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Turkey Chili Enchiladas

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Turkey Chili Enchiladas

Makes 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup chili 
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl, set aside
  2. Pour 1/2 the whipping cream in the bottom of a 9x13-baking dish
  3. Pour chicken broth in bowl and one by one submerge each tortilla
  4. Place approximately 1/8 turkey mixture in the center of each moistened tortilla and roll up
  5. Place all 8 side by side in dish seam down in baking dish, sprinkle with Monterey jack cheese and pour remaining whipping cream over top
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and gorgeous

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Chili Cheese Omelet

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Chili Cheese Omelet

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 oz can of chili, heated
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 slice Kraft American cheese (you can use any kind you like, but this kinda makes it)
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat the eggs well in a bowl
  2. Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat, and add eggs.
  3. If making a true omelet, allow the eggs to set - add chili to one half, cover with cheese and flip side with no chili over making a half moon - cook to desired doneness (which for me is not too dry)
  4. Put on a plate, add a little more chili and garnish with green onions

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Chili Cheese Waffle

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Chili Cheese Waffle

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8.5 oz box Jiffy Corn Muffin mix  
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 1 15 oz can of chili, heated
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Combine muffin mix, egg, milk, oil and sugar in a large bowl - mix well
  3. Spray both sides of waffle iron with non-stick spray, add batter, cook until done
  4. Place on plate, spread lightly with butter, add chili, top with cheddar cheese and sour cream

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Spicy Honey Shrimp

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Spicy Honey Shrimp

Spice…honey & shrimp. Three of my favorite things all in one recipe. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook onions, red pepper and green onions in a tablespoon of oil in a hot wok or pan until starting to soften - about 3 minutes
  2. While it cooks, combine honey, soy and chili sauce in a small bowl - mix well and set aside
  3. Add ginger and garlic to vegetables and stir through for about a minute - remove vegetables to a plate
  4. Put pan back on the heat, allow to get very hot, add a little more oil and then add shrimp - cook about 2 minutes or just until they’re almost done
  5. Add vegetables and sauce - stir through to heat everything and let sauce thicken a bit
  6. Serve on rice, noodles or just eat right of the pan.

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Pork Chow Mein

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Pork Chow Mein

Get ready for the Chinese New Year with these great noodles - and the quick little black bean sauce makes this ridiculous.

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ pound boneless pork (tenderloin or country style ribs work great), thinly sliced 
  • ½ tablespoon of neutral oil*
  • *(unflavored oils such as canola, vegetable or peanut)
  • ¼ pound sugar snap peas sliced diagonally
  • ½ pound shitake mushrooms
  • 4 oz chow mein noodles, cooked
  • green onions, chopped to garnish

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine black bean and soy sauce, set aside
  2. Heat sautéed pan on medium-high, add oil and pork and cook cooked until pork is just done, about 4 minutes ­ - remove pork mixture to a bowl
  3. In same pan, heat to high and add a little more oil
  4. Add peas and stir fry until crisp tender, about 3 minutes then add to pork mixture
  5. Return pan to heat again, add more oil and the shitakes, cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  6. Turn heat up to high, add the pork mixture and then the add soy/black bean - stir until heated through
  7. Add chow mein noodles, combine well, plate and garnish with green onions
  8. Serve

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Finlandia Napoleons

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Finlandia Napoleons

Wait till you see how easy and crazy delicious these are. Made with #Finlandia Creamy Gourmet Cheese.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • Finlandia Sweet Lemon Creamy Gourmet Cheese*
  • Raspberry jam
  • Powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Roll out a defrosted sheet of puff pastry to make it approximately 30% larger, and poke all over with a fork 

  3. Then cut into 2” x 3” rectangles, place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown,15-20 minutes - remove and let cool
  4. Using Finlandia Sweet Lemon Creamy Gourmet Cheese spread a 1/8” inch layer on one rectangle, top with another rectangle, add another layer of cheese and finally a layer of raspberry jam – 
  5. To serve, add a final dusting of powdered sugar.

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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Wings with Curry Sauce

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Wings with Curry Sauce

When it comes to curry, I’m like the little old lady in the Frank’s commercial – I put that shit on everything.

INGREDIENTS

  • 18 chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour 
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal Chili Paste or Sriracha
  • Kosher salt
  • cilantro or diced green onion for garnish 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat broiler
  2. Place wings on a foil lined baking sheet and broil until done, 10 - 15 minutes a side
  3. While they're cooking, melt butter in a small pot over medium/low heat
  4. When it’s melted, add flour and curry powder – stir well, mix together about a minute 
  5. Pour in both milks – stirring well with a whisk until it begins to thicken
  6. Add chili sauce, season with salt and stir well – keep warm
  7. Remove wings from oven, put in a large bowl and toss with as much curry sauce as you like
  8. Plate and garnish with cilantro or green onions
  9. Serve
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Scallop Pan Roast

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Scallop Pan Roast

These remind me one of my favorite restaurants - the Oyster Bar at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. Btw, I said favorite restaurant, not hotel.  This is the place where OJ was arrested.

