Shrink Food: When Life Gives You Lemongrass…
… get a dinner party going with lemongrass cocktails and 17 brilliant lemongrass appetizer recipes. For this post I’ve decided peek in to your kitchen for appetizer inspiration. Check out your finest lemongrass recipes with my appetizer twist.
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Greetings, Grass Growers. I see your eyes brightening and your mouth watering, so enjoy a colossal variety of lemongrass recipes from short rib tacos, and lemongrass pear crumble to BBQ scallops and chicken salad cups. When life gives you lemongrass, eat these refreshingly creative appetizer recipes….
1. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken via Rasa Malaysia
Appetizer Twist – Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Skewers: Stick a small skewer in each piece of chicken to make it a delicious lemongrass appetizer. Before you marinate the chicken, save a little sauce for dipping.
2. Lemongrass Cured Salmon Appetizers via Food Network
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Cured Salmon with Lime Creme Fraiche: Add a little lime creme fraiche to this cool cucumber, salmon and lemongrass appetizer. Mix lime juice and lime zest to creme fraiche and add a dollop on top.
3. Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea via Appetite for China
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass & Ginger Fruit Pops: Add chopped seasonal fruit to this lemongrass elixir, freeze in an ice tray with sticks and serve as mini fruit ice pops.
4. Lemongrass Shrimp Pasta via Nostrand Park
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Shrimp Spring Roll Appetizer: Cut the shrimp into small pieces. Take rice paper (follow instructions for use) and line it with mint, basil, sauteed shiitake mushrooms and the shrimp. Gently and tightly roll the rice paper and cut into small appetizer spring rolls.
6. Lemongrass Beef Stir Fry via Kitchen Chick
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Marinated Steak Pops: Cut a strip steak into bite-sized cubes. Marinate the strip steak pieces in the lemongrass mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Grill the steak cubes to your desired temperature. Place the steak on small skewers along with a cooked vegetable of choice and enjoy!
7. Minted Dungeness Crab with Lemongrass Kaffir Sake Butter Sauce via Salty Seattle
Appetizer Twist – Mini Crab Cakes with Lemongrass Kaffir Sake Butter Sauce: Make small, bite-sized patties, and pop the lemongrass crab deliciousness in your mouth!
8. Lemongrass Chicken Salad via The Kitchen Masochist
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Chicken Salad in a Lettuce Cup: Cut the end off of an endive and separate the leaves. Place a small helping of lemongrass chicken salad into each leaf and garnish with chopped chives.
9. Steamed Mussels in Lemongrass Coconut Curry via Steamy Kitchen
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Coconut Curry Mussel Appetizer: Remove mussels. Strain and save broth. Make a lemongrass rice and add a little coconut curry, rice and mussel to an appetizer spoon, garnish with a leaf of chervil and bottoms up.
10. Lemongrass and Mint-marinated Nectarines, Peaches and Plums via Nostrand Park
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass Fruit Skewers with Whipped Cream: Cut the fruit into bite-sized cubes. Add the fruit cubes to small skewers, grill or bake the fruit until warm. Serve with a bowl of cool fresh whipped cream for dipping.
11. Mint and Lemongrass Green Tea Ice Cream via Blazing Hot Wok
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Green Tea Ice Cream Floats: Use a melon baller to scoop the ice cream into a shot glass then add ginger beer and you’ve got a delicious lemongrass and green tea ice cream float.
12. Chicken & Waffle Appetizer with Lemongrass Syrup via Dresses & Appetizers
Appetizer Twist – Mini Chicken & Waffle with Bacon and Lemongrass Syrup: Though this is already a delicious app, add some crumbled bacon on top for an addictive salty, amazing, bacon-y flavor. Yummers!
13. BBQ Shrimp with Lemongrass via Saveur.com
Appetizer Twist – BBQ Scallops with Lemongrass: Swap the shrimp with scallops, and Oh YES!
14. Sake and Lemongrass Braised Short Ribs via Chez Christine:
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass Short Rib Soft Taco: Shred the short ribs and mix with extra lemongrass sauce. Fill a small flour tortilla with shredded short ribs, julienned radishes, cilantro, salsa and dig in.
15. Branzino in Lemongrass Coconut Milk via Salty Seattle
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Branzino Crostini: Separate the meat into bite-sized portions. Slice a baguette into small discs, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the sliced baguettes until crisp and golden. Add the fish on top of the baguette along with a little coconut milk and garnish with lime zest.
16. Lemongrass Poached Pears via Quickies on the Dinner Table
Appetizer Twist, Lemongrass Pear Crumble: Cook the poached pear until still firm and let cool. Remove the core, dice the pears and mix with flour and sugar until lightly pasty. Place the pear mixture into a small, buttered, oven-safe bowl, top with Barefoot Contessa’s delicious crumble topping and bake until golden.
17. Lemongrass and Tofu Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) via Battle of the Banh Mi
Appetizer Twist, Lemongrass and Tofu Crostini: Slice a baguette into small discs, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the sliced baguettes until crisp and golden. Add the tofu and Banh Mi condiments to the baguette and garnish with your favorite herb.
Thanks to all you lemongrass lovers for the appetizer inspiration. I hope you are full of lemongrass flavor and if you want more, share your clever lemongrass ideas in comments!
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