Seafood Tostada Bites

These tostada bites are packed with just enough flavor and spice.

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  • Servings: Makes 24 hors d'oeuvres
KEY: Frying, Cocktail Party, Holiday Open House, New Year's Eve, Appetizers/starters, Fast, Make Ahead

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Ingredients

  • Two 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, white and pale green parts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 24 shelled and deveined small shrimp (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2 pound sea scallops, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley

How to make this recipe

  1. On a cutting board, cut the tortillas into 24 triangles, about 3/4 inch. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the tortilla triangles and fry until golden, 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortillas to a paper towel–lined plate.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the shrimp, scallops and crab and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer just until the shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the seafood to a bowl. Add the parsley and the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a few tablespoons, about 3 minutes. Return the seafood to the pan and toss to coat.
  3. Spoon the seafood into Chinese soup spoons or shot glasses, garnish with the tortilla triangles and serve at once.

Make Ahead

The fried tortilla triangles can be kept overnight in an airtight container. The cooked seafood can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours.

Suggested Pairing

Light, nectariney Pinot Grigio.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published October 2009

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