I would have stuffed all of this in Saturday Stuff, but the internet is out. So annoying. But these Beignets are not annoying!!! They are Amaaaaahhhhzzzzing!!!! If you want to get straight to them I totally understand, just skip the next seven paragraphs and get right into the crispy savory goodness that are these somehow juicy and crunchy, savory and sweet bites of perfection. Otherwise, I’m going to give you an ear full.
So, Halloween was absolutely adorable. I would say that I went FAR less “all out” than years past, but the kids were so into it (they are finally at that age) that it totally made up for my lack of enthusiasm this year. Like we didn’t really decorate this year (isn’t that sad!?) and we carved pumpkins on Wednesday (and painted our teal pumpkin too!) In all it was great- they had so much fun.
Pete and I did the first part of trick or treating close to us, and then brought the girls to my sisters house (same neighborhood, about a mile away) for my more industrious teenage niece to take them to all the “good houses”. I intended to head back home to snuggle by the fire with my honey and eat salsa, but my brother in law took me down with one of his industrial strength martini’s, so that didn’t really work out. Instead we stayed at my sister’s passing out candy and I fretted that the bowl I left outside at our house did not hold enough candy for the trick or treaters. Of course I was just lying to myself. The bowl was barely touched, and it had only held a fraction of the candy I purchased for “all of the trick or treaters” that I imagined would finally decide that we were a “good” house this year. In fact, when we were driving home, I saw a few kids and their parents headed up our street, which only has a couple houses on it. I literally made Pete pull over so I could run in through the front gate while he parked below in case there wasn’t candy out there. Then the family had the nerve to walk right by our house. I honest to God was yelling/pleading, “Excuse me? Do you want some candy?!” They came back to see the crazy lady with the full bowl OUTSIDE of her house waving around bug handfuls of candy bars. “uh, sure”.
Then I dumped ALL of the candy in their bags, while they continued to think I was crazy and then I re-filled the bowl and left it on the porch and went in for the night. That was the full extent of my trick or treaters.
On a less crazy, more cute note, Coco went as a Zombie Ice Queen, which she would like to clarify has nothing to do with Frozen or Elsa. And Pia was a Pirate. I drew stitches on my face with white and brown wet and wild eyeliner, so my costume totaled $1.89. I had to after Pia told me I had to dress up for her school party which I helped at. And you have to understand, last year, I totally without shame wore a full scale giant yellow chicken costume to her school. That’s when I was a new parent and everyone thought I was crazy. That seems to be the theme of this post actually.
Anyways, as Halloween concludes, the candy was taken away last night by the “switch-witch” who left two very cute little American Girl Doll Dogs for my very cute little girls who seemed very happy without a single piece of candy last night. What a difference a year makes. (By the way, I noted last night to my husband that if it had been a year ago, I would have easily taken down at LEAST 10 Reeses peanut butter cups). I guess, instead, it was one lethal dirty martini. I’m not sure I won on that count.
Then by the way we came home to no Cable and no internet. I have a few choice words for Comcast, none of which are appropriate here. I am also probably posting this from a Starbucks or my phone or something.
And last night was my youngest cousins wedding! I love anytime the whole family gets to be together, and this was pretty much a family reunion on my moms side. So fun, and the girls are danced their faces off. So, a long week. And a happy week. I kind of forgot that I was even in New York, it feels so long ago (it was 4 days ago)- but Halloween and Comcast trouble will do that to you…
NOW, to make these Shrimp Coconut Beignets:
In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut milk and the vinegar and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the gluten free flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cayenne and coconut.
Make a well in the center and add the oil and the coconut milk. Mix everything together with a spatula until you have a thick sticky batter. In a heavy pan or pot, bring the oil to 350-375 degrees.
Form little balls of batter around each raw shrimp (see picture).
Fry 4-5 balls at a time until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
While the beignets are frying make the Apricot Chili Honey Sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Pull the beignets out of the oil with a strainer and leave to drain on a paper towel. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.
Recipe: Shrimp Coconut Beignets
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 ½ cups gluten free flour (I use Bobs Red Mill)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Apricot Chili Honey Sauce
- 2 tablespoons apricot jam
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2/3 pound raw shrimp
- vegetable oil for frying
- In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut milk and the vinegar and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the gluten free flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cayenne and coconut.
- Make a well in the center and add the oil and the coconut milk. Mix everything together with a spatula until you have a thick sticky batter.
- In a heavy pan or pot, bring the oil to 350-375 degrees.
- Form little balls of batter around each raw shrimp (see picture).
- Fry 4-5 balls at a time until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
- While the beignets are frying make the Apricot Chili Honey Sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Pull the beignets out of the oil with a strainer and leave to drain on a paper towel. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
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Heather, these look fabulous. I will be making these for my gluten-free sister next week! I do have a question, though: the shrimp in the photo look like they are actually cooked – they are pink and my raw shrimp looks gray. Will I have to adjust the cooking time? Or will it work out the same because shrimp is so fast-cooking?
Thanks for this and the other gluten free recipes which I am compiling and trying out on my unsuspecting sons and husband – rave reviews on everything so far!
Hi Marina! They are not cooked! The shrimp are raw, It was just the variety of shrimp- Argentinian Red (they just happened to be the best variety at the store). The grey ones will be perfect!
Oh good on the sneaky recipes!lol! I served cookies to my whole extended family last night and my aunt told everyone they were her mothers recipe (when really they were GF and vegan! it was a great moment!)
Such a fun recipe!
Thank you Maria!
Thank you for another wonderful recipe. Love your SwitchWitch idea!
Heather, please consider a Verizon (or whoever you like) internet hotspot. $60 per month to write off as a legitimate business expense. It is the size of a makeup compact and up to ten people can use it at once. I am using mine this minute as my AT&T internet service needs a re-boot and my right leg is in a big orthopedic boot making it difficult to go fix it. Then Comcast cannot interfere with your work!!!
BTW, this is one of your very best blog posts ever. You have such a charming way of describing your adventures and your life! Keep it up and get a hotspot so Comcast can never annoy you again!
Thank you so much Julie :)Glad to know that my ramblings are not too crazy! I know I totally need to get that hot-spot- Comcast has been out twice in the last month and it makes me SO MAD!!
By the way Julie- my sympathies on your boot. I know how that feels and I hope you get better soon 🙂
I hear you on the halloween dynamics- we went half hardcore this year and may have disapointed some fans… But halloween was weird anyway in our neighbourhood this year – almost Stepford-like… Hope I want responsible for bringing the mellow! Now trying to decide if I go all out times two next year or retire… I think I have one more in me… But in the meantime shrimp beignets seem like a worthy endeavour. We have a fav recipe from N.O. with pimento, but I do love coconut shrimp, so… Can you please advise on your…what do they call it….shrimp number/shrimp size? So we can approximate the count you had for your 2/3 pound? Thanks! (PS Just LOVED your breakout star daughter on tv! You nailed it when you credited the intonations I think. I have one of those too–now 13! Capture it all on video!
Christine- for sure if you only have one more Halloween in you- then go ALL OUT!!! better to go out with a bang, right!?
These shrimp were 18-23 count. Thank you for pointing that out 🙂
And thank you for the support of Pia!
I love beignets, but I’ve never tried a shrimp one…now I have the perfect recipe to do so! 😉
Thank you Jennifer! glad you like the look of these!
Wow Heather, just wow! These look SO GOOD!!!
Thank you Gaby!
Yummy…can’t wait to try this in my nest! Happy Nesting.