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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Crispy Crunchy Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Dipping Sauce

Sesame seeds and oil are associated with Chanukkah traditionally and this recipe combines them both. These chicken pieces are very flavorful and crispy. They make a nice appetizer, or are also an excellent addition to the Simple Olive-Dijon Salad. Simply omit making the dipping sauce.

Crispy Crunchy Chicken Bites:

2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 pound boned and skinned chicken breasts
3/4 cup finely ground blanched almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 cups vegetable oil

Apricot Mustard Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon boiling water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Crispy Crunchy Chicken Bites:

Mix together the garlic, ginger, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a large sturdy sealable plastic bag. Slice the chicken breasts into 1 inch slices. Place the chicken into the marinade and refrigerate overnight. Mix together the ground almonds and sesame seeds. Heat about 2 inches of the oil over medium heat in a large skillet to about 350 degrees. Dip the chicken pieces into the almond sesame mixture and deep fry several at a time until golden brown on each side, about one minute. If they brown too fast, remove the skillet from the heat for a few minutes and reduce the heat. Drain the chicken thoroughly on paper towels before serving hot with the dipping sauce.

Apricot Mustard Dipping Sauce:

Melt the apricot preserves in a small saucepan until smooth. In a small serving bowl mix the mustard and hot water until smooth. Blend the apricots and lemon juice into the mustard mixture and garnish if desired. Set aside to cool. Can be made up to two days in advance and can be served chilled, at room temperature, or warm.

Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: Overnight
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes, plus overnight marinating

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