Every time the fresh, airy breezes of spring roll around, and the greenery comes to life again, I start craving the tastes of summer…light, fresh dishes…usually packed with fresh fish, tender veggies, and fine white wine. MMM! Doesn’t get better, to me at least. This recipe is both light and refreshing, brimming with vitamins A and C, and a healthy dose of lean protein.

Now, as you peruse this recipe, you may be asking yourself, “what the heck is a Satsuma?”  Don’t fret…I did the same and the first thought that sprung to my head was an overweight Japanese wrestler, which I might add was a disturbing prospect as an ingredient to add to a relish recipe. But, alas, I did a quick search, and turns out its a juicy, delicate little gourmet orange. Yum! So, enjoy this perfect little bite sized treat, and keep it handy to serve up to guests at your next summertime soiree.

Two-Bite Shrimp Pancakes & Satsuma Relish
Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 pound thawed peeled and deveined shrimp, finely chopped in a food processor
  2. 2 cups shredded carrots
  3. 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro (optional)
  4. 3 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari, divided
  5. 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  6. 2 eggs, beaten
  7. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. Natural cooking spray
  9. 3 Satsumas, peel and pith removed, segments chopped

Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together shrimp, carrots, cilantro, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, green onions, eggs and 3/4 cup water. Add flour and stir until combined.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; spray generously with cooking spray. Working in batches, use about 2 tablespoons of the shrimp mixture to form each pancake, spreading it out into a 2-inch round. Cook, flipping once, until deep golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Place finished pancakes on a rack on a large sheet tray in a 250°F oven to keep them warm as you go.
  4. Meanwhile, toss Satsumas with remaining 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Top pancakes with relish and serve immediately.

Nutrition:

Per serving (about 1oz/45g-wt.): 40 calories (5 from fat), 0.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 6g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 3g protein

Variations:

Simply remove the shrimp from this recipe to make this a vegetarian treat. You may want to substitute more vegetables or try using a firm tofu to “beef up” the recipe. Also, the use of cilantro is optional because many people genetically can only taste a mild soapy flavor when eating cilantro, which is quite unpleasant as you can imagine. Something to consider when cooking for a group.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 24

Meal type: hors d’oerves, light snack

Culinary tradition: Mediterranean

Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods.

 

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