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Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

More Holiday Party Nibbles & Hors d’oeuvres for 2023

Must-Make Crave-Worthy Appetizers for People Who Love Party Food!
32 of them! Includes my favorite Creative & Healthier options from Latkes to Crostinis.
Get the party started! 

Latkes:

Hanukkah Latkes are that ethereal treat; a potato mixture made by dropping large tablespoons into a skillet of shimmering, hot oil.

Karen's Best Latke
Karen’s Best Latke

Latkes are crispy, naturally sweet, salty and irresistible— so good, it’s a shame we wait all year to enjoy them!
I use 2 kinds of potatoes, include veggies and 3 kinds of onions in the batter.
For a Gluten-Free version, simply use a all-purpose gluten free flour blend in place of the flour for great results.

The Best Butternut Squash Latkes! (an updated “potato” pancake)
The Best Butternut Squash Latkes! (an updated “potato” pancake)

A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.
Butternut Squash with warm spices makes a delicious sweet latke. These latkes have a pinch of sugar, cinnamon and grated nutmeg (grated apple too!) 
I love the flavor of these warm spices. Crispy, naturally sweet, salty and irresistible!
Looking for the perfect applesauce recipe? Homemade Applesauce – My Favorite TRY this one!

Host an Appetizer-Only Dinner Party!

  • A wonderful way to show off your cooking talents ~ choose at least 6 different appetizers for a well rounded spread
  • Choose finger foods and some dips (my fondue is EASY and a real crowd pleaser; homemade rolls can be made, frozen and reheated.)
  • Use a smaller size than dinner plates for guests ~ 5″ – 6″ is perfect. I love using vintage plates – all can be a different style & color, or choose natural square bamboo plates (you can purchase online)
  • Add a Dessert Station with three of your favorite pick-up recipes (I have ideas for that!)
  • Pair wines and drinks with food… Tempranillo or Garnacha goes great with Spanish-style food / Alsace Reisling with cheese fondue / Crisp Sauvignon Blanc with Seafood / Chardonnay or Pinot Noir with Crostinis
  • Get Organized! Prep what you can a day or two before the gathering. Get ready to pop in the oven what needs to be reheated. Platter what you can ahead of time – refrigerate if necessary.

These next Four Appetizers:
I prepared and we all devoured at my Cooking Class November 29th:

A few bites of heaven ~ this Spanish tapas recipe has authentic Spanish flavors with sautéed sliced cremini mushrooms, a smoked paprika aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and topped with Spanish Mahón cheese
Spanish Tapas with Mushrooms, Smoked Paprika Aioli and Mahón Cheese

Tapas ~ little bites of tasty foods with bold flavors from Spain. Crispy baguette slices covered with a quick sauté of mushrooms, spiked with sherry & brandy and topped with a delicious Spanish cheese until melted and bubbly.
Many at the class raved about the the Smoked Paprika Aioli – a flavorful, garlicky mayonnaise… added a fabulous creamy & flavorful dimension to the crostinis.

Smoked Paprika Aioli (Spanish garlicky mayonnaise)
Smoked Paprika Aioli (Spanish garlicky mayonnaise)

Whisked by hand in a few minutes ~ a smokey, garlicky mayonnaise with a zesty flavor. An ingredient in my Spanish Mushroom Tapas Recipe. Use wherever you need a super-flavorful mayonnaise.

Caesar Salad Tacos with Parmesan Crisps
Caesar Salad Tacos with the Parmesan Crisps

Ready for a Umami-rich treat? A creative genius recipe that is so delicious and low in carbs!
All your favorite Caesar Salad Ingredients – I love to add roasted red peppers too. Gluten Free – no problem! I have used gluten free bread for the garlic croutons. Make with: Karen’s Parmesan Crisps – Master Recipe with Flavoring Suggestions

Crab Tostadas Bites with Avocado-Cucumber Mash
Crab Tostadas Bites with Avocado-Cucumber Mash

Irresistible Zesty Pick-Up Appetizer ~ Crispy, crunchy and creamy – all the textures come together; a special recipe for Holiday Entertaining… Gluten Free.
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat’s flavor is left to shine… additions are bright and flavorful: mango, red pepper, chives,  jalapeño, lime juice and and the littlest bit of mayo to bind.

