Nam Prik Kapi

Many of you may or may not have heard of Nam Prik Kapi. I was introduced to this funky Thai spicy shrimp paste dip years ago so I thought I would share it with you. Some of these ingredients may be foreign to you, especially the Thai shrimp paste (and trust me this stuff is funky but awesome).

Nam Prik Kapi Recipe
Nam Prik Kapi Recipe

The ingredients are minimal, but the flavor impact is something out of this world. A pestle and mortar works best for this, and I have not tried using a food processor, but feel free if you decide to make this recipe.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 15-20 Thai bird chili peppers, stems removed
  • 1 head of garlic, skin removed
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar (or light brown sugar if you do not have any)
  • 3 tbsp Thai shrimp paste
  • 2 whole shallots, skins removed, lightly chopped

As with many Thai dishes, you need to balance out the sour, spice, and bitterness. This one uses 20 Thai chilies, which if you can imagine is going to make it pretty spicy, but that’s how I like it. The goal here is to come up with a light and loose paste, nothing majorly thick.

Start by pounding your garlic, chilies, and shallots in a mortar and pestle. Your goal is to make a paste. This is the labor intensive part, as it takes about 10-15 minutes and will use some arm strength. Once you have a paste, add the shrimp paste and palm sugar, and continue pounding. I find it best to use a spoon along with the pestle to lift from the bottom and keep pounding.

Nam Prik Paki Recipe
Nam Prik Paki Recipe

The final step is to add the juice of the limes. Add enough lime juice to ensure a loose paste. Add more lime juice if you have to.

Now taste and adjust. It will be spicy. It will be tangy. It will be a bit funky.

Serve this alongside fried fish, omelettes, or lightly steamed vegetables. This stores nicely as well, and a little goes a long way. If you are looking for something new to try, give this one a shot. It’s probably one of Thai’s more famous dipping sauces. Hope you enjoy!

 

Pizza Bombs

I know it has been some time since my last post, but things have been a bit hectic. I figured that since I have finally started to feel halfway normal, that I would post these pizza bombs. These things are awesome, and can be eaten as a game day snack, or taken down as a meal, much like pizza. Another great thing is that you can make them anyway you like your own pizza.

Loaded Pizza Bombs Recipe
Loaded Pizza Bombs Recipe

I made these as a game day snack, and I wish I would have made another batch as they only last a brief moment.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1 12 oz can of your pizza sauce
  • 1 cup of sliced pepperoni, chopped and lightly crisp, oil patted
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 8 oz bags shredded mozzarella cheese
  • garlic salt, sprinkled

Start by rolling out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. You probably want to roll this about 1/4 inch thick.

Next, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Butter the inside of a casserole dish.

Now, take a pizza cutter, and slice the dough width wise, in half, and then cut into about 1 1/2 inch slices.

Loaded Pizza Bombs Recipe
Loaded Pizza Bombs Recipe

Pour the pizza sauce into the bottom of your buttered casserole dish.

Take one of the bags of cheese and pour it over the pizza strips, to cover. Next take the sliced pepperoni and add this to the top of the cheese. Now the fun part.

Roll each slice into pinwheels, and place vertically, allowing it to stand up into the casserole dish. Repeat with all remaining pizza strips. Top with the remaining bag of cheese, and any additional pepperoni. Sprinkle with some garlic salt, and then bake uncovered in the oven for about 18 minutes or until the dough is cooked, and the cheese is nicely melted.

Remove from the oven, let cool for about 5-10 minutes, then dig in. These things were everything awesome about any type of pizza. I hope you enjoy!

Dehydrated Pineapple

Not too long ago I was fortunate enough to get a gift of a dehydrator. I know, it sounds lame, but it is something that I have wanted for a very long time but never really pulled the trigger on the purchase. I was lucky enough, however, to have a wife that is either a really great listener, or one who wanted some beef jerky for that matter. Who knows. Whatever the case, I’m in heaven, and I have been looking at dehydrating everything from beef to vegetables, to fruit.

The latest was dehydrated pineapple and it was based on an idea from one of my colleagues. This stuff was awesome and my wife and daughter fell in love with this. Packed full of flavor and nutrients, what’s not to love.

Dehydrated Pineapple Recipe
Dehydrated Pineapple Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 1 pineapple, skinned, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Food dehydrator

I know… complicated, right?

I have a four tier dehydrator, but use however much pineapple, keeping about a 1 inch distance between each piece on each rack.

Turn on your dehydrator, and let that baby on for about 14 hours. Yep, about 14. Check the pineapple about 10 hours in to be on safe measure. Just be careful not to over dry this stuff. My family loved it with just a little bit of give in the texture.

Once you are comfortable with the texture and time, refrigerate them in a sealed tight jar, or vacuum seal them for future storage.

These things are like candy, but yield a nutritious bite, and if my kids are down with that, I’m down. Give these a try if you are looking for different ideas for dehydrating food. Hope you enjoy!

Loaded Puppy Chow Dessert

Most every time I go to the store, I see small packages of what is called ‘puppy chow’, and I see people buying these powdered sugar based cereal. I’ve looked at the cost and say to myself ‘seriously, that much for this?!’. That when I figured I would come up with own batch, making it my own and loading up this puppy chow that I knew my wife and kids would love. The ingredients are way too simple and I pretty much had everything laying around with the exception of the Chex cereal. You’re going to love this one.

Loaded Puppy Chow Dessert Recipe
Loaded Puppy Chow Dessert Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups of Chex Mix (I used the Rice variety)
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 10 Oreo cookies, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of regular M&Ms
  • 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar

Get a large mixing bowl, one large enough to hold all of the cereal comfortably.

Add the crumbled Oreos, then the cereal, then top with the M&Ms.

Loaded Puppy Chow Dessert Recipe
Loaded Puppy Chow Dessert Recipe

To another bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter. Place in a microwave and melt for about 90 seconds or until you have a smooth mixture. Give it a good stir, and if you need it to smooth out even more, add a few more seconds in the microwave.

Get your powered sugar ready.

Take the chocolate mixture and pour all over the cereal and quickly mix, then pour on the powdered sugar. Continue to mix until everything is coated. Pour the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and let cool.

Serve in bowls and seal in a bag for all of the leftovers. I must say my family probably took down a half of that batch and wow they were in heaven. If you are looking for a simple dessert and one that you can simply throw together for that sweet tooth of yours, give this one a go. The addition of the cookies and M&Ms were a huge hit. Hope you enjoy!