Sunday, October 23, 2016

'almost famous' bang-bang shrimp

Y'all, this is the bomb!  It was really not that hard to do and SO delicious.  I served it with some Publix Apron scallion rice I just happened to find that week.  (Have you seen the prepackaged sides they are doing now?  Expensive but genius!)  I hate leftovers so I just saved half the shrimp and sauce and made another batch the next night. 
Adjustments:  I hate mayo so I reduced that and increased the honey and chili sauce slightly. 
I also skipped the lettuce.
For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Kosher salt
For the Shrimp:
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish   
  • Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.
  • Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust. Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.
  • Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce. Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates. Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.

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