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RICOTTA BACON FLATBREAD

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RICOTTA BACON FLATBREAD

We showed you how to make your own pizza dough... and now we show you what to do with it. You're gonna like this.

Makes 1 flatbread

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 quarter of the 3 minute pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ½ cup cooked bacon, crispy & crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup diced fresh tomatoes to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven 425 degrees
  • Sprinkle a little flour on working surface and roll out dough into approximately an 8x11 flatbread
  • Place on lightly oiled baking sheet pre-bake about 7 minutes
  • In a small bowl combine ricotta cheese and olive oil, mix well
  • Spread the ricotta on the pre-baked dough
  • Top with onions, bacon, red pepper flakes and salt to taste
  • Put back in oven and bake 5 more minutes
  • Remove, top with tomatoes and serve
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Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

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Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Who say s a little soup & sandwich can't be an appetizer? A note I said a 'little.' And whether you make it little or big, you should make this combo because it's silly good.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano, recommended)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 slices bread
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 slices Kraft American cheese

DIRECTIONS FOR SOUP

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan, add half the onion and cook until softened 
  2. Put in garlic and stir until fragrant, then add tomatoes, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes and oregano, mix well and simmer 5 – 10 minutes
  3. Use a blender or immersion blender to puree soup - keep warm

DIRECTIONS FOR SANDWICH

  1. Heat oil in a medium non-stick pan, add remaining onions and cook until lightly caramelized
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl mix butter and garlic, heat in microwave until butter melts, set aside
  3. To one slice of bread add onions, both cheeses and top with 2nd slice of bread
  4. Spread some garlic/butter on one side of the sandwich, then cook that side face down in a non-stick pan until golden brown
  5. Butter top side, flip and continue cooking until the bottom is golden as well
  6. Serve with soup

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Udon with Shrimp

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Udon with Shrimp

Yes, I make a lot of Asian food. And so should you cuzit’sway better for you than fast food and certainly much faster.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ pound peeled, deveined shrimp (31-40 size)
  • 2 small bunches baby bok choy
  • 1 package udon noodles – frozen noodles work too
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable/canola oil
  • Sesame seeds to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine oyster sauce, soy and sesame oil in a small bowl – mix well
  2. Add half the sauce to the shrimp and let marinate
  3. Prepare bok choy-cut the ends to separate individual leaves
  4. Cooking noodles according to package directions – adding bokchoy after about a minute
  5. Heat a pan or wok over medium/high, add oil and marinated shrimp, cook until done - about 3 minutes
  6. Drain noodles & bokchoy, put back in pot and mix with remaining sauce
  7. Place the noodles/bok choy in a bowl and top with shrimp, garnish with sesame seeds
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Joe’s Special

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Joe’s Special

I know eggs, ground beef and spinach may not sound like a winner, but his old-school San Fran restaurant item is ridiculous. And by ridiculous I mean effing great.

Makes 1-2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white onion, diced
  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces cooked chopped spinach (squeeze out liquid)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • Baguette or any bread of your choice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over low to medium heat, add onions and cook until soften about 5 minutes
  2. Add the beef, breaking it up along the way
  3. Just when beef is almost done, add the garlic, cook until fragrant
  4. Add the spinach and mix in well, season with salt and pepper
  5. Add the eggs to the pan, cook slowly, stirring often making sure the eggs don’t stick to the pan
  6. When the eggs are about halfway done, mix in parmesan and continue stirring until eggs are cooked though but still creamy
  7. Serve with baguette.
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FINLANDIA GINGER SCALLOPS

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FINLANDIA GINGER SCALLOPS

Butter, scallops & ginger - this is truly a magical combination.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons Finlandia butter*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large fresh scallops, about 12
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine butter, ginger and green onion in a small bowl – mix well and set aside
  2. Lightly oil room temperature scallops and season with salt, pepper and put in a hot non-stick pan
  3. When scallops are golden brown on bottom – after about a minute and a half, flip over and add the butter
  4. While they cook on the second side, baste the scallops with the melting butter – and when done…
  5. Plate on top of rice and drizzle with more of the butte.

*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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Finlandia Black Garlic Flatbread

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Finlandia Black Garlic Flatbread

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be adapted to any flatbread, pizza or even sliced loaf of bread – like a baguette. Because once you know how much to spread on, you can do it with anything. 

Serves: 2-4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Spread about a 1/8 inch layer of the Finlandia Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese on the flatbread
  3. Add a thin layer of the pesto on top of that
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of the red pepper flakes on top, and finish with a light sprinkling of the shredded Parmesan
  5. Bake until beginning to get golden brown – 15-20 minutes
  6. Remove, slice and serve
  7. Repeat

*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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Cornbread Waffles with Bacon

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Cornbread Waffles with Bacon

Don't own a waffle iron? Borrow one - you'll be glad you did.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8.5 oz bix of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced, cooked crispy bacon
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced green chilies

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl - mix well
  3. Spray both sides of waffle iron with non-stick spray, add batter and close
  4. Cook until done, add butter to the top if you want (and why wouldn’t you) then eat.

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Butter Potatoes

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Butter Potatoes

The simple potato is pretty darn good by itself. But, when some delicious Finlandia butter* is added… look out. 

Serves: 3-4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound small new potatoes
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Finlandia butter*, softened
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh thyme

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water and add 1 tablespoon of salt
  2. Bring to a boil, lower the heat slightly and cook until potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork – about 15 minutes then drain well – set aside
  3. Melt butter in a heavy pan, add potatoes and toss carefully making sure potatoes are covered with butter
  4. Season with salt, pepper and add thyme – mix through 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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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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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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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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HOISIN SRIRACHA WINGS

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HOISIN SRIRACHA WINGS

These are deliciously sweet with a little kick, you can dial up the heat a little more just add more Sriracha.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 dozen chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • big pinch Kosher salt
  • 2 big garlic cloves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 425
  2. Mix all ingredients, everything but chicken
  3. Coat chicken with 3/4 of the sauce
  4. Cook on lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, flip, brush with a little sauce, cook for 15 minutes
  5. Flip again, brush with the remaining sauce and cook another 5 minutes

 

TO GRILL

    Pre-heat medium grill. Cook plain wings, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes. Baste generously with sauce and grill for 5 minutes.

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