Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What's Cooking Wednesday!!! - Prawn Crackers

Today I have a long time favorite of mine to share with everyone. Prawn crackers! Not the ones you buy already made in store but the ones you make at home. I learned how to do this when I was young kidlet and have loved them ever since. In case you don't have any clue about what I'm talking about I decided to take some pictures the last time I was making some.

The first thing you'll need to do is turn on your deep fryer. If you don't have one you can also heat up oil in a pot but please be careful. My sister accidentally burnt down a kitchen being careless with oil on the stove.

Prawn Crackers come in different varieties and brands. Some also come in different colors and flavours. The blue box are the ones I having been eating for years. Recently I discovered they also come in red which actually makes them a cute pink color. The box on the right are ones I picked up just to try. They are multi colored and all taste slightly different. I've tried other brands in the past but the blue box is my favorite so far.

Here you can see the difference in color before they are cooked. At this stage they are hard little ovals.

Once the oil is ready go ahead and drop one in as a test. If it puffs up right away the oil is ready to go. If you have a fryer basket like mine you can drop a few in at a time with no worry. If you are doing it manually do one at a time with a set of metal tongs. I used to throw one in as I was taking one out before I had the fryer. Now that I have the fryer I dump 6-8 in at a time.

Fun, right!? It's totally fun to watch the first few times. They go from this hard little chip to a fluffy white cloud. Once they stop growing get them out of there. Make sure to shake off any excess oil.

Dump them onto some paper towel. I usually put a few sheets on a cookie sheet to soak up any oil that was missed. Once you have a layer of them, lightly sprinkle with salt.

After a few basket fulls you should end up with a nice little pile of snacks. If there are left overs place them in a freezer bag to keep them fresh. I did a little mix here to show what they look like when cooked.

I like to make these when we have company because they are fun to share with people. Sometimes when we have company and I make sushi and wonton soup I will make some of these for snacking on as part of the nights theme. Delicious!

1 comment:

Canadian Saver said...

Tooo cool! I'd never seen these at all... Are they like the ones you get in restaurants? Do you add any seasoning?