Thursday, June 17, 2010
Trader Joe's is a chain of markets owned by a German company. Perhaps most famous for its Two Buck Chuck--$2 bottles of wine with the Charles Shaw label--Trader Joe's has good prices on cheese, wine, and certain other foodstuffs. And you know Germans make good stuff.
While TJ's offers some good deals and has some items you can't easily find elsewhere, I prefer to shop local. Living in California, I'm fortunate to have access to a vast array of fresh, seasonal produce and seafood. The local farmer's market offers pastured chickens, grass fed beef, oysters from Point Reyes, and live fish in addition to a tremendous selection of fruits and vegetables. Still, I wondered if I could make an appealing appetizer using ingredients purchased at Trader Joe's, ingredients that would be available year-round, anywhere there is a TJ's.
This is a simple recipe that can be assembled in minutes. Although a summery dish, using the frozen ingredients from TJ's this could just as easily be served in Manitoba in January.
Mango Langostino Skewers (printable recipe)
2 mangoes--I used 3 mango halves from a TJ's Sweet Mango Halves package (4 halves to a package for $1.99) cut in cubes about the same size as the langostino pieces
approximately 1/2 package of peeled, cooked, frozen langostino tails ($8.95)
4 inch skewers
1 package micro greens ($2.19)
2 TBS Thai sweet chili sauce
2 TBS sriracha sauce
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 TBS sugar
2 TBS water
1 TBS lime juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp minced fresh mint
Alternate pieces of mango with pieces of langostino on the skewers, allowing two pieces of each on each skewer. You should get around 14 to 18 skewers.
Mix the dressing ingredients together. Place the micro greens on a serving platter or individual plates. Lay skewers upon the greens. Drizzle dressing over skewers and greens. Enjoy.