Shrimp Toasts with Sesame Seeds

Shrimp Toasts with Sesame Seeds are a dim sum-style appetizer that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and (our secret) it is unbelievable easy to prepare.

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Shrimp Toasts with Sesame Seeds
(Adapted from recipe courtesy of BonAppetit.com, May 2016)

Makes 20 appetizer servings

2 lbs peeled and deveined shrimp, any size
1/3 cup hot chili paste
1 Tbsp finely grated lemongrass
1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
Kosher salt
1 4-ounce jar toasted sesame seeds
2 scallions
10 pieces white bread, crusts trimmed
Vegetable oil

In a food processor, pulse the shrimp, chili paste, lemongrass, ginger and a pinch of salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.

Slice scallions on a bias into 2-inch-long pieces.

Dry the bread slices in the oven at 200F for 10 minutes. Spread a heavy layer of shrimp paste on one side of each bread slice. Pour the sesame seeds onto a plate. Press the shrimp paste topped side of each bread slice into the sesame seeds.

Heat about 1 cup of oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. When oil shimmers, working in batches, place the toasts shrimp-side down in the hot oil for 2 minutes, then flip and fry for 1 minute until the toast is golden brown. Remove to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet or wire rack. Repeat until all toasts are fried.

To serve, slice diagonally and arrange them on a platter topped with the sliced scallions.

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