Serves 2 generously

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Sea Scallops defrosted or fresh
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 cup clam juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 tablespoon Tabasco (I used Cholula) 
  • small pinch Kosher salt
  • parsley for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a deep skillet on low/medium heat melt the butter
  2. Then, EXCEPT for the scallops, whipped cream and parsley.. add all the remaining ingredients, simmer for 3-4 minutes
  3. Pat the scallops dry
  4. Add the cream and scallops to the skillet, simmer for 3 minutes
  5. Serve on a bed of steamed white rice, garnish with parsley enjoy! 
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PASTA 2 WAYS

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PASTA 2 WAYS

Plain pasta for kids is made even better with Finlandia butter.  And for the bigger kids, try this version with Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese & vermouth. 


NOODLES WITH FINLANDIA CLASSIC CREAMY GOURMET CHEESE

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz pasta: spaghetti, fettuccini, linguini – whatever your fav is
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese*
  • 1 oz vermouth
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Parsley for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally until done, about 8 minutes
  2. While they cook, melt Finlandia butter* with Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese* in a small pot until mixed, then add parmesan and vermouth- stir until smooth
  3. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Drain noodles and toss with the sauce, and a sprinkle of parsley. Serve.

Plain Butter Noodles
 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz pasta: spaghetti, fettuccini, linguini – whatever your fav is
  • 1/3 cup Finlandia butter*
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally until done, about 8 minutes
  2. Drain, return to pot and immediately add butter, salt and pepper
  3. If using Parmesan, add it now
  4. Mix well and serve

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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Fry Sauce

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Fry Sauce

Meant for dipping and not frying. Serve with fries for dipping…or put on a burger…or on a hotdog…or in a sandwich…or in egg salad…or tuna salad, or on a brisket grilled cheese. Ok, basically everywhere.

Makes 3/4 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula hot sauce (or whatever kind you like)
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 regular size dill pickle, diced very small
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine
  2. Store in fridge a couple weeks

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Cheese Stuffed Bread

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Cheese Stuffed Bread

If I could marry a food – it would be this one. Bread, Finlandia butter & cheese and green onions? A match made in cheese/butter heaven...

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Score the loaf crosswise and lengthwise into 1 inch squares, cutting almost through to the bottom, but leaving it intact
  3. In a small bowl put both cheeses and green onions – mix well and stuff mixture in between all of the cuts (some of it coming out of the top is just fine)
  4. Melt butter in the microwave or a small pot – and add Dijon, oregano and salt & pepper – mix really well and drizzle evenly over the bread, especially over the cuts
  5. Wrap loaf in a couple layers of aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven and remove foil to expose the top of the bread
  7. Turn oven to broil and put back in the oven and cook until lightly brown, and the cheese is bubbly
  8. Remove, maybe wait a minute to let it cool and then go nuts eating it

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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Steamed Artichokes

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Steamed Artichokes

Weird looking? Yes. Simple to cook? Yes.  Delicious? Oh hell yes!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 or 3 artichokes, approximately 1 for every 2 people
  • ½ stick Finlandia butter*
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the stem off the bottom of each artichoke so it will sit flat, and about 1 inch off the top of each
  2. Then cut the point off each leaf (to keep you & your guests from getting poked)
  3. Place artichokes in large steamer with about 3 inches of water below, cover with a lid and steam about 45 minutes, or until you can pull off a leaf off easily
  4. While it cooks, melt Finlandia butter in a small pot with a minced clove of garlic, some lemon juice and a sprig of thyme
  5. Put artichokes on a serving plate with a bowl of the dipping butter beside.

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*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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Salmon Soup

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Salmon Soup

A Finnish classic – that you MUST make. 

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 small leeks, cleans and sliced thin– but just the white & light green parts 
  • 2 tablespoons Finlandia butter*
  • 5 cups fish stock, chicken or vegetable stock will work but try to find fish stock if you can
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, sliced crosswise into ¼ inch slices
  • 3 small carrots, sliced crosswise into1/4 inch slices
  • 1 pound fresh salmon, no skin and bones removed cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the leeks in butter over medium heat in a pot until just softened – about 5 minutes
  2. Add the stock, potatoes, carrots and bring to a boil 
  3. Let cook 10-12 minutes or until vegetables have softened
  4. Then add the cream and salmon and cook about 5 minutes more or until salmon is firm – try not to let it boil
  5. Turn off the heat, add the dill, stir well and season to taste with salt and pepper
  6. Cover with a lid and let sit 5 or so more minutes and serve (with some delicious dark bread like they would in Finland).

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Lemon Butter Sauce

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Lemon Butter Sauce

Makes about 1/3 cup
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes

Really... do you need to hear anything more than just lemon & butter? 
I think not – though if you did, shallots & parsley are the rest of it. 

