Shrimp Crostini

AKA as Shrimpy a La Jess

The easiest gourmet recipe ever.  You will be an all-star and it takes less than 15 minutes.

  • J’s Awesome Salsa
  • Fresh or defrosted medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • French bread or baguette
  • Olive oil

Heat salsa in a medium sauté pan over medium low.  Whilst warming, slice bread into slices at an angle and brush with olive oil.  Toast face down in a pan or place on parchment-lined baking sheet and toast in the oven (each oven is different, so you may prefer to broil for 2-4 minutes or bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes)

Once salsa is hot, add the shrimp and gently cook for 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp is bright pink and fully cooked through.  Gently toss shrimp in sauce.

Stack 2-3 toast points on each plate and sprinkle paprika around the plate edges for presentation.  Top points with the shrimp and sauce and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

The Wine, Cheese & Etc. Forage

Many people feel that they cannot enjoy a proper meal without taking the time for shopping, preparing and cooking.  And who has the time for that?  Your partner and friends can always enjoy a good forage:

The Cheese.  Don’t think you have to be a total foodie to compile a good cheese arrangement.  Start with some opposites, such as a cheddar and some brie. Whatever you like.  

The Wheat.  A couple of different types of crackers will do, and maybe any leftover french bread.

The Drink. That’s what friends are for. Have them bring the bottle (s).

The Etc.  A good dry salami, delicate prosciutto or basic ham from your local deli counter (or whatever is left in your fridge) is always a good compliment to the cheese.

Arrange 3-4 cheeses, the wheat and the etc. on a large wooden cutting board or serving platter and have the wine glasses waiting.  If you have a herb garden, grab whatever is the most plentiful and use as a garnish on the tray.

The point is that you will be sitting down to a nutritious (but yes, high in fat) meal with good company that takes little prep time.  

Some cheese and wine experts may balk at my advice.  True, some people go all out, supplying proper utensils such as cheese knives and researching the proper wine to accompany each type of cheese. Now that takes time.  I’d rather get on with it and enjoy the food and the company, the most important part!