shrimp in a blanket
What do you do when you have a lonely piece of pastry dough in your freezer that you are ready to clear out? You use it to make an appetizer! I happened to also have some fresh shrimp that I wanted to use up so this idea came into my head. To make a pigs in a blanket sort of appetizer but using shrimp instead and doing it all in the air fryer to quicken the entire process.
At the time that I made these, I was still going through my Thai phase so I made a marinade that incorporated those flavors in it. As much as I love shrimp, you do need to add in some flavors to enhance it's taste. This was a super simple marinade that I used half of and used the other half (with some soy sauce, honey and sesame oil l drizzled in to emulsify it into a dressing of sorts) to dip in the final product.
I even managed to take a video of the process but really, it couldn't be more simple! Don't they look tasty??
Thai Shrimp in a Blanket
1 lime (if juicy, if not, then 2 limes)
1 Tbsp minced cilantro
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, minced
15 uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 Tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
Grate 2 tsps lime zest and squeeze the juice of the lime into a small bowl. Mix the zest, juice, cilantro, garlic and ginger really well.
Place the shrimp into another bowl. Add 1 Tbsp soy sauce and half of the lime marinade with the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Reserve the rest of the marinate for the dipping sauce.
Preheat your air fryer to 400F for 5 minutes. Meanwhile beat the egg and 1 Tbsp water in a small bowl for the egg wash.
Sprinkle the flour on a work surface and unfold the pastry sheet. Roll out the pastry sheet into a square and cut into 3/4 inch strips - 15 of them.
Skewer each shrimp with 1 (6") wooden skewer. Starting at the top, wrap 1 pastry strip around each shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry and ending just before the tail. Place them on a baking sheet until ready to air fry.
Brush the pastry with the egg wash and cook in the air fryer at 400F for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on your air fryer). Air fry them in two batches so that they have plenty of room between them while cooking. Cook until they are golden brown.
For the dipping sauce, add the rest of the soy sauce, water, honey and sesame oil to the remaining marinade and whip together until emulsified into a dipping sauce. Serve with the warm shrimp skewers.
Simple and delicious. You can eat them while watching your favorite show or easily prepare these in advance, refridgerate, and then throw them in the air fryer (or bake in a traditional oven at 400F for 15 minutes) for an awesome appetizer for your friends and/or family. Flaky, buttery shrimp dipped in a yummy Asian inspired sauce. Really can't go wrong!