Pecan Chicken and Waffle Appetizer with Sautéed Collards and Maple-Bourbon Drizzle
Pecan Chicken and Waffle Appetizer with Sautéed Collards and Maple-Bourbon Drizzle

The Ultimate Appetizer with Southern Charm ~ Grilled Chicken with Pecans and a Maple-Bourbon Glaze on top of crisp Buttermilk Waffles and Sweet and Sour Sautéed Collard Greens.  See: Karen’s Buttermilk Waffles and Sautéed Collard Greens – Sweet and Sour

Crostini:

BLT & C Crostini ~ Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese
BLT & C Crostini ~ Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese
The ultimate healthy appetizer – a crisp garlicky baguette slice covered with oozing brie cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a touch of spiked mayo.
What’s great is you can make this appetizer ahead of time. Simply brush the baguette slices with a garlic oil (see recipe) and crisp in the oven for a few minutes. Cut the brie into chunks to fit, and place in the oven just to melt.
When your guests arrive, heat until warm… top & serve.
Goat Cheese and Garlic Pâté with Walnuts and Chives ~ Balsamic-Honey Drizzle
Goat Cheese and Garlic Pâté with Walnuts and Chives ~ Balsamic-Honey Drizzle
A wonderful spread with roasted garlic cloves for a mellow touch. Add some zest with the balsamic-honey drizzle. Holiday Entertaining just got a little easier with this tempting pâté – the perfect appetizer!
Fall Crostini with Whipped Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese and Fresh Figs
Fall Crostini with Whipped Roasted Butternut Squash Goat Cheese and Fresh Figs

THE Fall Appetizer (Winter too!)– almost too pretty to eat featuring in-season Fresh Figs.
Goat Cheese is whipped with Roasted Butternut Squash and topped with Fresh Figs, Maple-Balsamic Drizzle and Fresh Rosemary. Satisfying, Easy and Real Crowd Pleasers! Just filling enough with healthful ingredients.

Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie
Party Caramelized Red Onions & Apple Baked Brie

A crowd-pleasing Melty-Cheese Appetizer that’s easy to make and fun to eat! Toast up some bread and slather on top.
Sauté Red Onions low & slow, add apples and seasonings and simply top a wheel of brie and bake.

Mediterranean Appetizer on Pita Crisps:

Mediterranean Slow-Baked Appetizer with Feta, Colorful Peppers, Olives & Garlic
Mediterranean Slow-Baked Appetizer with Feta, Colorful Peppers, Olives & Garlic

A wonderful and easy appetizer for the holidays all will enjoy! Spread on toasted bread and soak up all the amazing flavors. Cooks slowly in the oven until the peppers actually melt into the olive oil. Serve with toasted pita triangles or toasted baguette slices.

My Favorite Deviled Eggs:

My Favorite Deviled Eggs: Grainy Mustard, Purple Scallions, Thyme and a Crisp and Lacy Baked Cheese Frico Makes Them Pungent and Zesty
Deviled Eggs with Purple Scallions and Crisp Cheese Frico

Includes Grainy Mustard, Purple Scallions, Thyme and a Crisp and Lacy Baked Cheese Frico Makes Them Pungent and Zesty. See: How to Hard-Boil Eggs: Best Way Is To Steam Them!

Parmesan Crisps - Master Recipe with Flavoring Suggestions
Parmesan Crisps – Master Recipe with Flavoring Suggestions

These are so easy, crunchy & delicious! The crisps are made with grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and your choice of seasonings (I have many suggestions!)
Easy Parmesan Crisps can be made into clever Caesar Salad Tacos… I use them on top of the Deviled Eggs above.
Also – serve them with a cheese & charcuterie board for any gathering!

