Key Lime Margarita Bars!!!

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I just love Key Lime!!!

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Give me anything Key Lime…cake, cookies, Ice cream, yogurt, pie, candy, I think you get the picture ūüôā

So I thought I would make a little something for the “taste tasters” in ¬†out office ūüôā

I was going to do something with chocolate or Key Lime and the word in the office was Key Lime since it was the summer.

So by using the pretzels in the crust I thought, oh salt…lime…okay Margarita!!! ¬†Of course minus the Tequila ūüė¶

But if you wanted to add tequila you could, what I would do is cut the lime juice in half adding the tequila as the other half (1/4 cup lime juice & 1/4 cup tequila).  But then add the zest of 3-4 limes instead of one, this will bring out the lime flavor, but I guess if you love tequila you could add all tequila and then just more lime zest.

I think if I was going to use Tequila, I would make the batter with out the juice, mix together, then add some Tequila and taste it, so you don’t over power it with Tequila ūüėõ

Ingredients

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Crush your pretzels, I did not crush them finely because I wanted to
make the texture like coarsely chopped nuts
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Add pretzels and sugar to a bowl

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add melted butter and mix together

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mixed

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Press mixture into a 9×13 sprayed pan and bake

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Meanwhile whisk eggs, milk, lime zest and juice together

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Baked crust, let cool about 15 minutes

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pour mixture over top of crust

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Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes

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baked

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Slice add lime zest for a garnish

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Eat and enjoy

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Key Lime Margarita Bars

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Crust

1 1/2 cups pretzels, crushed
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Mix all together in a bowl, then press into a 9×13 pan. ¬†Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. ¬†Let cool 15 minutes.

Meanwhile make batter

2 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs, at room temp
1/2 cup Key Lime or lime juice (see note above if you want to add Tequila)
zest of 2 limes and extra for garnish

Whisk together in a medium bowl, then pour over top the baked crust, spread evenly and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Center will not jiggle and edges will be light brown.

Let cool completely on counter, then refrigerate till cold, over night if you can.  You can garnish the top with lime zest or if you serve pieces individually you can add strips of lime zest on top of each piece.

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Sesame Crusted Shrimp with a Spicy Peanut Sauce

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sesfinal1This recipe really is quick and easy, and most definitely great for a party.

As I was coming up with this recipe I had recently purchased this new IMG_20130224_105604peanut butter powder, this company   http://www.bellplantation.com/nutrition  was at one of our stores sampling and it really made my brain start to reel with ideas.  (I had no idea they had a website and recipes, so please go there for lots of great ideas and for the nearest store near you that carries this product)  If you love peanut butter you really need to try this for sure!!!

First thought was a peanut sauce, I love¬†Thai¬†peanut chicken so I thought well I’ll start with a sauce and then go from there. ¬†I was having some friends over and I wanted to serve shrimp, with this peanut dipping sauce. ¬†So this is what I did.

Now you can use regular peanut butter but if you are trying to cut out a lot of calories give this a try.

Ingredients

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Devein shrimp and pat dry with paper towels

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mix shrimp with oil, salt and pepper

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mix both sesame seeds together

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take shrimp and press one side into seeds and place seed side up on baking sheet

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Bake and serve with sauce

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Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth or water, (plus another 1/4 cup to thin sauce out, set aside it needed)
3/4 cup PB2
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. sriracha hot sauce or red pepper flakes
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisking until smooth and well combined, cook until brown sugar has dissolved let cool, if sauce is to thin just add broth a little at a time and serve with shrimp.

If you want to use regular peanut butter, do use 3/4 cup and you will need that extra broth to thin it out.

Shrimp
1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left on
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Black and White Sesame seeds

Toss shrimp in a bowl with the oil, salt and pepper, on a plate add about 2 tbsp. of each black and white sesame seeds, mix around with your fingers.

Then take shrimp and dip one side into the sesame seeds, place on line baking sheet, sesame seed side up.

Bake at 400 degrees until shrimp are opaque, this happens quickly so keep an eye on your shrimp.

Place on a platter and serve with the spicy peanut sauce. ¬†Note – if you don’t like spicy just omit the sriracha hot sauce/red pepper flakes or don’t add as much.

This was a huge hit and you can serve at room temperature. 

Enjoy!!!

