The Kitchen Disaster, Night 1: Bang Bang Shrimp with Coconut Rice and Roasted Cabbage Steaks + Bonus: Beer Cheese Dip
Tonight was my first night of my cooking challenge; #5MillionDaysOfKitchenDisasters. Tonight I decided on Bang Bang Shrimp, with Coconut Rice, and Roasted Cabbage Steaks. I also made Beer Cheese Dip earlier in the day in preparation of tomorrow's game day. I'm going to review each of these and give you some of my thoughts; take them for what they're worth. Afterwards I'll give you the recipes for each of these.
Bang bang Shrimp: This was really good. I'm glad that I didn't mix the shrimp into the sauce after it was fried though. The sauce was very flavorful and spicy (which I like), but I am not a huge fan of Mayo, especially Mayo heavy sauces, and this was basically Sriracha Mayo. Overall, I liked the shrimp and in the future I will probably try to find a different sauce to go with these little guys. Though I do realize that this sauce is what makes it "Bang Bang". This recipe was supposed to be just an appetizer, but I thought I'd turn it into a meal, and I think it worked out well. I did not cut down the recipes, but I could of halfed it. 4 out of 5
Coconut Rice: This was pretty decent. It wasn't as coconuty (Is that a word? If not, it is now.) as I would have liked. I'll make this again at some other point, but when I do I'll replace the cup of water with an extra cup of coconut milk. Basically I'll boil the rice in pure coconut milk. I'll also add more green onions and probably take out the ginger and lemon juice; they seemed pointless for this recipe. I did like the use of coconut oil to help prevent the rice from sticking during the simmering process. It was a brilliant! Overall, this was a good call. I cut the recipe in half, but I could have even quartered it. That's definitely what I'll do next time. 3 out of 5
Roasted Cabbage Steaks: This was my favorite recipe of the night. I was a little worried when they came out of the oven because the smaller pieces looked burned. They were pretty brown (not burned) and these had a great flavor. The cabbage was very tender and seasoned just perfectly for me. This was super simple and will be a go to veggie dish in the future. I used the smallest cabbage I could find, and I think it worked out well for me, as there were only a few left over. 5 out of 5
Beer Cheese Dip: I only tasted this enough to make sure the flavors and the mixture were just right. I added twice as much beer than what the recipe calls for to thin it down (it was really thick), and also to give it a bit more of a kick. Based on what I tried I really liked it, but we'll see how it does after sitting overnight in the fridge. I have high hopes for this. I did not cut down this recipe. 4 out of 5
Now, time for the recipes .....
Bang Bang Shrimp:
Roasted Cabbage Steaks:
Beer Cheese Dip:
Another Bonus: Beer Bread Mix
My father gave me this last year for Christmas and I'm just now getting around to making it. It's a bread mix, so all I had to do was add some beer and butter, pop it in the oven, and it was good to go. I didn't have any Budweiser on hand so I substituted with a beer from Montana called Moose Drool. It worked out well for this. The bread was delicious! I normally make all my bread from scratch, but if I ever need a fun flavorful bread quickly (without buying a pre-made loaf) I would totally buy more of these and make them. Two thumbs up for the fathers awesome and delicious gift!