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Shrimp Butter Toasts Recipe

Shrimp Butter Toasts

Shrimp Butter Toasts

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Shrimp Butter Toasts Recipe

Ingredients

  1. For shrimp butter
    1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
    1 lb medium shrimp in shell (31 to 35 per lb), peeled and deveined
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 cup minced onion
    2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne
    For toast points
    10 slices firm white sandwich bread, crusts discarded and each slice cut to form 4 triangles
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    Garnish: whole cooked shrimp

Directions

  1. Make shrimp butter: Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp with salt and black pepper, stirring, until just cooked through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp with a slotted spoon to a food processor, reserving skillet (do not clean).
  2. Cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape onions into processor and cool mixture to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice, cayenne, and remaining 9 tablespoons butter and pulse until shrimp are finely chopped. Pack shrimp butter into a 2-cup ramekin or serving bowl and chill, its surface covered with plastic wrap, at least 6 hours (to allow flavors to develop).
  4. Bring to room temperature 45 minutes before serving.
  5. Make toast points: Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Brush 1 side of bread triangles lightly with melted butter and toast, buttered sides up, in a large shallow baking pan until golden around edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve toast points with shrimp butter.

Serves 10.

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