28 October 2012

Buffalo Shrimp Won-ton Cups

My love affair with veggies is pretty apparent, [ya think!?] so it makes sense that one of the first questions I'm always asked is how my darling husband feels about vegetables.  "That poor man... is he absolutely starving to death?" "Are you forcing him to be a vegetarian?" "Do you let him have meat?"  That last one is my favorite.  Of COURSE I don't let my husband eat meat.  He eats his veggies or he gets the hose.

Hah! Kidding =)
I'm an excellent wife, I assure you.
I wash his jet-fuel soaked flight suits [and his underwear!] and make him these:

Buffalo Shrimp Won-ton Cups!
what's in it?
12 won-ton wrappers [like Nasoya]
24-36 large, raw shrimp, frozen or fresh
8 TBSP of cayenne pepper hot sauce [I used Frank's Red Hot]
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and dried parsley, to taste

toppings
2-4 TBSP minced red/purple onion
2-4 TBSP chopped green onion
2 TBSP crumbled feta cheese
ranch or blue cheese dressing, for drizzling

makes 12 bite-sized cups

serve alongside a leafy green salad w/ cucumber
gluten-free chefs: skip the won-ton wrappers serve the buffalo shrimp as a salad-topper!

My workout partner-in-crime [Hi Shauna!] was raving about the Buffalo Chicken Taquitos she made for dinner a few nights ago and I've been thinking about them ever since.  I didn't have buffalo sauce so I grabbed a bottle of hot sauce and made my own.  Turns out the one's you buy in the store are made with "Butter-Type Flavor" anyways.  No thanks.  Use real butter.

better-than-store-bought Buffalo Sauce
4 parts Frank's Red Hot sauce [example: 4 Tablespoons]

1 part melted butter [example: 1 Tablespoon]


Buffalo Shrimp Won-ton Cups!

get cooking!
You're going to freak over how fast this one is.


Preheat oven to 365 degrees Fahrenheit.  Defrost if using frozen, or do the "I-skipped-a-step!" happy dance if using fresh.  Grab your favorite pan and saute your shrimp in a little bit of oil or butter [about 1/2 teaspoon or so!], just enough so the shrimp glisten as they cook.  Season with 1/4 tsp garlic powder and a sprinkle or two of dried parsley.  Once the shrimp begin to sizzle, add your buffalo sauce and stir.   After just a few minutes of simmering shrimp will turn peachy-pink and opaque.  I yank mine from the stove-top just as they begin to turn, leaving them just slightly under-cooked.  They'll finish the cooking process in the oven!

Spritz your mini muffin pan with olive oil and line with won-ton wrappers to create cups. [click here for a visual]  Spray lightly with oil once more and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and spoon 2-3 shrimp into each won-ton cup.  Drizzle a little bit of the leftover buffalo sauce over each cup and bake for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Top with a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing and a small mountain of red onion, green onion, and crumbled feta and commence face stuffing.

Of course you get bonus points for serving them with a big fat salad. 

Big thanks to the pilot for passing on his dressing brilliance.  When he was in Afghanistan they put hot sauce on absolutely everything -- including salads!  Its a bit crazy how delicious this is.  Between the creamy ranch and the vinegary hot sauce it was pretty much swoon city up in here. 


Buffalo Shrimp Won-ton Cups!


They're best when enjoyed immediately  but if you're like me and serve friends/family before yourself, you get stuck with the cold ones.  25-30 seconds in the microwave or a few minutes in the oven/toaster oven will warm them right back up for ya.  This is precisely what I had to do during my second round of recipe testing when I decided to take no less than 200 photos of my food.  Please don't Baker Act me, I do this for you =)   And because I'm gloriously obsessive-compulsive.

so... how was it? 
The cool cucumber compliments the fiery sauce, while the green and red onion add fantastic flavor and crunch!  The sauce is spicy, but not painfully so and all the flavors of the dish hold their own against the heat.  Paired with a big veggie salad it makes a fabulously balanced lunch or dinner, or can stand alone as an appetizer or game-day snack!

Or just eat them in flour-covered yoga pants in the middle of your kitchen like I did the following morning.  I've made them twice already, and if P gets his way, you haven't seen the last of them yet!

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16 comments:

  1. Love this one!! And I love putting hot sauce and ranch on my salads, too. It's delicious!

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  2. Whatevs. You're clearly starving him.

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  3. I love this! Joey is already begging me to make them for him. And hot sauce on salad? I might want to hide that from him. Hot sauce is already on every other food he eats. I cannot let him drown the veggies too! And just so you know - I have checked your blog so many times within the past couple of days, just waiting for a new post. Glad it was this recipe! Oh, and we should totally have a car washing/cleaning out day. Maybe Halloween before we stuff our faces with some kind of yummy food, make pretty crafts, maybe watch something scary, and ignore little kids. =]

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  4. What an awesome idea!!! I like that there are only a few shrimp in each cup. I am weird about shrimp (which is ridick considering I'm from Charleston, SC!) so I can only handle a few at a time. This is pure perfection in my book!

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  5. DANG SISTER.
    you ARE wife of the year...

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  6. Just found your site and love it!! My name is Jennifer, my husband a helicopter pilot (former military-so I know all about the smelly jet fuel soaked flight suits), and a few years ago after our ferrets (Rocky and Beulah) passed, we had biological children... I strive to find new fun things to eat and feed my family and absolutely love your blog! Thanks!!! Genifurh@yahoo.com

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  7. That looks amazing. I know my husband - Navy vet - will love it. I am totally going to make this, but instead of Frank's, using my favorite, the One True Hot Sauce - Crystal.

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  8. HA! I call my boyfriend "Pilot" on my blog too....and that looks like a recipe he'd also enjoy. Thanks.

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  9. Oh my goodness, this looks awesome. I'm sure my bf would love these too. Any food with the word "buffalo" in front of it and he's in love.

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  10. OMG, I get the same comments about my Hubby...it's crazy. He looks great, but people assume he's starving. Now if only I can teach him how to cut an avocado like Paul.
    These look amazing and plenty filling!

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  11. My husband is going to love these! They look super delicious! :) You are amazing Jenn!

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  12. Just so you know, I'm pretty sure that PJ would love me {and you!} forever if I make him these! Thanks to you I think he may have a love affair with wonton cups...and I'm totally fine with that. ;)

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  13. How cute are these?! I love how they look and the colours, a great party idea!

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