Vegan Crispy Kale Chips:

Spicy Red Kale Chips with Cashews and Miso
Spicy Red Kale Chips with Cashews and Miso
Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Recipe: Baked in a low oven, or Raw; made in a dehydrator. Make a flavor paste~seasoned topping and simply massage into leaves and bake. An explosion of flavor!
Another Kale Chip Recipe I Love ~
Homemade Kale Chips are crunchy with an addictive flavor, yet they have few calories and are a source of several essential nutrients. The ultimate healthy snack!
Tahini Sesame Kale Chips with Za’atar Seasonings
Tahini Sesame Kale Chips with Za’atar Seasonings

Crispy, light & flavorful – these chips are quite easy to make. The ultimate healthy snack! Massage into the leaves – the Tahini Sesame paste with Za’atar Seasonings.

Mushrooms:

Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms

The pick up appetizer that’s a party-pleaser, your guests will ask you for the recipe! Ring in the holidays & New Year with these make-ahead delicious morsels. A favorite party food – stuffed mushrooms are satisfying and these take on an Italian, Tuscan flair.  A hearty chicken, vegetable & cheese filling – you can also have as a satisfying entrée instead of an appetizer.

Tuscan Marinated Mushrooms
Tuscan Marinated Mushrooms

Deeply fragrant mushrooms team with flavorful Tuscan spices – coated with a wine-lemon-olive oil marinade. Tangy, delicious, and easy to make. Simplicity is central to the Tuscan cuisine. A wonderful appetizer that tops baguette slices – or any good bread.

Extra Cheesy:

Swiss fondue done right with the addition of garlic and chives. Serve with my amazing Mini Dinner Rolls with Flaky Salt!

Karen’s Cheesy Swiss Fondue with Garlic & Chives

Really simple, easy and fun to prepare! Ingredients for fondue – it’s a short and simple list: white wine, apple cider, cider vinegar, Swiss Gruyere Cheese & Emmental Cheese, cornstarch & garlic. 

Karen’s Master Dinner Mini Roll Recipe with Swiss Fondue

Karen’s Master Dinner Mini Roll Recipe with Swiss Fondue

Softened Garlic and Fresh Chives makes this Classic Fondue special!

While fondue might be the ultimate party food- I’m in the mood for it’s silky, stingy texture and assertive flavor, and have decided to have a fondue night at home. Indulgent, okay just a little, but it only sounds fancy – it’s incredible simple to make!
I really got into the idea and decided to make these master mini dinner rolls for dunking (bread cubes will do too!)

Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue
Spinach & Chicken Meatball Appetizer with Fontina Fondue
I could eat a dozen of these guys and be very happy!  The perfect pick-up appetizer with flavors all will devour.
To assemble: cut bread rounds  – gluten free or regular, give them a quick toast, then top with marinara, a warm spinach chicken mini meat ball and top off with fontina cheese fondue. Add a skewer and serve.

Loads of Spinach mixed in to Freshly Ground Chicken – that you grind! This makes the most delicious and nutritious meatballs with an amazing texture.
Shortbread Linzer Thins sandwiched with Tomato Jam
Savory Cheese Shortbread Linzer Thins sandwiched with Tomato Jam

A creative play on the beloved “Linzer Cookie”  – savory, cheesy melt-in-your-mouth shortbread sandwiched with Tomato Jam!
Your company will be amazed! Makes a spectacular and inventive hors d’oeuvre for you next gathering or party.
Also serve the thins open-faced – with a dollop of jam and a chunk of your favorite cheese.

I’m turning the Linzer Cookie upside down – what is traditionally a sweet cookie is now a savory upscale treat!

Garlic Pizza with head of roasted garlic
Garlic Garlic Pizza! 
Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough is topped with a Roasted Garlic purée, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, dollops of Ricotta Cheese & Marinara and Chopped Garlic. Fresh Oregano & Basil with a pinch of Hot Pepper Flakes add to this crave-worthy Pizza! Who wouldn’t love a taste of pizza at any party? Make the dough a day in advance and the recipe is a breeze.

