Shrimp appetizers are always a hit and romesco sauce needs more recipes tied to it. My previous post was a fantastic romesco sauce recipe and all the ways you can use it. This recipe for garlic shrimp crostini with romesco and shaved parmesan is one of those ways. By using medium-sized shrimp, this is the perfect two-bite appetizer for your next gathering.
Looking for an easy shrimp appetizer? You've found it with this garlic shrimp crostini
Plan ahead and you can make the romesco sauce a day or two before. There's only a few ingredients in this tasty little appetizer and it's pretty easy to make too. The French bread loaf will likely be available at your local grocery store bakery.
There are typically two sizes of bread. There is a larger, bulkier French bread loaf that is great for sandwiches and French bread pizza. Then there is a smaller, thinner loaf that is perfect for making crostini. Since we're making an appetizer and usually appetizers are a little snack before the main event, we want a bread that keeps things in the right proportions. This is what I call a two-bite appetizer and the smaller loaf accommodates this well.
CHEF'S TIP FOR REMOVING THE SHRIMP TAILS: An easy way to remember how to do this is: pinch, pull, peel. When you remove the shrimp tail do it with care. You'll want to gently pinch the tail at the furthest end. You'll be able to feel that little bit of meat in the tail and we want to keep that. Adjust your pinch grip and pull the tail gently off the shrimp while also leaving that tail meat intact.
The rest of the process is very simple. The remaining shell is very easy to peel off. Then set the shrimp aside on a plate or sheet pan to season it.
Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Chopped Chives add subtle flavor to complement the romesco
Using a potato peeler, you can shave the parmesan cheese right from the block. Chopping some fresh chives for a garnish add that mild onion flavor that chives are known for. And yes, if you purchased a package of chives, you would have a lot left over. So, use them for something else! I have an excellent cheddar herb biscuit recipe where you can simply use chopped chives as the herb in place of sage and thyme. If not, you could chop all the chives and add them to your salads for a couple of days.
By spreading the romesco sauce on the crostini, then placing the shaved parmesan on top of that - it locks it in place. Then top with two of the garlic shrimp and top with chives and you've got a mouthful of flavor.
More Ideas for Romesco Sauce:
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Dill Havarti, Arugula & Romesco Sauce
- Drizzle this sauce on your grilled chicken on a bbq night
- Slather the sauce on a piece of meaty white fish like halibut or striped bass
- Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash Drizzled with Romesco Sauce (coming soon!)
- French bread pizza with romesco sauce, sautéed eggplant, onions and garlic