Although I didn't follow a recipe for this dish, I did have some inspiration. A couple weekends ago when Joe and I went to St. Louis, I went out to eat with Joe's mom, sisters, grandma and aunt at Zia's on The Hill and I ordered the Crostini Gamberetti as my meal. It was listed as an appetizer and the description stated "Rounds of Italian seed bread toasted and topped with shrimp, cream cheese, diced red peppers, green onions and fresh parmigiana". I quickly inhaled all the crostini that came with my meal and knew that I needed to recreate it at home. Soon. When the time came to make it, I referenced the Zia's menu online for the ingredient list once again and started to create my own version. The end result wasn't exactly like Zia's but they were just as delicious, only a little different. Here's my own recipe for Crostini Gamberetti. Or as I'm going to call it...
Shrimp and Red Pepper Crostini
(Makes approx. 30 crostini)
1 baguette, cut into 1/2" slices
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (1/3 less fat is fine)
2 T. chipotle mayonnaise (regular mayo would work too)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound raw shrimp, shelled and cut in half
1 T. olive oil
salt and pepper
Add the shrimp to the skillet and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese and the mayonnaise. Add the shrimp mixture from the skillet to the cream cheese mixture, stirring to combine.
Place the slices of bread onto a baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray and place in the oven for 5 minutes to lightly crisp the tops.
Remove the bread from the oven and place a spoonful of the shrimp mixture on top of each crostini. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the crostini and place back in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple minutes before eating. These were best while still warm, but I had some once they cooled down to room temperature and they were still delicious! Enjoy!
I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the cooler weather that seems to be moving in!