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