garlic shrimp bruschetta











Thursday is Valentine’s Day, an (in my opinion) over-hyped, commercialized holiday – at least where we live. you might be wondering why in the world I’m blogging about this then. I think that any opportunity we have to show the ones we love our appreciation we should do it.  In my life, that means cooking a meal loaded with love. There is one appetizer that I know will always put a smile on MarocBaba’s face.  It’s so simple and sometimes I wonder why I don’t make it more often. Then again maybe if I did it would be less special?  So how did I discover his love for this dish?  Well that’s an interesting story…

In 2007, we had been married for almost a year and were living in Washington D.C.  My cooking skills were still a bit on the rough side but I truly made an effort to prepare great meals. We had only lived in the area for about 6 months and didn’t really have any friends. Our kids were very young and both of us were working long hours just to get by. Even if we would have known where to go for a night out, we couldn’t afford a babysitter (or to pay for dinner!). On my way home from work that night I stopped and picked up some taper candles and holders from the dollar store.  I had been planning a meal for several days and after I picked up the kids I set to start our meal. MarocBaba worked evenings and I knew I would have just enough time to get the kids fed, bathed and tucked in before I had to finish the meal. I hurried to get everything together.  The menu was pretty simple, it was this garlic bruschetta, cheese stuffed chicken breasts and chocolate covered strawberries. I covered our coffee table with a red tablecloth and set up the taper candles, set out the plates and waited, and waited.  I was actually really nervous! When he finally came home and saw dinner on the table and the house dark a huge smile came across his face. Not to mention, the meal turned out really good.

Since the first time making this very easy appetizer it’s been his first choice when I ask him what he’d like.  If by some chance you’re a guy looking for an easy appetizer to impress your lady *wink wink* this just might be it.

A note – I’ve made this with both raw and cooked shrimp.  I think that it really tastes much better when you use raw shrimp, but if all you’ve got is the pre-cooked variety, reduce the cooking time and only toss it in to warm up the shrimp.


  • 1/2 lb raw black tiger shrimp, de-veined, shelled, and cut into small pieces
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic (add more if you love garlic!)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup cooked corn (I thaw frozen corn)
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • palmful of chopped flat leaf parsley
  • salt to taste
  • toasted rounds or points of bread


In a saute pan, heat the butter and oil on medium heat.  Add the garlic and stir so that the garlic doesn’t burn.

Add the shrimp, lemon juice and lemon zest, continuing to stir until the shrimp turns pink.

Reduce the heat to low and mix in the parsley and cayenne pepper.

Finally mix together the shrimp, tomatoes and corn. Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

Toast rounds or points of bread.  Top with the shrimp mixture.

See, I told you it was easy! 

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