Mango Wrapped Coconut Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia

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fish 1I love me some fresh seafood, I wish I lived on the coast just for this reason.  When I worked on a cruise ship having fresh seafood in every port was not an issue, it was amazing!!!

Myself and my friends would have our favorite spots to go to in each port, and although they all had great fresh seafood, there was one place was my favorite…Cozumel Mexico!

We would go up into town, now I mean up in town past all the¬†tourist¬†spots where the locals eat and shop, to the “Market”. ¬†Now this was not like our kind of markets here in the US, although the market was in a building, there were no doors.
And everything was out in the open; fruits, vegetables, Meats, breads, oh yes I did say ‘Meats”, out in all it’s glory, hanging and flies everywhere. ¬†Yes this was not appealing, but I really didn’t go there for the meat. ¬†Of course the produce was out of this world fresh, oranges and melons that were so sweet it was like eating candy. ¬†Fresh¬†tortillas¬†being made right in front of you, this was really was one the highlights of visiting Cozumel.
Right outside of this market was a courtyard in a “U” shape, and when it was closed it would look like just a bunch of garage doors. ¬†But when open, the garage doors would lift to¬†reveal all these individual kitchens.
All with there own¬†specially dishes, but we only ate at this one kitchen every Friday like clock work. ¬†We’d go early into the market get some fruit, veggies, really whatever appealed to us and what we wanted to cook for lunch.
Yes I said cook, this one Kitchen would let me use the kitchen to cook whatever we bought in the market, it was awesome.
The only thing we would get from them was some of the Freshest Red Snapper and Grouper I ever had, we’d be there when the doors opened and then here comes the fisherman walking up with a cooler. ¬†He had just got off his boat with this fresh fish and we would pick the ones we want and the kitchen would cook it right up. Head, body, tail and all and serve up with white rice. ¬†

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My boyfriend at the time loved the head, I will not go into detail on what he ate from that, I was happy to let him eat that part. LOL

So I came up with this fish dish for Fish Friday’s in my house!! ¬†Plus it does have that¬†Caribbean¬†flare!

Mango Wrapped Coconut Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia

Ingredients

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Coconut, panko breadcrumbs, macadamia nut

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in a skillet add butter, oil, shallots & red pepper

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Cook for about 2 minutes

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add panko breadcrumbs, nuts & coconut flakes

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once combined (above), remove from heat and add brown sugar, set aside to cool

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peel mango

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with peeler, peel long ribbons of mango for wrapping

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I used a whole fillet and cut it in half

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starting at one end take mango ribbons and start wrapping fillets

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wrapped fillets

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add topping to each fillet, you can use as little or as much
(I used the leftovers for a salad topping – recipe to come)

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then bake

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done

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I served it with a Mango Avocado Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing
(recipe coming soon)

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Recipe

Mango Wrapped Coconut Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia

1 whole tilapia fillet, cut in half 
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
2 tsp. brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. butter (you can use all olive oil)
2 tbsp. lime infused olive oil ***see note below
1 large shallot, chopped
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 mango
salt to taste

Add butter, oil, shallots and red pepper flakes to a skillet and cook over med. to med. high heat, once butter has melted cook for 1 – 2 minutes more.
Add breadcrumbs, coconut and nuts, stirring to coat with butter mixture, once all is coated then remove from heat stir in brown sugar and taste for needed salt.  Set aside to cool

Peel mango, then take peeler and run it around the mango, trying to make long ribbons of mango.  If they break that is okay you can piece it together. (the remaining mango, use in salad recipe)
Take ribbons and start at one end of the fish and continue wrapping to other end, place on baking sheet, top with breadcrumb mixture, you can add as much or as little as you want.  Keep leftover crumb mixture for salad topping.

Bake fish at 400 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, you want topping to be golden brown, my oven I cooked it for 15 minutes and fish was perfect.

You can serve the fish with anything you like, I served mine with a salad, I will post that recipe in the next few days ūüôā

***Note – Lime infused olive oil, I got this oil at a specialty store, you do not have to use this oil, you can use plan olive oil, if you want that hint of lime then add the juice of half a lime in the crumb mixture when you add the brown sugar, if you want more lime flavor add the juice of the other half, and you can always add the zest of the lime as well!!
You also do not need to use butter, you can just use 4 tbsp. oil in the recipe.

Hope you enjoy this one and hey tell all your friends about me and my blog…Enjoy!!