A very typical appetizer in Angolan parties is what we call in Portuguese rissóis de camarão, which is basically a fried wheat flour dough stuffed with shrimp cream. Recipe to come soon in the blog. Let me tell you they are delicious, but it takes a while to make them. There is a ton of work involved into the process, and sometimes time is far from our hands. Perhaps a faster but delicious appetizer is needed. Let me introduce you to a Fried Shrimp Toast.
First of all I will start by saying that this dish is absolutely delicious for an appetizer. I came across it on Food Wishes YouTube channel and I was glad I did. My personal recommendations is to have a food processor in hand for this one. The recipe from chef John was deemed delicious, however I was lacking a few ingredients as always. Since a recipe is only a guide for dishes, I decided to add a little “ME” seasoning into it.
What was “ME” seasoning? Well, I decided to remove the egg white, chestnuts and a lot more things from chef John’s recipe. I thought the dish would be much better without the chestnuts and the egg white. The result of the change was actually very good, I loved it. You don’t believe me? Try it yourself and let me know of the results.
Fried Shrimp Toast
- 1 kg raw shrimp
- 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
- 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoon garlic smashed with salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- Cilantro, chopped
- Ginger, chopped
- White bread, slices
- Vegetable oil, for frying
In a food processor, add all the ingredients (except the bread and the vegetable oil). Keep in mind the paste will need to have your personal touch. If there is anything you think it should be added, do it.
Stop the blended once in a while to scrape the sides of the processor, and start the process again. Once you have everything well blended (as a paste, literally), stop the processor and transfer the paste to a dish. From this point, you can choose to refrigerate the paste for a couple of hours or use it immediately.
Remove the crust from the bread and cut it in half. You can either do rectangles, squares or triangles. I particularly prefer triangles.
Using a spoon, add a generous amount of paste to the bread. Spread it well through the surface of the slice and make sure the thickness of the paste resembles the one from the bread.
Add the oil to a pan, around 1 inch in height and warm it up. To check if the oil is ready, dip a small piece of bread. If it start frying vigorously, the oil is ready.
Dip the first shrimp paste side first into the oil. Fry it for approximately 2 minutes and turn it over to the other side.
Prepare a plate with napkins or paper towels to absorb the excess oil from the fried shrimp toasts.
Remove the toast from the pan, and place them into the prepared plate. Let the toast rest for a while so a maximum amount of oil is absorbed.
Enjoy the shrimp fried toast with your favorite seafood sauce. I am sure this will be a great addition to your appetizer list. You and your loved ones will be pleased with the taste of this shrimp toast.
Until next time, Hungry People.