Saturday, August 2, 2008
Potato Shrimp Cakes : Take 1
When I read Mochachocolata-Rita's recipe on this Oven Fried... oops, Oven Baked Potato Shrimp Cake, I just knew I had to try it. After you've seen my picture above, I'm sure you're just gonna throw them out and ditch this post. But please check out her post first. Her pictures look so yummy, you want to immediately take them off the screen and eat them...
The reason why my Shrimp Cake does not look like Mochachocolata-Rita's is that I did all her instructions except I did not bake them in the oven. (Aside from the fact that I do not really know how to use the camera. I promise I will take up some photography classes soon!) I was too lazy to fire up the oven. I tried baking them in the oven toaster. And even when the first batch was already cooking there for 30 minutes, they did not turn golden brown like hers, but instead got charred!!! So I had to partially cover them up with greens :)
Lesson: Next time, follow cooking instructions.
1 large potato, mashed
1 C small shrimp, peeled, roughly chopped
1 small clove of garlic, very finely chopped
1 small clove of shallot, very finely chopped
1 t salt
1/2 t sugar
1 t white pepper
a dash of ground nutmeg powder
a bit of finely chopped corriander/spring onion
breadcrumbs, mixed with a bit of salt, sugar and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 200C.
2. In a bowl, mix everything except the breadcrumbs. Roll into round shapes. Dip in the breadcrumbs and arrange on an olive-oil lined baking pan. Bake until golden brown.
Those were the instructions. As I said, I tried baking in the oven toaster, which failed miserably in looks... but they still tasted good. And I still have some uncooked shrimp-potato mixture left. (Not all the balls fit inside the oven toaster). Instead of using the oven, this time, I pan-fried it in a little oil. (At least it's not deep fried!) After waiting 30 minutes for those oven-toaster little balls, I was a bit impatient, so I did not roll these into little balls but made a big flat disc!!!
Now this tastes way better! I suppose a little more oil does make the difference! :) I can hear Mochachocolatarita saying: Tsk.. Tsk... Not healthy!
By this time, the kids were so impatient, they did not give me time to plate it for a picture...
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