Friday, February 5, 2010

chinese new year party

Last weekend Stacy threw a Chinese New Year party at her house. It was so fun and the food was amazing. Stacy and her mom are fabulous cooks. We thought we would share some of the details of her party with you, so you can plan your own Chinese New Year party. Mark your calendars because it is February 14th and it is the year of the tiger! Yes, it's on Valentines you could have a really fun Chinese dinner and then move onto Valentine's Day for dessert!

The food as I mentioned was amazing. The menu included lettuce wraps, spring rolls, egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, and edamame. We wanted to share some of the recipes with you so you can re-create them in your own home for your own party.

Stacy's Chicken Lettuce Wraps
2 chicken breasts, diced
Cook in a skillet with a little bit of oil.

When the chicken is done, add the following:
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
2-3 Tbsp. soy sauce
cilantro to taste

Cook and stir. When it is done, serve with peanut sauce in lettuce.

Sweet and Sour Chicken
Light Batter:
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup water
1 egg slightly beaten
Mix all together.

2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
juice from one 20 oz can of pineapple (save pineapple for garnishing the dish later)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. ketchup

Make your sauce first and keep it warm. Mix everything in a saucepan on low heat. Stir until thickened. You can add red food coloring if you want it to be more red.

Next, cut your chicken into pieces and dip in light batter. Fry until golden brown. While frying your chicken you may want to saute cut pieces of bell pepper and onions. You don't want them to be too soft. Just a little softened, but still crispy. Mix the fried chicken, pepper, and onion and sweet and sour sauce until the chicken is evenly coated. Serve hot with rice.

We posted the homemade egg roll recipe a while ago on our blog. You can click here for the recipe.

Stacy had some fabulous decorations and party favors. It really added to the party and was so fun for all the guests.

We all got to take home some oranges and candy and a red envelope of lucky money. How fun! Stacy will be posting about how to make your own red envelopes soon, so keep your eye out for that. Thanks for a wonderful night, Stacy. It was an all around great time!

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8 Responses to “chinese new year party”

Unknown said...

What a fun party and great idea. Everything looks so delish.

Have a great weekend.
Kate - The Garden Bell

Elaine A said...

I am so hungry now after looking at all those goodies! YUMMY!

Elaine Allen

Lisa said...

Those look great! What a fun excuse for a party!

Kim said...

These treats look so yummy!

Just wanted to say thanks for the blog party last night! You gals are awesome and did a great job. I know you guys were nervous, but it went great. I love my garland, and I even made one this afternoon that I'll have to blog about soon! Thank you again for a wonderful party!

Unknown said...

Oh that looks so delicious!! Makes me want all of that food right now!


Valerie said... I have to file this even though it has nothing to do with crafting. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Hey ladies, I can't wait to try these recipes. (Actually, I can wait but I don't want to.) I will be having my CNY party because of your blog next week. I am featuring a few different posts from your blog at Y'all rock!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Oh I just made the lettuce wraps and they were so delish and easy! I will make these monthly at my home!!! I'm trying the sweet and sour chicken later this week. Thanks for the recipes!

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