Seafood:

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer
Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Shrimp is always a party pleaser! Cooks quickly – Sautéed Shrimp in a Hearty Garlic Herbal Butter Sauce Skewered with a Cube of Sourdough Bread to Soak up the Flavors.
I’ve added a boost of flavor with fresh herbs, scallions and jalapeño.
The perfect Holiday or Party Appetizer!

Modern Shrimp Louis: A Comeback for a Classic Dish
Modern Shrimp Louis: A Comeback for a Classic Dish

A Comeback for a Classic Dish! This fresh, seafood-rich trendsetter recipe of the early 20th century takes on a modern flair with Fresh (not frozen) Pink Shrimp and a zippy Louis Sauce.
Here I serve as a salad – for the Holidays ~ add shrimps and sauce on a platter – skewer them , and watch them disappear!

Smoked Salmon Lollipops
Smoked Salmon Lollipops

No one will be able to resist these savory lollipops. Thin sliced, luminous smoked salmon around zesty cream cheese – the perfect pick-up appetizer for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
Looking for a fabulous Vegan Cream Cheese? Try my recipe! Karen’s Vegan Cream Cheese

Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp – they’re baked!
Homemade Panko Popcorn Spiced Shrimp – they’re baked!

Crispy, Crunchy and Drenched in Homemade Panko Crumbs ~ these delicious morsels are baked on a rack, not deep fried. I’m craving something crispy & sweet yet savory – these Popcorn Shrimp fit the bill! (Yes ok to use packaged panko.)
Plunge them into this luscious & piquant Lemony Aioli Dip (recipe)

Vegan “Crab Cakes”:

Karen's Vegan "Crab Cakes"
Karen’s Vegan “Crab Cakes”

Healthy, Vegan & Delicious!
Filled with Chickpeas, Artichoke Hearts and Hearts of Palm (which mimics the look of crab) ~ Herbs & Spices.
Make minis for Hors d’oeuvres or larger ones for a delicious Main Course Meal.

Nuts to Crunch:

Curry Coconut Slow Roasted Nuts
Curry Coconut Slow Roasted Nuts

Add some crunch to any gathering. Raw cashews are soaked for easier digestion and are cooked in a slow oven until golden and crispy. Coat with sweet and savory, addictive seasonings: curry powder, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, smoked paprika, pink sea salt, coconut nectar, coconut palm sugar and unsweetened shredded coconut.

Rosemary & Spice Mixed Nuts
Rosemary & Spice Mixed Nuts

Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds and Brazil Nuts are roasted in a slow oven until fragrant and lightly golden. Kissed with fresh rosemary and a hints of a sweet-salty flavor. No overwhelming flavors, all complement each other.

Dip In:

Karen’s Creamy Hummus with Harissa
Karen’s Creamy Hummus with Harissa

Hummus gets a flavor boost with aromatic and a bit fiery Harissa (an easy to make versatile condiment.) Harrisa is a flavor-bomb sauce/condiment and pairs wonderfully with mellow hummus – a North African spicy chili paste — the Sriracha of the Middle East. Serve with crudités, pita and interesting tortilla chips (mine are beet flavored.)

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip
Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

Dip Into This!  A Updated, Healthy Lightened-Up Roast Garlic and Onion Dip. (Yes I had the Lipton soup version growing up…)
Need holiday dip that doesn’t break the calorie bank?
A real crowd pleaser  – there won’t be any leftovers! This is a REDUX recipe – a healthier version of Lipton Soup Mix Dip.
Serve with crudités as well, pictured: roasted sweet potatoes. Can serve with good potato chips for a throwback to the 70’s! 

Warm Asparagus and Spinach Dip – Lightened Up
Warm Asparagus and Spinach Dip – Lightened Up

A Killer Dip that won’t kill your waistline! This delicious warm dip is a perfect appetizer for holidays, gatherings & game day! Asparagus replaces artichokes for a flavor-twist. A bevy of vegetables. Asparagus seems to be in many markets at this time… could substitute other green veggies like broccolini. 

