Delicious food doesn’t have to break the bank. With just a quick stroll down the frozen food aisle, aspiring holiday entertainers can elevate a seasonal get-together from functional to fabulous. Dressing up affordable frozen appetizers is easier than ever, and some solutions have never been timelier — original ideas abound these days from culinary creatives like Diane Henderiks (who concocted the accompanying recipe).
Check out how Diane gives one favorite holiday appetizer, shrimp, a glamorous, Asian-inspired makeover. Crispy SeaPak Coconut Shrimp are matched with the sweetness of pineapple, a touch of sriracha heat, and creamy peanut butter, all wrapped up in a savory slice of ham and broiled to perfection, then finished with an orange marmalade sauce.
- 1 10-ounce package frozen jumbo coconut shrimp, such as SeaPak
- 8 slices boiled ham or 12 slices pork or turkey bacon
- 24 slices water chestnut
- 2 Tablespoons natural, creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon sriracha
- 12 pineapple chunks, halved
- Orange marmalade sauce (included in SeaPak shrimp package), defrosted
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the tails off of the shrimp and cut the shrimp in half crosswise.
Cut each slice of ham into 3 long strips. If using bacon, cut each slice in half crosswise.
Place a water chestnut slice in the center of each strip of meat.
Top each chestnut slice with piece of shrimp, a smear of peanut butter, drizzle of sriracha, and a pineapple slice.
Fold one side of the meat over the filling, then roll and place seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 5 minutes, then broil for 2 to 4 minutes, until bites are slightly brown on top.
Place a toothpick in each bite and drizzle with the orange marmalade sauce.