Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chef Chuck's Summer Shrimp Appetizers

Summer Shrimp Appetizers

A scrumptious shrimp appetizer filled with grilled garden vegetables, a creamy sauce, cradled within a soft buttery puff. A perfect appetizer for the summer, to indulge in all of the gardens harvest.

12 large shrimp
1 medium zucchini
1 large onion
1 red pepper
2 teaspoons capers
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1/4 cup heavy cream
olive oil
salt and pepper

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup eggs, about 4-5

In a small saucepan on medium heat add water, milk, salt and butter heat to boil
remove from heat add flour and mix with a wooden spoon till ball forms, return to heat for 10 seconds. Place in mixer and cool for 7 minutes. Add lightly scrambled eggs slowly, batter should be smooth. Fill pastry bag and swirl dough in about 3-4" diameter circles. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes till golden brown. If you don't cook long enough they will collapse. Set aside.

Cut zucchini lengthwise about 1/4 thick, cut onions and peppers into quarters coat with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for 10-12 minutes. Peel shrimp, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper, grill shrimp till pink, this takes about 3 minutes, cut into small pieces. Divide vegetables in half, blend half along with 1 teaspoon capers, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons basil, salt and pepper, till you get a creamy mixture. Cut the other half of vegetables into small chunks. Cut open the puffs add a little creamy mixture then add chunks of vegetables and shrimp, top with a few capers, a teaspoon of creamy mixture and the top of the puff. Continue till all puffs are filled, enjoy. Makes 12 puffs.


  1. These do look delicious! Another use for the dreaded zucchini ;-))

  2. Hello Katiez,Your right we are in the middle of a seasonal "Zucchini overload":) ~Enjoy~

  3. mmmm...I could totally pop a few of these in my mouth and be content =) YUM!

  4. Hello girlichef,I am glad you like! Thank you

  5. Fantastic recipe!!! I can imagine ... the taste :))

  6. Hello George,I am glad you like! Yes this is a good blend of flavors! Thank you.