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Vanilla Shrimp Crostini

Vanilla Shrimp Crostini

A tantalizing combination of textures and flavors, this appetizer is a great replacement for shrimp cocktail on the holiday buffet.


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 2 ounces Gruyere or Manchego cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Red Pepper, Ground Cayenne
  • Roasted red peppers, chopped (optional)
  • Fresh chives, snipped (optional)


  1. Slice bread on the diagonal into 24 (1/2-inch thick) slices. Place on baking sheet; broil until lightly toasted on both sides.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave cheese into very thin slices. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook and stir 2 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
  4. Add wine, vanilla, basil and red pepper; cook 2 to 4 minutes.
  5. Remove shrimp from pan.
  6. Boil sauce 1 minute; remove pan from heat and whisk in remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. The butter must melt gradually to form a creamy sauce.
  7. To assemble appetizers, brush toasted bread slices with warm sauce from skillet. Top with 1 to 2 thin slices of cheese, then 1 to 2 shrimp (depending on size); brush with additional sauce. Garnish with roasted red pepper and chives, if desired.

Yield: 24 (1 slice) servings | Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 10 mins

Nutritional information: For 1 serving Calories: 115 Sodium: 209mg Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 13g Cholesterol: 38mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 6g

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): McCormick