6/07/2011

Garlic Shrimp and Mango Salsa Crostini





A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! presented me with a wonderful opportunity. They invited me to participate in a food blogger competition that will crown the first ever I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Toast Ambassador! Never mind the all expense paid trip to New York City and the $5,000 cash prize the grand prize winner walks away with, what I’m really giddy about is being able to be crowned “Toast Ambassador”! Besides being awarded “Drama Queen” of my senior class in high school, I have never held a title. Do I have what it takes? Let's hope the judges think so! This blog post is my entry for the contest. Wish me luck!





Its summer in Seattle, but a quick glance outside would have you thinking we are still in April. I’m a summer baby and am dying for some hot weather. This gloomy weather has got me in a funk.  When I get like this, there is nothing better than to whip up something delicious and something that reminds me of my sultry Brazil.





This past week I have been trying to concoct the perfect recipe for the ICBINB! contest. A recipe that would get me out of this cold weather funk and transport me to the tropics. I knew I wanted to incorporate a fresh fruit in my recipe, since it was something I enjoyed daily as a kid. As you may have read in my Avocado Smoothie post a while back, my family’s back yard in Brazil was filled with fresh fruit trees. We had a bananeira (banana tree),  abacateiro (avocado tree), and a mangueira (mango tree). Most Brazilians are blessed to have these and other wonderful fruit trees just a stone’s throw away from their back door.





After a couple of days, I created a knock-out recipe: Garlic Shrimp and Mango Salsa Crostini! The recipe features crispy crostini toasts baked to golden perfection, topped with some fresh mango salsa, and individually crowned with glistening shrimp sautéed with ICBINB!, garlic and lime.
As I sat back on my couch and popped one after another in my mouth, I almost felt as if I was sitting under the mangueira enjoying a nice summer day. They definately did the work and got me out of my funk.

Garlic Shrimp and Mango Salsa Crostini

Makes 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

¼ cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!  Stick or Original Spread

24 slices (1/4 inch thick) French baguette

2 cloves of garlic, minced

24 medium fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 ½ teaspoon lime juice

1 mango, peeled and diced

¼ cup red bell peppers, diced

¼ cup green bell peppers, diced

3 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped

1 teaspoon honey



For Crostini Toast:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange bread slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Using about 1 tablespoon of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, butter each slice of bread evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.



For Garlic Shrimp:

Wash shrimp with water and pat dry with a paper towel.

In a sauté pan, melt the remaining I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter over medium-high heat.

Add shrimp, garlic,  ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon lime juice.

Sauté shrimp on both sides for about 3 minutes or until shrimp has turned pink and remove from heat.



For Mango Salsa:

In a small bowl, combine mango, peppers, cilantro, honey, and the remaining lime juice and salt. Gently stir until everything is well incorporated. Set aside.



To Assemble:

Arrange toast on a serving plate.

Top each toast with the mango salsa and place 1 shrimp on top of each.


*Cook's Note: You can make the mango salsa the day before and refrigerate until ready to use. While toast is baking, you can prepare the shrimp.

*Food Samba Disclosure: I was invited to participate in this contest and this blog post is a form of entry

4 comments:

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

good luck, I hope you win

Sandra said...

Ohh this looks AMAZING!!!!what a lovely toast! Congrats and I do hope you will win!!!

Tiffany said...

AMAZING colors!

Magic of Spice said...

It has not be very summery here yet either, but I think it's coming :) These look fantastic and good luck with the contest!