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Make-at-Home Restaurant Favorites

Most people are cooking a lot more at home these days, which has been fun… mostly.  But don’t you miss some of your favorite special foods?!?!

We do!  Which is why we’re sharing some meal-time inspiration in the form of special-style recipes that are easy to make, with ingredients from your local Harris Teeter. 

Whether you’re missing your favorite appetizer or craving a bowl of comfort food, we’ve got some recipes you need to try.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

No need to order take-out tonight!  These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps make a great low-carb dinner that the whole family will enjoy!  

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. seasoned white wine vinegar
  • up to 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Sriracha, to taste
  • 1 tsp. HT Traders Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Vegetable Oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 8 oz. HT Traders Diced Water Chestnuts, rinsed and drained
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Romaine or iceberg lettuce, leaves separated, for serving

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha (if using), and sesame oil and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add the white onion and stir fry until soft, about five minutes.  Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the ground chicken and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until cooked through.
  4. Pour in the sauce and cook for two minutes more, until slightly thickened.  Turn off the heat and stir in the water chestnuts and sliced green onions.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. 
  5. Scoop chicken mixture into prepared lettuce wraps and garnish with additional Sriracha, if desired.

Kickin' Shrimp

Meet Kickin' Shrimp, our version of the popular fried shrimp appetizer coated in a sweet and spicy cream sauce.  Make a double batch, it’s THAT good.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Simple Truth Organic Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup HT Traders Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Sriracha
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup Harris Teeter Buttermilk
  • ¾ cup Cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Simple Truth Organic Canola Oil, for frying
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish
  • Special Tools:  deep fry thermometer

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha until smooth.  Set aside.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and add them to a medium sized bowl.  Pour in the buttermilk and stir to coat.  Allow to rest five minutes.
  3. In a second bowl, stir together cornstarch, a heavy pinch of salt, and a sprinkling of pepper. 
  4. Using tongs, remove the shrimp from the buttermilk, let the excess buttermilk drip off, then place them in the cornstarch to coat them thoroughly.
  5. In a heavy bottomed pan, add three inches of oil and heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  A deep-frying thermometer is very helpful with this step!
  6. In batches, fry the shrimp until golden, about 2 minutes.  Remove to a paper towel.
  7. Once the shrimp are all cooked, yet still hot, toss with the prepared sauce and sprinkle with green onions.
  8. Serve immediately.

Frozen Lemonade

With tart lemonade and vanilla ice cream, our Frozen Lemonade is best enjoyed on a hot summer day by the pool or on the front porch!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 quarts Harris Teeter All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Optional: whipped cream and cherries

Directions:

  1. Place lemon juice, sugar and water in a blender and process on high until sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Add ice cream to the blender and process until smooth.  Ladle into cups and garnish with whipped cream and cherries, if desired.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This soup is easy to make at home, plus you can enjoy it in your PJ’s!  Serve this Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bread bowl or with your favorite crusty bread for a cozy dinner recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Salted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Harris Teeter All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Harris Teeter chicken Cooking Stock
  • 1 ½ cups Harris Teeter Half & Half
  • 8 oz. Harris Teeter Cheesy Melt
  • 1 cup Harris Teeter Shredded Mild Cheddar
  • ¼ tsp. Simple Truth Organic Ground Mustard Seed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook over medium heat until softened and lightly browned, about three minutes.  Stir in the flour, until no white bits remain.
  2. Add the broth and half and half to the pan, whisking until the mixture thickens, about 7-8 minutes.  Reduce the heat to a low simmer, then add broccoli and carrots.  Cook for another 10 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the cheeses, mustard and season to taste.  Cook, stirring often, until smooth and the cheese is well incorporated, another 5 minutes or so. 
  4. Serve with warm sliced bread, if desired.

Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.