Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shrimp Crostini


If you are going to any gatherings or hosting your own party this upcoming holiday weekend you might want to make these scrumptious shrimp appetizers! They are crowd pleasers for sure! I'll probably be making these delicious little morsels a lot over the summer. And trust me, if you make these they will all get snatched up and you will get lots of compliments and be asked to make them again!

Shrimp Crostini 

Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta bread, trimmed and cut into 14 (1/2-inch thick) slices
Olive oil, for drizzling
1 garlic clove, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large or 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons chopped parsley*
2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro*
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

  1. For the toasts: Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Rub the warm toasts with the cut side of the garlic. Set aside.
  3. For the topping: In a medium skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste, and add them to the skillet. Cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook over medium-high heat until the tomatoes start to soften, about 4 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat to high. Add the wine and scrape up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the stock and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tarragon, arugula, mascarpone cheese, and chopped shrimp. Stir until the mixture is creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Arrange the toasts on serving plates and drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
Serves 6.
* The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves and 1 packed cup arugula, chopped.  But since, I am not a fan of either, I substituted with parsley and cilantro and it was perfect!