Smoked Paprika, Lemon, and Shrimp Canapés

A trio of savories for a Valentine's Day Friendship Tea: Smoked Paprika, Lemon, and Shrimp Canapés (left), Italian Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches (center), and Roasted Red Pepper Crustless Quiches (right).

Shrimp, seasoned with paprika, garlic, and lemon juice, curl up on heart-shaped toasted bread slices in Smoked Paprika, Lemon, and Shrimp Canapés.

Smoked Paprika, Lemon, and Shrimp Canapés
Yield: 16 canapés • Preparation: 25 minutes • Cook: 2 minutes • Bake: 5 minutes
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  1. 8 slices crusty French bread
  2. 16 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  3. ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  4. ⅛ teaspoon garlic salt
  5. ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  6. 3 tablespoons salted butter
  7. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Garnish: fresh parsley leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Using a 3-x-2-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut shapes from bread. Place on a rimmed baking pan, and toast in oven until crisp, approximately 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Season both sides of shrimp with smoked paprika, garlic salt, and pepper.
  4. In a medium nonstick sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for approximately 1 minute per side. (Shrimp are done when they are pink and opaque.) Add lemon juice, stirring to deglaze pan. Remove from heat, stirring to coat shrimp with pan sauce.
  5. Lightly brush each toasted bread slice with pan sauce. Top each with a shrimp.
  6. Garnish with a parsley leaf, if desired.
  7. Serve immediately.
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 From TeaTime January/February 2015

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