Comment: From the Italian bruscare meaning "to roast over coals," bruschetta is traditionally made by rubbing slices of toasted bread with garlic cloves then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil. By adding panzanella and shrimp, we have created a more elegant hors d' oeuvre.
Ingredients for bruschetta:
25 French bread slices 4 whole garlic cloves, halved as needed 6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place bread on a large cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until croutons are crisp and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and rub croutons with garlic halves. Set aside.
Ingredients for panzanella:
25 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/4 cup olive oil 6 cloves garlic, sliced 3 cups diced Creole tomatoes 2 tbsps chopped basil 1 tsp chopped thyme 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tsp lemon juice 1/4 cup white wine salt and black pepper to taste granulated garlic to taste 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and sliced garlic and saute 3-5 minutes or until pink and curled. Add tomatoes, basil, thyme, vinegar, lemon juice and white wine. Cook approximately 5 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Season to taste with salt, pepper and granulated garlic then remove from heat and set aside. Place croutons on a serving platter and top each with a heaping tablespoon of vegetable mixture and one shrimp. Garnish with a pinch of Parmesan and serve.