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February 18, 2011

Golden Baskets - Thai Inspired Appetizers

Appetizers like these are usually called with different names from one Thai restaurant to another. My favorite one calls them golden baskets. I made some with the same name only and the rest is my own version. You can make them too with your own preferred ingredients. Here is how you can make them.
You will need 1/2 a cup of ground shrimps and 1/2 cup of ground chicken breast. Mix a sprig of minced cilantro and 2 scallion,white part only. Then season lightly with salt and white pepper. Wilt the leaves of six scallions for 1 minute in the microwave oven. Cut a 4 square inch feuille de brik or a good quality spring roll wrapper, about 24 pieces. Now put 1/3 of a teaspoon of the ground filling in the center of the brik and gather the four corners and press with fingers over the filling to make a purse or basket and tie it with the wilted scallion leaf.


Deep fry them in any light vegetable oil like canola until golden. I use a small saucepan that I fill with 2 cups of oil so as not to waste too much oil and they fry very well in it. When done put on paper towels to drain excess oil. Surprisingly they don't absorb too much oil.

Now make the sweet and sour sauce for the dip.
For the sauce mince one sweet pepper, grate garlic and juice a knob of ginger. Mucovado sugar for sweetness and red wine vinegar for sour. The quantity of seasoning depends on everyones taste. Boil with 1 1/2 cup of water until the soft and sauce consistency. Always taste and correct if necessary. Thicken with a teaspoon of cornstarch if too runny.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper powder too if you want. Here is for an individual serving or for a couple of guests.




Enjoy!


23 comments:

  1. Deliziosi questi finger food, assolutamente da provare. Mi stampo la ricetta!!! Buon we,
    Simona

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  2. This is the kind apetizer that I like me :D

    I want one!!
    :D

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  3. Que bonitas te han quedado las cestitas y el relleno me encanta, y sobre todo la idea de ponerlos sobre una salsa, genial!, ya sabes que a mi estas cosas me gustan mucho!
    Besos y buen finde!
    Nasy

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  4. Que receta mas delicada y de resultado excelente ..la salsa genial..todo esto de delicatesen me encanta--Buen finde ...MARIMI

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  5. Me han encantado y la salsa debe estar de rechupete.
    Besos.

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  6. Wowwwwwww.........how much patience to prepare. fantastic!

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  7. your frying skills not bad, huh? some call it'money bag'

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  8. You are making me hungry again..... they look wonderful and as always the presentation is amazing. Think I maybe could try this recipe with your help :)) Diane

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  9. Michelangelo, uno finger food davvero interessante di stampo thai. Perfetto per una cena orientale con gusti piccanti! Molto molto carini. Bravo, come sempre.
    Un bacio

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  10. Te han quedado muy bonitos y apetecibles. Buen fin de semana

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  11. I love these purses - never can get the scallions (or chives) to tie well. Blizzard tomorrow - this would be fun to play with as I lock the doors and refuse to go out in any more snow. As always, the presentation just invites.

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  12. That's so amazing and delicious looking! I love the baskets and I love the sauce!

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  13. These are awesome I love it bite size appetizers.

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  14. Hi, I´m a new follower of your blog.
    You are so criative! It looks delicious and beautiful!
    Cheers!

    cozinhadaduxa

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  15. I know you already have a Stylish Blogger award but please accept one from me at http://alchemy-fabulousfood.blogspot.com/ Your food is indeed artful and inspiring

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  16. Michelangelo, mon ami, encore une recette pleine de saveurs et facile à faire que je note.
    J'ai réalisé tes Scotch Eggs with Quail et tout le monde a aimé. J'ai publié ma version aujourd'hui.
    See soon.

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  17. non solo sembrano buonissimi, ma sono anche bellissimi! assolutamente da provare

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  18. This is an amazing post, yet again! I had been toying with the idea of playing with phyllo so this is something that interests me a lot; love the sauce and the flavors as well as the visual here.

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  19. Fantastic presentation. This not one of my favourite finger foods but you make it look just too tempting.

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  20. These look like delectable little purses! The filling looks so delicious that I can easily pop 10 of these into my mouth in one sitting!

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  21. These are so delightful and love the sauce...you have presented these like little treasures, just lovely :)

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  22. Arthur, the first impression i got yesterday about your blog was fantastic, fabulous and spectacular, really! i am not kidding, i really thought these same words before you put them in my blog, but i was late and i thought to come back today. I am really impressed by the beauty, and beauty is very very important to me, i love to please the eye.
    Ciao!!!!

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