Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shrimp & Pesto Romaine Boats

Here is a simple do-it-yourself appetizer or buffet item for Spring parties like graduations, engagements, weddings and bon voyage parties.

Shrimp & Pesto Romaine Boats can even be made from fresh and pure store bought ingredients.

Shrimp & Pesto Romaine Boats
Serves 8

1 pound shrimp
1 8 oz container pesto (any variety)
2 heads romaine, large out leaves removed


  1. If you are using raw shrimp, steam and peel. Chill in refrigerator at least one hour. If you purchased cooked shrimp, begin at next step.
  2. Place shrimp on a pretty serving dish and be sure shrimp stays well chilled.  Set the serving dish over a larger platter filled with ice and some water.
  3. Tear individual leaves from romaine lettuce heads and place on a platter next to our surrounding a dish of pesto
  4. Let guests serve themselves by scooping some pesto onto a leaf then  garnishing with shrimp.

Variations on the theme:

  • Tuna or chicken salad with crunchy toppings like chopped celery and pickles, red bell pepper
  • Replace pesto with hummus and top with slices of grilled chicken
  • Replace pesto with homemade Russian dressing and top with crabmeat