Sunday, May 19, 2013

Popcorn shrimp batter mix

My husband and I are working our way through season one of 'Big Bang Theory', an episode or two every night. Yes, we're THAT behind on the times. Once the kids are in bed we kick back in our new 'his and hers' recliners (best idea ever!) with some sort of treat and finally get to relax. On the nights that we're not feeling like something sweet, we've really been into popcorn shrimp- but I'm not into the fact that a bag that you pop in the oven is at least $10 and full of all sorts of chemical additives.

I recently learned you could buy massive bags of little shrimp at costco for $10 as well, about 4 times as much as those regular bags of popcorn shrimp from the grocery store. So I decided to mix it up and the results with fabulous!

Popcorn shrimp batter mix (single use)

3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

What else you'll need

1 pound cooked salad shrimp (the tiny ones)
2/3 cup ice cold beer (or in our case, root beer)
oil for frying

Pre-soak shrimp in ice water while you're assembling the batter, then drain and dry. Combine mix with beer (we don't drink, so we make our batter with root beer (or sometimes even gingerale, since we don't drink soda either but keep gingerale in the house for illness). Stir mixture until it's a thick batter, then stir in shrimp until evenly coated.

In a small frying pan filled with oil on medium high heat, spoon lumps of battered shrimp into the pan and fry it for a couple minutes until it starts to brown. Remove using a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.

This will take several batches if you use a small pan (this will save you money as you don't have to use as much oil to submersed the shrimp). Serve hot with seafood sauce and enjoy!!

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