Guacamole and shrimp crostini cups
- Difficulty: Very easy
- Prep time: 60 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Serving: 6 people
- Cost: Average
Crostini are an Italian appetizer, they consist of a small piece of bread toasted to a crunch and topped with a variety of ingredients. Crostini can be messy to eat, especially if the topping is soft and juicy.
Introducing the crostini cups: where a bread is toasted to retain the shape of a cup and filled with your favorite sauce... in this case the best guacamole and a spicy shrimp.
A new appetizer, a great small bite that is also easy to prepare. You could substitute the shrimps for a tiny meatball, some sundried tomatoes or hardboiled eggs. The sky is the limit, let your imagination go wild.
Enjoy these additional recipes too:
- Crostini with mussels and cherry tomatoes
- Coconut shrimps
- Salmon tartare with avocado and toasted almonds
- Raw vegetables, shrimps and taleggio cheese
- for the Guacamole
- Avocado 2 - small, ripe
- Red onions 3 tbsp (7 g) - minced
- Cilantro 2 tbsp (3 g) - finely chopped
- Lime juice 2 tbsp (20 g)
- Salt 1 pinch
- Jicama 2 tbsp (17 g) - minced
- Extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp (10 g)
- for the shrimp dry rub
- Fresh garlic 2 cloves - grated
- Onion powder 1 tsp (3 g)
- Cayenne pepper 1 pinch
- Sweet Paprika 1 pinch
- Oregano ¼ tsp (1 g) - dry
- Salt 1 pinch
- Extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp (10 g)
- White wine 4 tbsp (40 g) - or to taste
How to prepare the guacamole
Wash and cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and place the pulp in a medium bowl.
Add the lime juice and salt and mash it down until you get a thick paste.
Incorporate the remaining ingredients and set aside.
How to prepare the shrimps
If you are using frozen shrimps refrigerate them overnight until thawed.
Remove the shells and devein. Clean with a paper towel, don't use water.
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for the dry rub. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss the shrimps into the dry spices until coated. Let rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet and, when hot, cook the shrimps until they turn pink and their meat is firm, about 3 minutes. Deglaze with 4 tbsp of white wine and cook a few more minutes. Remove from heat.
How to prepare the crostini cups
Pre-heat oven to 350°, using a cookie cutter or a small plate as a template, cut out the tortillas to about 3.5 inches disks (9 cm).
Place the 12 disks into the bottom of the cavities in a muffin pan. Press another muffin pan on the top to keep the tortillas down and prevent puffing. You could use also small metal container or weights.
Bake for about 7 to 10 minutes until golden, cool down with the weights into the cavities.
How to assemble the dish
Once the little cups are cooled, remove them from the muffin pan.
Fill each one with about 2 tbsp of the guacamole and one shrimp.
Garnish with the minced red bell pepper.
Serve with extra lime wedges on the side.
How to store
If filled too much in advance the crispy crostini cups will absorb the moisture and become soft and soggy: try to assemble the dish just before service. The shrimps can be served cold, as well.
Guacamole can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days at most, in a sealed container.