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Shrimp Beignets

These spicy beignet appetizers, made of goat cheese, shrimp and jalapenos, evoke a Mexican beach vacation.

  • Yield: Makes about 4 dozen

Photography: Schiller,Charles

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2005

Ingredients

  • 8 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 jalapeno chile, finely chopped (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle
  • chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Romesco Dipping Sauce, for serving
  • Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Directions

  1. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill shrimp, turning once, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Let cool. Chop shrimp into 1/4-inch chunks; set aside.

  2. Bring butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook until butter has melted. Remove from heat. Add flour; stir until mixture comes away from sides of pan.

  3. Place saucepan over low heat; stir until thickened, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in shrimp, jalapeno, mustard, chipotle chiles, cheese, cilantro, and lemon zest.

  4. Heat about 5 inches oil in a medium heavy saucepan until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Scoop shrimp mixture by the tablespoon, and fry in batches of 8 to 10, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon; let drain. Season with salt. Serve warm with dipping sauces.

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