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped
  • ¼ stick cold Finlandia butter*, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Warm a small pan over medium-high heat and add lemon juice and shallot
  2. Cook until reduced by approximately ½, then add butter 
  3. Slowly swirl butter into the mixture until thickened, season with salt and add parsley
  4. Stir to mix and serve

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Herbed Butter Chicken

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Herbed Butter Chicken

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I know what you're thinking, and if you thinking buttery, delicious and amazing… you're right. If that's not what you're thinking, maybe you should try this first.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup Finlandia butter*, room temperature
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley, 4 tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to high
  2. Put butter, parsley & black pepper in a small bowl and mix well to combine – set aside
  3. Place chicken breasts one at a time into a zip lock bag, add a little olive oil to each side and close bag
  4. Using something heavy like a bottle of olive oil or vodka (my favorite btw) pound them carefully to an even thickness - approx 1/2'' thick
  5. Remove from bag, season each breast well with Kosher salt and put on hot grill
  6. Place chicken on the heated grill, cook approximately 3 minutes then turn 45 degrees to create cross hatch marks – cook another 2 minutes
  7. Flip chicken over and spread another tablespoon of butter mixture on each breast
  8. Cook until bottom is just cooked, then flip and give the top side a coating of butter
  9. Take chicken off grill, brush with softened butter one last time and serve – in a sandwich, sliced on some pasta or use on a salad.

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Mexican Lasagna

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Mexican Lasagna

I made this one night after using a box of lasagna noodles I had dropped - gotta say it's much easier than dealing with the whole noodles. Either make it an oven proof pan, or make it then put into an oven safe casserole dish for baking. 

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb lasagna noodles, broken into 2 inch-ish pieces
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pack fajita seasoning, about 1.3 ounces
  • 15oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Break the lasagna noodles into 1 to 2” pieces and cook until done
  3. Brown ground beef in cast iron pan or oven proof skillet until about halfway done, then add onions and garlic – cook until beef is fully cooked and vegetables softened - drain any excess fat
  4. Put back on heat and add fajita seasoning – start with about half the pack, mix well and taste - I generally use most of the pack
  5. Then stir in tomatoes, drained noodles and 1 cup of the cheese
  6. Combine everything well, and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  7. Simmer about 5 minutes, top with remaining cheese and put into the oven, or put into a casserole dish - then bake until bubbly and the top is beginning to brown - 20-30 minutes
  8. Remove and serve, garnished cilantro.
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Grilled Vegetables

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Grilled Vegetables

Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Grilled veggies - good.  Grilled veggies with herb butter – tremendous.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 red peppers, cored and cut into 2 inch slices
  • 2 yellow peppers, cored and cut into 2 inch slices
  • 1 red onion cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 pound asparagus, thick ends removed
  • ½ cup Finlandia butter*, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each fresh thyme, rosemary and parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • Salt & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to medium high
  2. Combine butter, mustard, herbs, garlic & salt and pepper in a small pot, and stir over medium until melted and well blended – keep warm
  3. Grill vegetables, brushing with herb butter until done – being sure to baste once more before serving.

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Garlic Bread

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Garlic Bread

Makes one loaf – and a damn good one at that
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

There’s good garlic bread and then ridiculously great garlic bread.  Give you one guess which one this is…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Finlandia butter*, room temperature
  • 1 bunch Italian Parsley Just the top, no stems) finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, white & light green parts only, finely chopped
  • 2 big cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 sour dough loaf, sliced lengthwise

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat Broiler
  2. Mix all ingredients except bread in a bowl
  3. Spread mixture on each side of cut loaf
  4. Place on baking sheet and place about 8 inches until broiler rods
  5. Cook until bread is beautifully golden brown and bubbly
  6. Slice into 2 inch pieces and serve

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Herb Garlic Butter

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Herb Garlic Butter

Makes: 1/3 cup, approx.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time:  5minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed herbs – parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary etc
  • ½ stick Finlandia butter*, softened
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • Pinch Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl, and mix really well to combine
  2. Put mixture in the middle of a large piece of wax paper and roll into a tube and twist ends to make tight
  3. You could use right away, or refrigerate for up to a month or freeze for up to 3

* Finlandia butter is available at Vons, Albertsons, Safeway and Costco.

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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

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FRESH SPRING ROLLS

Perfect food for when it is 800 degrees outside (San Diego summertime).

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 rice wrappers (approx 8 inch diameter)
  • 1 cup poached shrimp, chilled, shells and tails removed, sliced lengthways
  • 1 cup my Black Bean Salmon  recipe, chilled
  • 1 cup shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup matchstick red pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • big handful of lettuce leaves

SAUCE

  • hoisin sauce
  • Chili Garlic sauce (Huy Fong brand, the same people that make Sriracha)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prep everything
  2. Mix Sauce: 3 parts Hoisin to 1 part Chili Garlic sauce, set aside  
  3. Fill large bowl with warm water
  4. One at a time, place 1 rice paper in water for 15 seconds
  5. Place flat on clean kitchen cloth
  6. Layer a strip of each ingredient, on top of each other, then roll it up like a mini buritto  
  7. Repeat until you have used up all the ingredients
  8. Serve with sauce, dip and enjoy! 
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