Sunday, 21 February 2016

Shrimp and Cheese Tarts

Shrimp and Cheese Tarts. - Appetizers

These were an adaption of a quiche we used to buy frozen from the preschool where the boys went back in Mission, BC.

What you need: 45 tart shells - homemade or frozen. (If you buy frozen ones, make sure they are not the sweetened ones). 1 Tbs olive oil; 1 onion, finely chopped; 6 cloves garlic, minced; 1 bag, 300-400 gr., frozen uncooked shrimp, or a shrimp and scallop blend; 4 Tbs butter; 1 container 500gr. Of cream cheese, softened; 3 eggs; 2 cups grated Gouda cheese; 100 ml whipping cream; 1 Tbs dried parsley flakes; 1 tsp salt.

What you do: Heat olive oil in a nonstick frying pan, and cook onion and garlic for a few minutes until they are fragrant and softened. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl beat the softened cream cheese, and beat in eggs one at a time. Add the cooked onion and garlic. Add the butter to the frying pan, and over medium heat, cook the shrimp until the flesh is pink and just cooked through. While shrimp is cooking add whipping cream, salt, and cheese to the bowl. Stir in the cooked shrimp, and the parsley flakes.
Arrange the tart shells on a baking sheet. Fill 3/4 full with the shrimp and cheese mixture. Bake at 425* F for 25-30 minutes.  Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

For people who are allergic to shell fish, or who just do not like it, this recipe can easily be changed to use chopped ham, chicken, or turkey in place of the shrimp. Just add butter and chopped cooked meat to the cooked onion a garlic in the pan, skipping the cooking part. Mix into the cheese as above.

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