Monday, July 12, 2010

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Here's a really simple appetizer that you can throw together in about 10 minutes. Lemon and garlic make a great combination of flavors and this is sure to be a hit at your next party. This would even be great as a meal, heated and served with angel hair pasta.

Source: EatingWell.com

3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 pounds cooked shrimp

Place garlic and oil in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss with shrimp in a large bowl. Chill until ready to serve.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Per serving: 73 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 92 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 0 g fiber; 154 mg sodium; 108 mg potassium.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These little pizza bites are a fun appetizer (or future meal in our case) made of a puffy pizza crust, cheese and pepperoni. Dipped in sauce it's the perfect bite size piece of pizza. As I mixed up the dough, I added some extra seasoning to give a little more flavor. I added some garlic and italian seasoning. I saw this recipe on Milk & Honey and as she mentions, these would be fun to change up with different fillings - like bacon & cheddar (yum).

Source: Everyday with Rachael Ray

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk (I used 1% with fine results)
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil


Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Serves 4.

Note: These can be made ahead of time. Place baked puffs on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a storage bag. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees, place puffs on a baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until warm.
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