Friday, February 26, 2016

Scampi Bites for Healthy Solutions Spice Blends

I had to do it, I took the challenge. Which would be Healthy Solutions Spice Blends 2016 Blogger Challenge.

I like recipe challenges anyway, I think I'd be a natural at Chopped.

Just sayin...  ummm, anyone know someone at Food Network?

My challenge was to use one of Healthy Solutions Spice Blends and come up with a new, fun recipe using it.

My choice was their Shrimp Scampi Seasoning.  Which is a perfect blend of garlic, onions and other spices.  

And since I live on the Gulf Coast, I wanted to come up with a new and interesting recipe using the seasoning mix and Shrimp.

We have a lot of shrimp here, and while I love shrimp, steamed and served with some Cocktail Sauce, it doesn't hurt to try something new.
Really, it doesn't...
I had many sleepless nights trying to come up with something fun and good, I'd wake up at 2 am with an idea and then forget it by morning. sigh      I actually came up with two recipes, but I'll tell you about the other one another time.  Cause it was a close race as to which recipe I wanted to submit. But this is the one that edged out the other one.

I'm not the only one who voted on it either, I tried it out on a bunch of guinea pigs friends. Who managed to clean the plate each time I made them.

Here is my entry for the contest. 

I call these Scampi Bites.  

Preheat oven to 375 degrees  Grease a couple of mini tart pans

Recipe:  Yield  25-30 Scampi Bites, depending on the size of the shrimp. 
Tassi Dough 
4 oz. Cream Cheese
4 oz. Butter
1 cup AP flour
1 teaspoon Shrimp Scampi Seasoning

Step 1: Rub the cream cheese and butter into the flour and seasoning mix, until well blended.  You can also place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture forms a soft ball.   Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up a little if you like.

1 lb. Shrimp, (25-30 size)
1 tsp. Shrimp Scampi Seasoning
1 tsp. Butter
1 tsp. Olive oil
Step 2: Sprinkle 1 tsp. Scampi Seasoning onto the shrimp and saute in the butter/olive oil until the shrimp just starts to cook, remove from heat.  Set aside for just a minute. 

Scampi Sauce
1 cup White Wine
1-2 tsp. Shrimp Scampi Seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1 tsp. Olive Oil

Step 3: Place the sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan and simmer until the wine has reduced by half or more. Takes about 10 minutes.

Step 4:  Take the Tassi Dough out of the fridge, form into marble sized balls, and flatten each one out into a thin disc and press them into each depression of a mini tart pan.  Continue until all the depressions are filled. 
Place one of the par-cooked shrimp into each tart
and bake at 375 -380 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove to a serving platter and serve with a spoonful of Scampi Sauce on top.  

Serve warm or at room temp.

BTW, you can see my video on Youtube here

I received a packet of Shrimp Scampi Seasoning mix to use in the creation of this recipe.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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