Sunday, December 7, 2008

Appetizer of the Week

Here's another fun one if you want to try a new recipe for the holiday season (I probably will be posting recipes all month...bear with me). I tried to find this online (I got it from Better Homes & Garden's Appetizer magazine), but couldn't find it on their website. I had my in-laws over tonight and tried a few recipes. I think I'll make this one again. Thanks to my mother in law for all her help; turned out my recipes were more putzy than I thought they'd be and if she hadn't helped not sure how late we would have had to eat! Anyway, here it is!

Shrimp- and Bacon-Stuffed Baby Potatoes (let's shorten it up and call 'em Shrimp Potatoes):

14 tiny new potatoes
2 tbsp dijon-style mustard*
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
7 - 8 oz peeled cooked shrimp
1/2 an 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened**
1 cup shredded Gouda cheese (4 oz)***
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c snipped fresh chives (optional)
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out potato pulp, leaving a 1/4 inch shell. Cuta thin slice from bottom to keep potatoes upright. Place cut-side up in a baking dish.

In a bowl, combine mustard, oil, and 1 tsp of Old Bay seasoning. Brush the hollowed-out portions of potatoes with mustard mixture. Bake 30 minutes at 425 or until tender. Remove from oven.

Filling: combine shrimp, cream cheese, Gouda cheese, bacon, and 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning. Spoon filling into cooked potatoes.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes longer or until filling is heated through and cheese is melted. Serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, garnish with chives.

*I used less than this; maybe 1 tbsp
** Realizing as I'm typing this, I used the whole package
***I am NOT a Gouda fan, so I substituted white sharp cheddar.



Elizabeth said...

I just bought a Gouda today that was really good, very caramel-y undertones. I am looking forward to eating it. :)

Laura Jean said...

Why can't people just eat cheddar cheese, or mozzarella? Mozzarella's good!

Leanne said...

I eat all kinds of cheese...except Gouda.

MindiJo said...

The only cheeses I don't like are the blue cheeses/feta. The mold look wigs me out. And the taste is too strong. That does look good, though. I've seen similar recipes, but always thought it would be a big bother to make.

Anonymous said...

These potatoes were excellent! I told her to bring them to our appetizer contest. She's sure to win.

Cory said...

I ate the leftovers in the back of the fire truck on the way to a fire alarm this morning......YUMMY

Laura Jean said...

Cory, what if you would have choked on one of them and then another firefighter had to come to your rescue before both you and him/her could attend to the original call? Not smart, my friend.

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

This looks so good! I don't really love Gouda either. The white cheddar sounds like a good sub. Keep the recipes coming, they all sound delicious.