Spicy Miso Shrimp

Spicy Miso Shrimp

Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.

Dad will love these Spicy Miso Shrimp! They are so simple to make and are laced with garlic, ginger and that wonderful umami flavour that miso brings. They’re the perfect nibble between sips of cold beer on a day that’s meant for him.

Ingredients for Spicy Miso Shrimp on a dark wooden board.
Raw shrimp piled high in a small metal dish in preparation for Spicy Miso Shrimp.

What is miso?

In the simplest term, miso is a fermented soybean paste. Along with the soybeans, the type of miso is dependent on the other ingredients and the fermentation process used. Although miso is generally made from soybeans it can also be made from a combination of other ingredients such as rice, barley, rye and even chickpeas these days. Miso is generally available in white, red or mixed with red being darker and heavier in flavour. Miso is great in soups, sauces and marinades to name a few.

Here is a great post from The Spruce Eats on miso and some of its great uses.

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Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.

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Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.
Spicy Miso Shrimp
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 minutes
Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.
Spicy Miso Shrimp
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and set aside in a medium bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients except for canola oil. Toss shrimp with paste.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once hot add shrimp and cook in a single layer. Cook for about 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until the paste starts to caramelize and stick to the shrimp.
  3. Remove shrimp to a serving plate and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro if desired. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If the shrimp are too crowded in the pan they will not brown in the time it takes to cook them.  They only take minutes to cook, so cook in two batches if you do not have a large enough skillet.  Wipe out skillet between batches.

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Mushroom Gruyere Tart

Mushroom Gruyere Tart

Need another meatless option for Lent? This recipe can easily be made without the bacon. Or perhaps you’re looking for an elevated appetizer for Easter, or you simply want a wonderful make-ahead option for other entertaining occasions. This gorgeous Mushroom Gruyere Tart has you covered.  Meaty mushrooms are smothered with cream cheese and herbs, topped with gruyere and baked in a puff pastry shell. 

It’s a simple yet elegant pastry to add to your table whether as a main course item or appetizer. I quite like it for lunch served with a green salad. It’s one of my personal favourites because it uses everyday ingredients, is easy to prepare and can be made in advance and baked fresh when you’re ready.  It smells amazing when baking and the combination of crispy puff pastry and creamy mushrooms is oh so drool worthy. 

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Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2-3 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2-3 minutes
    A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
    Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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      Servings Prep Time
      8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2-3 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2-3 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: appetizer wedges
      Instructions
      1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. If using bacon, add to skillet and cook until crisp and fat has rendered. Scoop out the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but a tablespoon of fat.
      2. If not using bacon, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
      3. Add shallot and garlic and sauté, stirring often until starting to soften about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until most of the moisture has cooked out about 8-10 minutes.
      4. Add wine, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until wine has cooked out about 3 minutes.
      5. Stir in cream cheese, 1/2 cup of gruyere and bacon (if using).
      6. Preheat oven to 425℉ and lightly spray a 4 3/4"- 5 3/4" x 14" tart pan with removable bottom. Fit puff pastry into tart pan and trim the top so it is level with the pan. You will need to cut the puff pastry sheet in two pieces to make it fit.
      7. Spread filling evenly into pastry shell and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of grated gruyere. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and filling is bubbly.
      8. Allow tart to rest for a couple of minutes prior to removing the outer pan. Cut into wedges, garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      The tart can be assembled up to a day in advance and kept covered and chilled until ready to bake.

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      Chili Tortilla Roll Ups

      Chili Tortilla Roll Ups

      Do you love crispy finger food?

      I do!  Chili Tortilla Rolls are perfect for any game day being crispy, cheesy and hearty enough for a gathering of game day fans.  

      These tasty rolls can be made up ahead of time and cooked when you need them for a nice crisp exterior.  Once assembled they also freeze well and will keep in a sealed container for up to a month.  They’re also a great way to use up leftover chili that you might have.  I have included a thick chili to use for these rolls, but any hearty chili can be used. 

      Served with the little extras like guacamole, sour cream and salsa makes them a game day hit. 

      Looking for other finger food snacks?

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      Chili Tortilla Roll Ups
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        Servings
        20 rolls
        Servings
        20 rolls
        Chili Tortilla Roll Ups
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          Servings
          20 rolls
          Servings
          20 rolls
          Ingredients
          Servings: rolls
          Instructions
          1. In a medium pot or dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and green pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powders and cumin and continue to cook for 1 minute.
          2. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned, stirring occasionally and breaking apart the chunks.
          3. Stir in remaining ingredients and allow to simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes to meld falvours. Chili should be relatively thick, but add a tablespoon or two of water if needed.
          4. Place one tortilla shell on a flat surface and spread with approximately 3 tbsp of chili leaving a 1" border around. Top with 1 tbsp of cheese. Moisten the top inch of the tortilla with water. Starting from the bottom, roll tortilla shell up a third of the way. Fold in sides 1 1-1/2" and continue to roll forward, enclosing all the chili in a tubular shape.
          5. Continue with remaining shells, chili and cheese until all have been rolled.
          6. Using a 2" skillet or shallow pot, add enough canola oil to come up 1". Heat over medium until hot. Place about 6 chili rolls in hot oil with seam side down (don't overcrowd). Cook for about 2 minutes until golden. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil. Cut in half diagonally and serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream if desired.