Coming Soon:

Holiday Rocky Road Candy - Gluten Free
Holiday Rocky Road Candy – Gluten Free

Happy Holidays to all!
Karen

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Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Karen's Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

Sautéed Shrimp in a Hearty Garlic Herbal Butter Sauce Skewered with a Cube of Sourdough Bread to Soak up the Flavors
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
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Ingredients

Shrimp:

  • 1 pound raw shrimp I used Florida Pink Shrimp, fresh not frozen, about 15 per pound 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic  peeled, finely grated (or minced)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 grates freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Bread:

  • 2 cups 2 cups sourdough bread cubes 1″ x ½” crusts removed  

Scampi Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves  peeled, sliced thinly 
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeño minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup scallions white & light greens, thinly sliced on the diagonal  
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves lightly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves lightly chopped
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter I use organic
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves lightly chopped (for garnish)        

Instructions

Clean and Marinate Shrimp:

  • Clean and devein shrimp, remove tail. Add to a bowl with 1  1/2 teaspoons grated garlic, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 6 grates of cracked pepper and 1 teaspoon thyme leaves. Cover, refrigerate 20 minutes.

Sourdough Bread Cubes:

  • (Look for thick sliced bread, or cut from a loaf.)
    Place the bread cubes on a rimmed baking tray to fit. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and toast for 5 – 7 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Do not crisp until hard, just lightly golden. Set aside.

Shrimp and Scampi Sauce:

  • Heat a 12 – 14″ skillet with 2 tablespoons olive oil – set heat to medium-high. Add the marinated shrimp. Let lightly brown on first side – do not stir! Cook for one minute. Turn the shrimps over with tongs, let lightly brown on second side – do not stir! Cook for one minute.
    Remove shrimps to a plate. Shrimp should be just cooked through.* Will have brown bits in the pan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, raise heat to low-medium. Add sliced garlic and jalapeño. Stir one minute.Add white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring for one minute – stirring up all browned bits, until slightly reduced. Add scallions, rosemary and thyme – stir.
  • Add cold butter, 2 tablespoons at a time – swirl in, using a fork. Continue with the rest of the butter (6 tablespoons in all) until the sauce has emulsified. Do not raise heat, as the sauce could “break.” Stir in sea salt.
  • Skewer the Bread Cube and Shrimp: Using a 4″ skewer, add a bread cube and shrimp on top, continue until all are used. (Extra bread cubes can be served on the side to soak up more sauce.)
  • Hint: the skewers will lie flat on the sauce – do not let the skewer extend too far below the bread.

To Serve:

  • Add warm sauce on a serving platter. Add Bread/Shrimp Skewers on top. Garnish all over with chopped parsley.

Making ahead of time:

  • Reheat sauce, if too thick add a tablespoon more of lemon juice or hot water.
    *Slightly undercook shrimp. Before serving, gently reheat the shrimp in a stick proof skillet until just heated through. Make skewers – add on top of the warm sauce on a platter, garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with plenty of napkins and small plates on the side.

Notes

Hint:
COURSE: Appetizer, Hors d'oeuvres
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: scampi appetizer, shrimp scampi skewer appetizer
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer
Amount per Serving
Calories
102
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
50
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
5854
mg
255
%
Potassium
 
70
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
0.4
g
0
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
294
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
32
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Skewered Shrimp Scampi Appetizer

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    • Jacqueline
    • 18 Dec 2023
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    5 stars
    So many yummy choices! Your deviled eggs are my go to appetizer in my home, I love the addition of the cheese frico, they are so easy to make. I will try some more recipes on your holiday list. Nice photography too.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jacqueline! Terrific you make the deviled eggs and enjoy them.. and yes – the cheese fricos add a layer of deliciousness.😀Karen

  1. Reply

    They all look amazing! I must try the shrimp scampi bites.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for the comment! I hope you love the wonderful Shrimp Scampi Bites (on skewers.) 😀Karen

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