Thursday, August 19, 2010

Almond Crusted Meat and Shrimp Balls

This tasty finger food is great for parties or gatherings. I remember eating something similar at a wedding banquet but I forgot what was in the balls so I recreated something with whatever I have in the freezer. If you're not a fan of sliced almonds you can always roll it out in tiny little white bread cubes.


Ingredients:

1 pound of ground meat (can be chicken, pork, turkey or beef)
½ pound shrimps – shell and deveined
1 medium size carrot – peel and grated
10 water chestnuts – cut into small cubes
3 green onions – cut small
2 tbsp of cornstarch
2 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine – optional
Salt and white pepper to taste


For coating

1 ½ cups sliced almond



1. Add shrimp in a food processor, using the metal blade process it for a few seconds, until shrimp is pasty.
2. Remove and mix in all the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Let it marinate for an hour.
3. With a wet hand shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Drop them into the almond slices and roll to coat. Do the same to the rest.
4. Heat up oil in a deep pan, turn the heat to medium and drop the balls into the oil carefully. Deep fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with some chili sauce.

29 comments:

MaryMoh said...

Utterly gorgeus! Great starters.....love it...mmmm

Shereen said...

That look so good.Book marking this!

hana said...

waa gud idea! nanti nak cubalah.. thanx gert!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

sound crispy and good!

Elin said...

Gert...that is so yummy looking and like those served in the restaurant..yours look better, nicely browned too. Thanks for the recipe :) How you can stick those almond slices so neatly done...I would have make a mess of it :p

cleffairy said...

Wow... yummy fingerfood. I might wanna try this. :D

Swee San said...

yeah yeah!! I've eaten something like this during wedding banquet too...
adding water chestnuts gives them the extra crunch too!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I wish I can be at your parties, and I hope that you'll make this for the party :)

Lyndsey said...

Great recipe! I like this and how different it is. Looks so nice with the almonds.

3 hungry tummies said...

Oh they look great! This will be so popular at any party!

Jeannie said...

Looks deliciously gorgeous! My boys would love it.

vanillasugar said...

i made shrimp balls once and they were so good. i want to try it this way next. this sounds so good with the nuts.

Jennifurla said...

My friends would be very impressed with this

Little Corner of Mine said...

I loved it! This dish is so presentable!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

this is a great idea for party, looks so delicious and good at presentation

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

This is the kind of food everyone would be reaching out for at the party table! Reminds me of the sesame prawn ball I made around world cup period :)

Anncoo said...

Love this finger food. Looks so presentable and yummy.

Yummy Koh said...

looks very delicious - a great finger food. Gert, is it too troublesome if I ask for measurements in gms? :( thanks a lot.

noobcook said...

they are very pretty! and yes, great party food :p

Cheah said...

Simply awesome and so neatly done. It'll certainly be a hit at parties!

busygran said...

What crunchy morsels! Perfect finger food!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Oh yeah! I've eaten this before at wedding banquets long time back. As a kid, it's one of my favorite too, heehee. Thanks for sharing the recipe and bringing back fond memories!

ICook4Fun said...

Mary, thanks.

Shereen, can make this for a party :)

Hana, you are welcome.

Sonia, yea the almond is nice.

Elin, I just rolled it :)

Cleffairy, hope you like it.

Swee San, yes and extra sweetness to0.

Wendy, I wish all of you can come to my party and I will definitely make this :)

Lyndsey, hope you will try this out.

3 hungry tummies, yes it is.

ICook4Fun said...

Jeannie, hope you will make some for them :)

Vanillasugar, yes you can just use shrimp for this.

Jennifurla, make some for them :)

LCOM, thanks you.

Jess, yes it is.

Shirley, yea lots of people like fried food :)

Anncoo, thank you.

Yummy Koh, a pound is about 450 grms

Noobcook, thanks.

Cheah, thank you.

Busygran, yes it is.

ICook4Fun said...

Bee bee, remember there will be few of these on the first dish. Do they still serve that?

momgateway said...

These look so appetizing! We like food shaped into tiny balls--so easy to eat and delicious!

Julie said...

Wow, very impressive! Perfect for a party :)

meeso said...

Wow, I was won over just by the presentation, and I'm sure they taste amazing!

My Little Space said...

Ooo...your shrimp meatballs look so very appertizing. Yumm... Thanks for shairng such wonderful recipe. Have a nice weekend.
Cheers, kristy