Meet the Contestants -- Chrissy Kapusi
Hello fellow Rachael Ray fans! My name is Chrissy Kapusi and I am from Brecksville, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). I grew up in Eastlake, Ohio. I am a certified real-estate appraiser and mother of two really cool kids. In my house it is like a diner and I am always on call. My children and I love carbs, however my significant other doesn't. That makes dinnertime pretty chaotic in my house. I love to cook and try new ingredients and spices. When my friends have parties or events, I am the first one they call to help out with the food. I have never entered a contest in my life before this. A dear friend of mine "forced" me to enter this one. One Italian meatloaf and a DVD later and here I am. Very surreal!
- 8 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on
- 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 4 slices pound cake (about 1/4" thick), cut in half lengthwise and toasted
- 8 scallions, dark green part only
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 3 fresh limes, juiced
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Sliced vegetables (such as cucumber, bell pepper, celery, or cherry tomato) for dipping
- 1 granny smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 slices pound cake (about 1/4" thick), cut in half lengthwise
Sweet & Savory Shrimp
In a medium size mixing bowl, toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning and set aside.
Place a medium skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for about 1 minute. Add the seasoned shrimp and sauté until the shrimp are cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
To serve, place each shrimp on a piece of toasted pound cake. Working carefully so as not to rip the scallion, tie it around the shrimp and toast, knotting it at the top for a decorative touch.
Fresh Yogurt Dips
In a medium mixing bowl combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, ground black pepper and paprika. Serve with sliced veggies for dipping.
Cinnamon Apple Pound Cake Squares
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine apple slices, lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar. Mix thoroughly, making sure to coat the apple slices evenly. Scatter the apple slices on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until softened, about 15 minutes.
To serve, top each slice of pound cake with a baked apple slice.
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