BAKED SHRIMP TAPAS

Tapas are of Spanish origin and really are essentially small portions of food that you can share with others. Many people tend to think that tapas are appetizers eaten before the main meal but this is misconception. Tapas are served as the main meal. Usually you will see various tapas dishes at one table setting. I feel shrimp are perfect in tapas dishes since people can each grab a shrimp and munch away, reason why I created this dish. The leftover sauce at the bottom of the baking dish is delicious soaked up by warm crusty bread. Now this is simple food that is easy to make.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees F.
Baking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose spicy dry rub (see the recipe link below) or use your favourite pre-made spice mix.
  • 20 shrimp (not peeled)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 slices of proscuitto, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional for garnish)

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and take out two small casserole dishes. Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil on to each casserole dish. Clean the shrimp and place them into a bowl, sprinkle 2 tbsp of all-purpose spicy dry rub mixture and stir to coat all of the shrimp. Place 10 shrimp pieces on each casserole dish.

2. Slice tomatoes in half, squeeze the juice on top of the shrimp and then dice the tomatoes. Place the diced tomato on top of the shrimp. Take the minced garlic and sprinkle it on top of each dish. Using your clean hands, mix the ingredients around to make sure that the shrimp is well coated with all of the ingredients.

3. Cut the proscuitto slices into thin strips and place them on top of each casserole dish. Place it into the oven and bake it for 15 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes and then serve immediately.

All-purpose spicy dry rub link: http://www.foodtastesyummy.com/2009/10/all-purpose-spicy-dry-rub.html


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