Shrimp and Rice Cakes

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Hope everyone had a great holiday filled with family, fun and FOOD! I know I did. The only post-holiday dilemma I seem to run across is left overs. This year, we had a giant shrimp cocktail platter for our appetizer that was fresh and delicious. The only problem was that there was a lot of fresh seafood leftover that we had to eat before we left for vacation the next day. I decided to whip up some shrimp and rice cakes for dinner and they turned out great! I served these for dinner but I think they’d be perfect for a quick, crowd pleasing appetizer too! I adapted the recipe from Old Bay, my favorite seafood seasoning from Maryland.

Shrimp & Rice Cakes 

3/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup cooked shrimp, chopped

2 teaspoons shallots, chopped and sauteed until translucent

1/2 cup cooked brown rice

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

1 cup of panko breadcrumbs

Sauce:

1 cup of low fat sour cream

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Set oven to 350 degrees.

Begin by removing tails from the shrimp and chopping into small pieces.

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Add cooked and cooled rice, flour, Old Bay seasoning and baking powder to the chopped shrimp and stir to combine.

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Next, add the wet ingredients: milk, butter and eggs and stir to combine. Sprinkle in basil.

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Form into flattened patties and dip both sides into panko bread crumbs until well coated. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet.

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Bake for 6 minutes and then flip the cakes to other side, allow to bake for 4-6 minutes on opposite side.

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Serve warm with sour cream and Old Bay sauce and ENJOY!

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Nutella Cookies

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I just love Nutella. When I studied abroad in Italy, I discovered my deep love for this creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread. I used to put it on anything from  baguettes to bananas. Basically anything is delicious if it is topped with Nutella! Here is a simple chocolate cookie topped with Nutella to make it the perfect sweet bite.

Nutella Cookies

1 cup of flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup of butter

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutella, to top

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. In a separate bowl stir together the butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Add to dry mixture and mix until well combined. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and arrange on a greased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart.

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Press thumb into center of cookie to create a dent that will hold the Nutella.

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Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

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Take a spoon and top the cooled cookies with a heap of Nutella.

Enjoy!

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