Back of Garlic Shrimp Are an Easy and Delicious Appetizer Between dips, nachos, and an assortment of crostini, it's hard for me to say what my signature appetizer is. However, the other day when I was discussing this with my sister, she said, "I know what your signature appetizer is: it's gambas!" She was referring to gambas al ajillo, the classic Spanish tapa that combines sizzling pink shrimp with spicy, garlicky olive oil. It's always served with bread for mopping, meaning it's a dish that's somewhere between a dip and crostini. I quickly realized she was right: garlic shrimp are my signature appetizer. I've made them more times than I could ever remember, and when I don't know what to serve, I always turn to the succulent gambas. It's a super easy, simple recipe that comes together quickly, so I highly recommend you add it to your arsenal. For my rendition of Spain's most flavorful and famous shrimp, . Gambas al Ajillo From Katie Sweeney Ingredients10 cloves of garlic, peeled 1/2 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (also known as Pimenton) 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on crusty bread or crostini, optional for serving Directions Place the garlic cloves in a food processor. Using the pulse button, chop the garlic until finely minced. Transfer the garlic to an oven-safe dish (preferably a cazuela). Add the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and paprika. Stir to combine. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the dish with the olive oil and garlic mixture in the oven. Heat for 4-5 minutes until the oil is hot and the garlic is starting to be fragrant. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip the shrimp and baste with the oil. Continue cooking until the shrimp is plump and pink, 3-4 minutes more. Serve immediately with crusty bread or crostini for mopping. Enjoy! Serves 6-8. Information Category Seafood, Appetizers Cuisine Spanish/Portuguese View 3 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Comments partysugar 7 years Yes! I will get on the search for the best patatas bravas. How do you like yours RoaringSilence? RoaringSilence 7 years Hmm this sounds delicious! Yum, would it be possible to maybe also find a recipe for patatas bravas? chiefdishwasher 7 years They are one of my favorite Spanish memories....and you need to have the bread or toast to mop up! pink-elephant 7 years I'm not a shrimp-eater, I actually get sick from shrimp, but this recipe makes me want to run out and buy lots and lots of it! Fenchurch1 7 years I sometimes add white beans to this recipe just to give it another texture. I wish I could eat this every night! bluebellknoll 7 years YUM!!!!