Crisp asiago and shrimp puffs are served
with a delicous plum tomato sauce. Recipe by Chef Michael Smith.
Asiago Cheese and
Shrimp Puffs Mediterranean Concasser of Tomato
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
4 ounces raw shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 egg white
8 sheets (17x12 inches each) phyllo dough
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin Asiago cheese, shredded
- Plum Tomato Sauce:
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh garlic, finely chopped
3/4 cup (8 ounces) plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
1/4 cup canned, crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped
Salt and hot pepper sauce, to taste
- Heat olive oil in 10 inch skillet. Add
peppers, onion, garlic, marjoram leaves, oregano leaves, basil
leaves and hot pepper sauce. Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly, until vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove
from heat; cool.
- In food processor, puree shrimp until
smooth, 15 to 20 seconds. Add egg white; puree until blended.
Spoon shrimp mixture into large chilled bowl. Stir in cooled
vegetable mixture until well-combined. Set aside.
- Cut phyllo sheets in half lengthwise to
form 16 (17x6 inch) sheets. For each puff, stack 2 sheets on
top of each other. Brush melted butter between and on top of
phyllo. Place 17 inch side of phyllo horizontal to edge of counter.
In top left-hand corner of phyllo, layer about 3 tablespoons
shredded Asiago cheese, 2 tablespoons shrimp mixture and another
3 tablespoons Asiago cheese. Gently fold top left-hand corner
of phyllo down and to the right to form a triangle over the shrimp
and cheese. (Be sure to keep shrimp and cheese inside dough.)
Continue to fold dough, being sure to form triangles, until a
triangular "puff" forms. Repeat this process with remaining
sheets of phyllo.
- Place puffs on a 15x10 inch greased jelly
roll pan. Lightly brush each puff with melted butter.
- Bake at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes,
or until golden brown. Serve with warm Plum Tomato Sauce.
- For Plum Tomato Sauce: Heat olive oil
in 10 inch skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat
until vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes; continue
cooking 5 minutes. Add fresh herbs; continue cooking 5 minutes.
Add salt and hot pepper sauce, to taste.
Makes 8 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk
Marketing Board, Inc.
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