Grilled Shrimp Toast Panini
Grilled not fried Shrimp Toasts - a modern twist.
Dipping Sauce recipe too !
Makes 24 pieces.
12 slices bread, whole grain white
3/4 cup shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 pinch salt and pepper
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large egg white
2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and chopped
1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup scallions, cleaned and chopped
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water chestnuts, drained and lightly chopped
1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons canola oil
Sauté the chopped shiitake mushrooms in a small stick proof skillet
with 2 t. oil until just golden, about 3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a food processor, add the next eight ingredients ( shrimp through salt. )
Pulse until chunky. Add the water chestnuts and cooled shiitake mushrooms and pulse until almost smooth. Place the mixture in a bowl, and refrigerate for an hour, or overnight.
Roll out the bread slices until flattened slightly.
Cut off crusts, and cut each into perfect squares.
Cut each slice into 4 triangles, 2 paninis per slice.
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto a bread triangle.
Top with another piece of bread to make a sandwich.
Place all sandwiches on a plate. When done, put the sesame seeds on a small plate. Dip each of three edges of the sandwiches into the seeds. coating the sides.
Heat canola oil in a grill pan. Over medium heat grill 4 sandwiches at a time.
Use a pastry brush, and brush the tops and sides with some oil from the pan.
When grill marks show in the first side, flip over with a spatula, and after 1 minute, press. I use a cast iron grill pan, and a cast iron press.
Keep the press on for 30 seconds, and place all paninis in a baking pan.
Toast in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 5 - 7 minutes, or until cooked through. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
Serve warm with dipping sauce.
In a small sauce pan add :
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce, 1T. seasoned rice vinegar, 1T. mirin,
1 t. minced ginger, 1 t. minced garlic, 2T. chicken stock, 1 T. minced scallions,
2T. sugar and 2" piece of lemon grass ( or some lemon rind .)
Bring to a boil, then simmer just 5 minutes.
Nice additions :
sesame seeds, fresh mint sprig and or sprinkle of hot pepper flakes.
Source: Karen Sheer