Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coconut Shrimp copycat inspired by Red Lobster

Quick Coconut Shrimp Recipe photo by Taste of Home

One of my favorite meals ever!  

This copycat recipe was inspired by Red Lobster's Parrot Isle Coconut Shrimp.

Can't wait to try out these shrimp as well as the Pina Colada Sauce!


1 pound uncooked jumbo shrimp (about 12), peeled and deveined
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Oil for deep-fat frying
1 jar (12 ounces) pineapple preserves
1 tablespoon frozen nonalcoholic pina colada mix, thawed


Starting with the tail, make a slit down the inner curve of each shrimp; press lightly to flatten. 

In three separate shallow bowls, place the flour, egg whites and coconut. 

Coat the shrimp with flour; dip into egg whites, then coat with the coconut.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. 

Fry shrimp, a few at a time, for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 

Drain on paper towels.

Pina Colada Sauce

In a small bowl, combine preserves and pina colada mix. 

Serve with shrimp. Yield: 4 servings.

Originally published as Coconut Fried Shrimp in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p46, Taste of Home

Inspired by: Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp from Red Lobster

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

National Cheesecake Day

PHILADELPHIA Classic Cheesecake

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

One of my favorite cookbooks is from Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is loaded with all types of cheesecake and other cream cheese delicacies.  The Classic, pictured above from their website, is the mother of all cheesecakes.  The link includes a video for this delicious and easy cheesecake.

Anyway, the cookbook is the most used in my collection and includes the cheesecake I make most often . . . Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

Click here for all of the cheesecake recipes on my blog.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Coconut Cream Cheese Pie

Both The Captain and I are big fans of desserts that include cream cheese . . . we are definitely making the pie this week!  

This recipe from is quick and easy . . . only 15 minute prep time!  

Please note the substitutions at the end of the recipe for flavor variations, how to make a lower fat version and how to toast coconut.


48 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)

1/4 cup butter, melted

1-1/4 cups BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, divided

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, divided

2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding (see substitutes at the end of recipe)

2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. cold milk, divided

2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping

1 Tbsp. sugar


Heat oven to 350ยบ F.

Combine wafer crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup coconut. 

Press into bottom of 9-inch pie plate. 

Bake 10 minutes. 


Microwave cream cheese in bowl on HIGH 10 seconds or just until softened.  Stir until creamy. 

Beat pudding mixes and 2 cups milk in large bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. 

Add half the cream cheese and mix well. Stir in 3/4 cup of the remaining coconut and 1 cup COOL WHIP.  Pour into crust.

Add sugar and remaining milk to remaining cream cheese and mix well. Stir in remaining COOL WHIP and spread over pie. 

Refrigerate 3 hours. 

Toast remaining coconut.
Sprinkle toasted coconut over pie just before serving.


Prepare using 

JELL-O Coconut Cream Flavor Instant Pudding 
. . . or . . . 
JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Vanilla Bean Flavor Pudding

For a lower fat version, substitute low fat or no fat milk and cream cheese.  I have used them in many recipes and can barely notice the difference.

How to Toast Coconut:

Spread BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut evenly in shallow baking pan. 

Bake at 350°F for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. 

Or, spread in microwave pie plate. 

Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every minute. 

Watch carefully as coconut can easily burn!

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