of course, Jaden's photo is going to be a hundred times better
As you may or may not know, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen is in the process of writing her cookbook(!). As part of the process, Jaden called out to people to test her recipes. I, of course, answered the call.
This dish is her take on Tex-Mex "nachos".
First, the shrimp chips.
The chips I bought happened to be the colored kind. The uncooked discs are so pretty! They go into hot oil and puff up. This was actually the part that I thought would be a "hassle" (we're deep-fry averse), but it was relatively pain-free -- the chips puff up quite quickly so the whole process didn't take long at all.
Now for the Five-Spice Beef.
Actually, it was "Cinnamon Beef" when I tested the recipe, but I believe it may be amended to five-spice. This was also super-simple and easy. I can't give out the recipe here... you have to buy Jaden's book for that! =)
To start, I sautéed some aromatics, followed by the spices. The beef went in and so did the seasonings. As a final touch, some red bell peppers, cilantro and store-bought fried shallots.
The Five-Spice Beef goes on top of the shrimp chips (like the photo up top).
Or, in our case, we used the beef as our "dip" and ate the dish that way (see below).
This played the role of mid-afternoon snack quite nicely.
Posts featuring recipes tested from Jaden's Steamy Kitchen cookbook:
Tea-smoked Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Dijon Mustard
Shrimp Chips with Five-Spice Beef
Kimchi Fried Rice, an addiction
Crispy Tofu with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce
Sweet Soy Pork with Potato Chips