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          Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard

          Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard

          Whether it’s Grey Cup, Super Bowl or simply having pals over to watch fight night, Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard are a man’s dream snack, aside from chicken wings of course. It’s pretty hard not to like battered and fried meat on a stick.  They’re fun and easy to make, and crazy good to eat. 

          Let me start by saying, these aren’t your typical mini corn dog.  They’re made with cocktail sausages which gives them a meatier texture and better flavour than a regular hot dog.  The cocktail sausages that I used were a double smoked and triple cheese flavour.  Both amazing wrapped up in a cornmeal batter.  I also like the cocktail sausage because they’re a perfect size at 2” long, so there’s no cutting required and it makes them a great two-bite appetizer. 

          The creamy honey mustard sauce has a subtle tang and a hint of sweetness.  So good, crispy and warm right out of the hot oil and dunked in sauce. No special equipment needed either, just a pot and a thermometer.  I own a deep fryer that has a removable basin for easy clean up, but in reality, nothing cleans up easier than a single pot.  So there’s really no excuse not to make these yummy Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard.  So go on and get your pals over, because this recipe makes about 48 and you’ll want to share.  Enjoy!

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          Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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            Servings Prep Time
            48 pieces 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-40 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            48 pieces 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-40 minutes
            Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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              Servings Prep Time
              48 pieces 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-40 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              48 pieces 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-40 minutes
              Ingredients
              Cornmeal Sausages
              Creamy Honey Mustard
              Servings: pieces
              Instructions
              Creamy Honey Mustard
              1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
              Cornmeal Sausages
              1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
              2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
              3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
              4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
              Recipe Notes

              -use a deep fryer if desired.

              -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

              -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

              -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.

              Tomato Confit

              Tomato Confit

              Slow roasted, jammy and infused with garlic and herbs, Tomato Confit is delightful on crostini.  It’s my personal favourite way to enjoy it.  I find the subtly sweet tomatoes to be the perfect match with soft tart cheese, in this case, goat cheese.  The copious amount of olive oil, along with a long slow roast makes it all luscious together and a great addition to pasta, fish and vegetables.  

              Thanks to Nigel Slater for this lovely recipe that I found in a copy of The Guardian.  I’ve made the recipe pretty much as written, other than being in my own words.  Sometimes things don’t need to be messed with.  The beauty of this Tomato Confit is its simplicity, and how only a few ingredients can be transformed into a versatile delight. It is concentrated goodness in a jar, and handy to have on hand. It will keep for a solid week in the refrigerator, giving you numerous possibilities for snacks and meals throughout the week. 

              Recipe source for Tomato Confit: Nigel Slater’s Tomato Confit

              Tomato Confit
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                Servings Prep Time
                3 cups 45-50 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                3 hours 1 hour
                Servings Prep Time
                3 cups 45-50 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                3 hours 1 hour
                Tomato Confit
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  3 cups 45-50 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  3 hours 1 hour
                  Servings Prep Time
                  3 cups 45-50 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  3 hours 1 hour
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 260℉.
                  2. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer. Wash and core large tomatoes. Cut a small X through the skin on the bottom of each tomato. Plunge tomatoes into simmering water and allow to sit for 40-60 seconds (you will start to see the skins slough off). Remove tomatoes to a cold water bath to stop the cooking. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Peel skins off tomatoes by grabbing the flaps of the cut X.
                  3. Cut large tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out seeds. Place tomato halves, cut side up in a roasting pan.
                  4. Wash cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Squeeze or scoop out seeds and scatter with larger tomatoes, tucking some in along side the larger ones. Tomatoes should be tightly packed.
                  5. Trim herb stalks of any thick woody ends. Scatter herbs and garlic over tomatoes, pressing them down among the tomatoes.
                  6. Lightly crush peppercorns and along with the sugar and salt, sprinkle over tomatoes and herbs. Pour olive oil evenly over tomatoes and roast for 3 hours.
                  7. Pour boiling water into your sealable jars to help sterilize and warm them. Scoop hot tomatoes, along with herbs and garlic into jars. Top with remaining juice/oil. Screw on lids and allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate. If eating cold, allow to come to room temperature first, to allow olive oil to return to its original state.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -Seeding  the cherry tomatoes is tedious, but only takes 10-12 minutes once you get going.

                  -Will keep for a solid week in the refrigerator.

                  -Makes approximately 3 cups.