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Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups will wow your friends! Simple to prepare, wonderful contrast of textures, and bold flavors in every bite
One of my favorite things to do is spend time with friends and family. For me and my friends, our social gatherings always include food! Whether it’s a Saturday full of college football, Sunday brunch, girl’s night in, or a party, we want simple prep and fun, delicious food. Unfortunately, it’s much too easy to get into the rut of always serving the same thing. What better way to break out of that routine, than with something new?!
I love appetizers and finger food at parties, rather than full meals, because they are portable and easy to eat. You can be really creative or super simple with appetizers, and prepare a variety of different dishes. I’m always looking for something new and different to bring to the table, so I was very excited to discover the NEW P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sauces, available exclusively at Wal Mart. The sauces come in 5 delicious flavors: Soy, Mongolian Style BBQ, Teriyaki, Sesame, and Kung Pao. You can find the sauces in the Asian food aisle
I love bold Asian flavors, so this was the perfect opportunity to create a fun and delicious new appetizer. The most important thing for me is easy preparation, and the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sauces make that happen for my Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups
My goodness, these Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups are fabulous. I was literally dancing around my kitchen after the first bite! The crunchy wonton cups, plump shrimp, and creamy avocado complement each other so well, and provide a wonderful contrast in textures. The red pepper flakes add spice, and you control the heat with the amount of pepper you add. The shrimp has a bold, but not overpowering, soy flavor, and the minced garlic helps to balance that out. I really like that P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Soy Sauce has a lower sodium content than traditional soy sauce, and you definitely can taste the difference.
As I mentioned, I want easy preparation. Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups come together in about 30 minutes, and most of that time is marinating the shrimp. I tested a few different marinating times…10 minutes is the minimum, and I wouldn’t go more than an hour.
All of the ingredients for Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups are readily available at your local Wal Mart. I actually have 3 locations in my hometown, so I can quickly and easily stock up at any time.
SPICY GARLIC SOY SHRIMP AND AVOCADO WONTON CUPS IN A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
- Marinate large shrimp in a combination of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Soy Sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes
- While shrimp marinates, place individual wonton wrappers in mini muffin tins to create cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes
- Cook the shrimp in a skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side, until they are just done
- In each wonton cup, add 1 whole shrimp, a few pieces of diced avocado, and a drizzle of the reduced marinade
- Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime, and garnish with a fresh basil leaf
What I love about the marinade for my Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups is that it has 3 ingredients. Sure, sometimes I will go all out with complicated marinades, but with P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sauces, almost everything is in one convenient jar so I don’t have to. And that makes it super easy to have a fabulous dish ready in no time.
MAKING THE WONTON CUPS
The hardest part for me was getting the wonton cups right! The regular muffin tins are a little too large, so the wonton tips don’t brown well and the bottoms stay a little too soft. I tried putting the wonton wrappers in the paper muffin cups, but that didn’t help. I finally gave in and went back to the store and bought the mini muffin tins…presto!
These Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups are best when eaten immediately, while the shrimp is still hot. You can make the wonton cups ahead, but I recommend cooking the shrimp immediately before eating.
I can’t wait to share these Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp and Avocado Wonton Cups with my friends! They will definitely be a hit, and I know I’ll have to make a whole batch, with more shrimp marinating on hand to make seconds.
Have you tried any of the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sauces? What’s your favorite flavor? Next up on my list is Mongolian Style BBQ. I will also definitely be trying all 5 of the sauces, and am excited to share my future recipe creations with you.
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- 24 wonton wrappers
- 24 large shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1/2 cup P.F. Chang's Home Menu Soy Sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1/2 Tablespoon butter or margarine
- 1 avocado, diced
- 12 Fresh basil leaves, sliced in half lengthwise
- Fresh squeezed lime juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a mini muffin pan, gently press one wonton wrapper into each muffin cup. You may need to fold over some of the wrappers to make them fit, but that will create a great cup look. Don't worry if it doesn't look pretty!
Bake wonton wrappers for 8-10 minutes, until the top edges are golden brown. Let them cool in the muffin pan for about 2 minutes, and then remove them from the pan.
In a medium bowl, add shrimp, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The amount of pepper flakes is up to you, but remember, less is more! You can always add more at the end
Put the shrimp into the fridge to marinate. I usually marinate them for about 30 minutes, but in a pinch 10 minutes will do. Remove the shrimp from the fridge after 20 minutes, so they come back to temperature.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter or margarine. When butter starts to foam, add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until just cooked through. Do not overcook shrimp! Remove and set aside
Add marinade to skillet, turn heat to medium and cook down for 3-4 minutes
Add one piece of shrimp and a few pieces of diced avocado to each cup. Drizzle with soy sauce reduction, and finish with fresh basil and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If desired, add a few more red pepper flakes
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