Monday, March 9, 2009

Chinese Feast with Friends

There's nothing I love more than having friends over for a dinner. So what started out as a gentle dinner party quickly turned into quite the group- and I loved it! It was definitely an interesting mix of people, which led to a night of good food and good conversation.

Crab Wontons
1 gallon vegetable oil
24 wonton wrappers

Flour for dusting

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

8 ounces flaked crab meat

1/2 red
bell pepper, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oi
l in a large pot until it's 350 degrees. Lay wonton wrappers out on wax paper dusted with flour. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Place a tablespoon of mixture on each skin. Brush water around the edges of the wonton skins and then press together to seal. Cook wontons in batches about 2 minutes, making sure to turn so each side cooks evenly. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Fried Rice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 red onion, minced

1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded and minced

1 green pepper, halved, seeded and minced

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 cup peas

3 cup c
ooked broccoli florets
5 cups cooked rice, cold

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup soy sauce, plus more as needed

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok on medium high heat. Saute garlic and onion for 2 minutes. Add in peppers and carrots and cook another 2 or 3 minutes. Add peas and broccoli and cook another minute. Stir in rice and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Make a well in the middle of the skillet and pour in egg, letting cook for 2 minutes. Stir together and add soy sauce. Enjoy!

Chili Shrimp

2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided

1 tablespoon hot chili paste

1 tablespoon szechuan chili sauce

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Place shrimp in a large bowl. Combine 1/4 cup oil and remaining ingredients and toss with shrimp. Let marinate in the fridge for 2 hours. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and warm remaining 1/4 cup oil. Saute shrimp about 4 minutes until curling. Serve immediately.

Ginger Beef

3 pounds top sirloin, cut into 1 inch strips

2 inches ginger, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided

1/4 cup soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine beef, ginger, garlic, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, soy sauce and salt and pepper. Marinate for at least 2 hours. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat with remaining oil. Cook about 4 minutes until browned on each side.

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