Asian Themed Cocktail Hour

If you are looking for clean, fresh, flavors, this Asian themed cocktail hour is just right for you…

When hosting supper club  (or a dinner party) at your house,  reserving an  hour  for cocktails and light fare as your guests  arrive can be a great start to the evening. That window before dinner can be quite lively as we catch up  with what’s been happening with one another. No wonder they call it “happy hour”. .. The idea is to engage your taste buds and get them ready for the meal that follows. Stick with finger foods light in  flavor and complementary to your menu. My Chicken and Lemongrass Skewers with Mint Dipping Sauce really fit the bill. I love the crunch of the water chestnuts, and hints of ginger root.  Serve with  ice cold  Lemongrass Martinis and you are all set!

Chicken and Lemongrass Skewers with Mint Dipping Sauce

Chicken and Lemongrass Skewers with Mint Dipping Sauce

1 pound ground chicken

1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger root

1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts

2 green onions (green part only), finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha hot chili sauce

2 teaspoons minced lemongrass

1/4 chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 lightly beaten egg

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (for frying)

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Form chicken mixture into 1-inch balls and add to skillet as you make them.  Cook 8-10 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned.  Drain on paper towels.  (May be made 1 day ahead. Cover, refrigerate and warm before serving). Serve with Mint Dipping Sauce.

8 servings

Mint Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup fish sauce

Juice of 2 limes

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons minced ginger root

2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon minced jalepeno pepper(with seeds)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Lemongrass Martini

Lemongrass Martini

1 750 ml bottle vodka
3 stalks lemongrass, coarsely chopped
2 to 3 whole cloves
Rose’s sweetened lime juice

Add lemongrass and cloves to vodka; infuse overnight.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour equal amounts of infused vodka and sweetened lime juice over ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glasses.

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