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Shrimp Appetizer

November 12, 2018

Target Healthy Eating

This is a delicious appetizer because of the sauce. It's attractive to serve the shrimp in real shells that wash well. I bought them on Amazon for very little. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here's a close-up. The garnish is tiny pieces of fresh parsley and some extra salmon roe, that is the main ingredient of the sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
I've experimented a lot with this recipe. Here is one of the first attempts, which turned out very well. The red garnish, here, is a tiny piece of fresh tomato. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Part of experimenting with this recipe was to try the sauce with cooked scallops. It was good and if you love scallops, give it a try. We liked the combo of shrimp & sauce best. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


13 slices of sour dough bread, crust removed, cold water to cover

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 fresh garlic clove, sliced

1 onion, roughly chopped

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 large lemon

1 cup orange salmon roe

1 pinch chili flakes

Very few ingredients. The shrimp were still in the fridge. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1. Place bread in a bowl, cover with water and let sit until the bread is well soaked, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain water from the bowl and squeeze all of the excess water from the bread. Pour water out of bowl.  With your hands, squeeze bread while still in bowl, to get more water out. Finally, place all the bread in a clean kitchen towel (not paper towel) and squeeze some more until more water is out of the bread.

2. While bread is soaking, get out a small skillet, turn heat to medium, add some of the olive oil, then the onion, garlic and chili flakes.  Saut? until the onion and garlic are soft and golden.

3. You need all of the olive oil in the skillet, and the chili flakes, so use a spatula to scrape everything out of the skillet and into a food processor.

4. To the food processor, add the rest of the olive oil, using a spatula to scrape the rest out of the measuring cup.

5. Slowly add the bread, while pulsing, the zest, and the lemon juice. Process until you get a very smooth consistency.

6. Finally, add the fish roe and continue to pulse until all the ingredients are well combined and smooth.

After you treat the bread and saute the onion, garlic and chili flakes, the sauce is made in a food processor. The sauce is the star of this new recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7. Use your spatula to scrape every little bit of sauce, out of the food processor and into a small bowl.  Set aside on the kitchen table, for use later.

Sauce is made. Guests will arrive soon, so time to quickly cook the shrimp in a skillet, in hot olive oil with some fresh garlic cloves, stir the shrimp until they become pink but still crunchy and not rubbery. They will only get rubbery, if you cook them too long. Cook no more than 1 minute in hot oil on each side. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Add about one and a half Tablespoons of sauce to a shell, then arrange the (5 or 6 medium size) shrimp on each shell on the sauce. Finally, garnish with parsley and/or salmon roe, or tiny tomato bits of a tiny piece of fresh lime and/or lemon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Close-up of last bite. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Your favorite, well-chilled white wine, will go well with the shrimp appetizer. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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Have a Great Week Everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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