in a skillet until about halfway done. Drain and cool on paper towel. Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp, and skewer with bamboo through the point where bacon ends meet, to keep from unraveling. Skewer 3 to 5 shrimp per bamboo.
2. Puree remaining ingredients in blender. Set aside half the sauce for dipping.
3.Preheat a grill, grill pan, or broiler. Cook shrimp over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes. When shrimp begin to turn pink, begin basting with chipotle sauce. Flip, baste again, and until just cooked through, about 4 minutes more. Serve with extra sauce for dipping.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Inactive time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 9-11 minutes
Ease of Preparation: easy
Big Island Pork Bites
Prep time: 20 min. total time: 40 MIN. Makes: 36 servings
What you Need:
6 tablespoon canola oil, divided
3/4 cup onion, fine dice
1/3 cup red bell pepper, fine dice
2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger root, minced
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup green onions, minced
1 pound ground pork
1 1/2 tablespoon. each oyster sauce and hoisin sauce
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic sambal (chili-garlic sauce)
36 Ritz crackers
How To Make It:
In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 3 tablespoon oil. Add the onions and red bell peppers. Sauté 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, ginger and red chili flakes and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove to a plate. Let stand 10 minutes; stir in green onions. Drain off liquid.
In a large bowl, combine ground pork, oyster sauce, hoisin, soy, garlic sambal and egg. Add the vegetable mixture and the cracker crumbs; stir. (Mixture should be well combined and not sticky.)
FORM into 36 patties, about 1/2" thick and 1 3/4" in diameter. (Think the size of a Ritz Cracker.) Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to cook.
IN same skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add patties in batches. Cook 3 minutes. When golden on bottom, turn and cook over low heat until done. Alternatively, after browning cook in a 250°F oven on a baking sheet fitted with a rack 5 minutes or until done.
PLACE 1/2 teaspoon of the Ginger Aioli on each whole cracker, top with a patty, then about 1 tsp. of the Pineapple Savoy Slaw and a light sprinkle of the sesame seeds.
SUBSTITUTE: Prepare using 1 pound ground turkey breast.
Pineapple Savoy Slaw
WHAT YOU NEED
3/4 cup savoy cabbage, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, fine dice
1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple (about 1/2 of 8-ounce can), 1 teaspoon juice reserved
1 tablespoon red onion, fine dice
1 tablespoon each mirin and rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh jalapeños, minced
In a non-metal bowl, combine all ingredients.
Press down the slaw, cover and refrigerate,
30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup Kraft Real Mayo Mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon each minced gingerroot, green onions and rice wine vinegar.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Ritz Asian Shrimp Toppers
Prep time: 20 min. total time: 20 MIN. Makes: 18 servings
What you Need:
2 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 cup each green onions and red bell pepper, fine dice
1 teaspoon serrano pepper, seeds removed, minced
1 tablespoon each garlic and ginger root, minced
8 ounce peeled, deveined shrimp, fine dice
3 tablespoon cilantro, minced
2 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 cup Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Kraft Real Mayo mayonnaise
1 3/4 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
18 Ritz Crackers
How To Make:
In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add green onions, red bell peppers and serrano pepper, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the shrimp and cook 4-5 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through. Add the cilantro and lime juice; stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise and Sriracha with a mixer until thoroughly combined.
SPREAD 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each cracker; top with about 1 heaping tsp. of the shrimp mixture.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 60 calories, 4.5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 90mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 3g protein.
Italian Stuffed Jalapenos
15 Jalapenos, preferably red, cut in half, seeded and deveined
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, mild
12 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Reggiano parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup red onions, minced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
Pre heat oven to 300°F, and place jalapenos on a sheet tray and roast for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool.
In a medium sauté pan over medium high heat, add oil and when hot, add onions and peppers and sauté until onions just become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, cook one minute more. Remove vegetables to bowl and add sausage to pan, cook 6-8 minutes or until done, breaking large pieces apart as it cooks. Drain fat from pan and place sausage in bowl with vegetables.
Let all hot ingredients cool to room temperature, fold in cream cheese, and parmesan, mix ingredients thoroughly.
Place approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture into half of jalapeno, and top with 1/2 teaspoon of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 teaspoon panko bread crumbs.
Place sheet try of stuffed peppers in oven and bake at 300°F for 5-8 minutes or until mozzarella cheese melts and panko crisps and is light golden in color.
Yield: 30 pieces
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
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