Joss' Island
Cilantro Wrapped Prawnswith Pickled Pineapple
Posted 7/29/2013 12:53:00 PM

I know I've said this before - and I'll say it again - but I find cooking VERY relaxing and therapeutic. The beauty of it is that the only two things in the world that exist when you are cooking are you and the food. You don't have to worry about a dirty house, or family drama or the fools at work. It's just you and the food. Cooking actually makes me a nicer person.

So, I am trying to pick up the speed on my quest to cook every recipe in Guy Fieri's cookbook. Firstly, because I love it so much. Secondly, because like I said -cooking makes me a nicer person. This is a good thing for my fellow co-workers Rob, Splash and Dano.

On a Friday night not so long ago, I decided I needed some cooking therapy. The recipe I picked out was "Cilantro Wrapped Prawns with Spicy Pickle Pineapple." For some reason, I decided not to waste any time writting down those pesky ingredients on a pesky little pad of paper - so I just brough the whole cookbook to the store!

This got a couple of comments from people. Positive ones. One lady liked how I just cut to the chase and didn't waste time with a grocery list. Another guy had the cookbook but hand't cooked anything out of it yet! I told him that it's quite fun and he should do it and that I needed cooking therapy.

That Friday night it was just me, myself and I and old reruns of Frasier as I cooked this up this recipe in my admittedly amazing kitchen.

Honestly, it wasn't my favorite recipe I ever made. I loved the cilantro flavor - but I think I was expecting more out of the recipe. Also, I would have added more sour stuff to the pineapple to make it picklier - I'm into that.

That being said, I actually ate a couple of these shrimps rolled in fried wonton for breakfast the next day - COLD out of the fridge! So that says something right there!

Here's the recipe!

Spicy pickled pineapple:

2 tablespoons diced red jalapeno
2 tablespoons diced white onion
6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 cup chopped pineapple, without juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper
12 shrimp (21-25 count) raw, cut lengthwise in 1/2
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
24 wonton skins
3 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
1/4 cup julienned red bell pepper


For the Spicy pickled pineapple: In a medium saute pan, heat oil, add pepper and onions, lightly saute, Combine all ingredients, heat for 3 minutes on medium heat and let cool for 1 hour.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Mix milk and egg, dredge wonton wrapper in milk, then add 1/2 piece shrimp to corner of wrapper, add a pinch of cilantro, and 1 piece of red bell pepper, roll up, and place seam side down in medium pan with canola oil on medium to high heat. Fry until light brown.

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