Spiced Shrimp Cigars
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
These crispy finger-size rolls are especially popular for entertaining because they can be prepared up to 1 day in advance of serving: Simply shape the rolls, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and refrigerate, then bake before serving.
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- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 3/4 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
(fresh or canned)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Pinch of saffron threads
- About 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 9 sheets (about 1/2 lb.) phyllo dough
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- Lemon wedges for garnish
Wine PairingThis pairs well with soft, medium-bodied white wines like the Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville from our Wine Club.
Directions:In a fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the shrimp to a cutting board; chop coarsely and set aside.
Return the pan to medium-low heat. Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, paprika, cayenne and saffron and stir to mix well. Simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, until the moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the shrimp and enough bread crumbs to make a fairly dry mixture. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat an oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a baking sheet.
Place the phyllo sheets in a neat stack on a cutting board and cut the stack crosswise into quarters, forming strips about 4 inches wide. Cover with a dampened kitchen towel until ready to use.
In a small fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the extra-virgin olive oil. Remove from the heat. Brush 1 phyllo strip very lightly with the butter mixture and place a second strip on top. Brush the second strip lightly with the butter mixture. Place a heaping teaspoonful of filling along the short end nearest you. Fold in the sides of the phyllo to enclose the filling and then roll up to form a cigar shape. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush lightly with the butter mixture. Repeat with the remaining phyllo and filling.
Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter and garnish with lemon wedges. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Seasonal Celebration Series, Winter, by Joanne Weir (Time-Life Books, 1997).