Friday, March 25, 2011

Shrimp Brushcetta

I love Italian food whether it is pasta, tomatoes, cheese, herbs or bread. I feel their food is very traditional and balanced with all the colors and ingredients and of course cheese. I made this recipe for dinner, which turned out to be too good to just sit in front of the TV and relax and eat dinner without messing up the kitchen as well as my hands. :-)

Bruschetta is an appetizer from central Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red peppertomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, and/or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomatogarlic and onion or mozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. In Italy, Bruschetta is often prepared using a brustolina grill. This was a way of salvaging bread that was going stale.

1/2 lb Shrimp devein'd and cleaned
1-clove of Garlic chopped
1 Shallot chopped
1/4 cup flat leaf Parsley Chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
3-4 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Butter
1 long Italian Bread/Brushcetta

1. Cut the bread diagonally into 1 1/2 inch thick slices with a serrated knife and brush with half of the olive oil and sprinkle little salt and pepper.
2. Heat a Grill pan and place the bread slices and cook for about 1-2 mins each side or until you get nice grill marks on it.
3. If you do not have a grill pan you can use regular pan else in a baking sheet arrange the bread slices and broil it in oven for about 1 min each side or until the top of the bread turns slight brown and crispy.
4. In a pan add olive oil and butter, when it's medium hot add garlic and shallots, salt and pepper and sate it until the shallots become translucent.
5. Add the shrimp and cook for about 5-6 mins or until the shrimp turns pink in color.
6. Now add the chopped parsely and off the flame and mix well.
7. In a serving plate arrange the grilled bread and take the shrimp and arrange around 4-5 shrimps on each bread and pour the rest of the mixture over the top or spoon it and serve it hot or warm.

Note: This can be served as an appetizer or snack too and best as a crowd pleaser.

I found another Brushcetta recipe from net which caught my eyes. See this link too from My

Re-posting this recipe to participate in event hosted by Krithi - Event Name: Serve it - Grilled