Holiday Appetizers: Margarita Shrimp Bites with Southwestern Sauce

The holidays are upon us.  Friends and family will be gathering to celebrate the season, and some of that may be happening in your home.  If so, you may be starting to think about what sorts of festive treats to serve up for the holidays this year. I’ve taken my favorite shrimp taco recipe and used it as inspiration to create a delicious red & green holiday appetizer using Puff Pastry: Margarita Shrimp Bites with Southwestern Sauce.

Here’s the How-To:
Marinate shrimp with lime juice, lime zest, sugar, and tequila. Defrost a Puff Pastry sheet and roll out into an even square. Cut into 16 equal squares.
Assemble the appetizers. Place one shrimp and one piece each of red and green bell pepper on top of each Puff Pastry square. Fasten corners together diagonally and seal with a fork and a bit of water.
These appetizers can be prepared ahead… up until this point. Place them all on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours (or overnight) until ready to serve.
When you’re ready to bake these up and serve them, brush each bite with a swish of egg wash.
Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes, and they’ll come out golden brown and ready for eating… almost…
They need a drizzle of Southwestern Sauce (sour cream mixed with chopped chipotle chile/sauce, cumin, lime juice and salt). A single leaf of cilantro tops each bite.
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I served up a whole bunch of these at a big birthday bash I threw for my husband last weekend.  I baked two trays at a time and as soon as I took them out of the oven, I had people hovering over me with interest at what gourmet appetizer I was plating.  32 appetizers were gone in literally 32 seconds as I passed them around.  Our guests loved them, noting that the sauce was perfect to top the Puff Pastry-wrapped shrimp.

With the red and green bell pepper and the green cilantro leaf, these would be a perfect appetizer for a holiday party.

This recipe can be found here: Margarita Shrimp Bites.

This post is being sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

36 Responses to “Holiday Appetizers: Margarita Shrimp Bites with Southwestern Sauce”

  1. postedDec 3, 2009 3:50 AM

    We are always looking for tasty little bites for the holidays.

  2. postedDec 3, 2009 3:54 AM

    What a festive presentation! I don’t often work with puff pastry, but it really is a cook’s best friend. Easy to work with, tastes delicious, and looks gorgeous.

  3. postedDec 3, 2009 5:47 AM
    Liz Brooks

    Wow beautiful!!

  4. postedDec 3, 2009 6:01 AM

    These bites are perfect as appetizer in parties and with the creamy & spicy sauce well, for everyday!!
    I understand why they were gone in seconds 🙂



  5. postedDec 3, 2009 6:33 AM

    Great appetizer for the holidays!

  6. postedDec 3, 2009 6:36 AM

    So cute and festive!

  7. postedDec 3, 2009 6:37 AM

    Great idea and a beautiful presentation, too! Might do these for the neighborhood Christmast party this weekend.

  8. postedDec 3, 2009 6:43 AM

    These look lovely and very tasty! I can imagine that they were snatched up in seconds.

  9. postedDec 3, 2009 7:17 AM

    I’ve never tried puff pastry but this recipe looks so yummy that I want to try. Is it easy to work with?

    • postedDec 3, 2009 7:21 AM

      Puff Pastry is VERY easy to work with!

  10. postedDec 3, 2009 8:18 AM

    Beeyootiful!! Such cheery little bites 🙂

  11. postedDec 3, 2009 8:27 AM

    I had a dream last night that I made a carrot cake with puff pastry for this contest – how insanely weird is that?!?! Especially since I don’t plan on entering the contest 🙂

    • postedDec 3, 2009 9:44 AM

      Josie- I’m thinkin’ that’s a BIG sign of great things to come from your kitchen. You could totally come up w/ some sort of carrot cake/Puff Pastry invention for the contest. I’d consider…!

  12. postedDec 3, 2009 12:46 PM

    Those look delicious – so festive!

  13. postedDec 3, 2009 3:29 PM

    I have some pie crust in the freezer. Maybe I will try them with that. I hope it turns out as pretty as these!

  14. postedDec 3, 2009 3:51 PM

    Perfect for parties! They look so easy, too.

  15. postedDec 3, 2009 7:57 PM

    Talk about perfect little tasty apps! I would have a hard time not eating the whole batch!

  16. postedDec 3, 2009 10:45 PM

    Oh, we are submitting a recipe to this one! A trip to NY would be sweet. And these are a nice twist on the typical holiday appetizer. These flavors are rare for this time.

  17. postedDec 4, 2009 2:01 AM

    Lovely appetizers, Lori!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…really tasty & lovely!

  18. postedDec 4, 2009 5:58 AM

    They look great and I’m down with anything that starts with tequilla!

  19. postedDec 4, 2009 10:16 AM

    Great recipe idea! I’m always looking for good appetizer recipes. This one looks wonderful.

  20. postedDec 4, 2009 11:42 AM

    Those look amazing! I can’t wait to try them.

  21. postedDec 4, 2009 2:03 PM

    These look so pretty! I bet they taste fabulous.

  22. postedDec 4, 2009 2:45 PM

    Everything about this is great…shrimp, puff pastry, that sauce! I would gobble all of these at a party.

  23. postedDec 4, 2009 3:21 PM

    OH MY this looks amazing – How fun festive and easy!!

  24. postedDec 4, 2009 4:58 PM

    Lori, these are so right up my alley. A SW Border appetizer if I ever saw one. Delicious.

  25. postedDec 5, 2009 4:27 AM

    What a delicious little packet, Lori! And they are so simple to make although they end up looking elegant!

  26. postedDec 5, 2009 6:24 AM

    Great idea! They look beautiful!

  27. postedDec 5, 2009 10:34 AM

    Great idea.
    I use puff pastry for some many things….it’s my favorite “convenience” food!
    Happy Holidays,

  28. postedDec 5, 2009 8:24 PM

    I’ve never used puff pastry, but I think the kids and I might try this one. It looks like it’s something the three of us could do together….plus they love shrimp 😀

  29. postedDec 7, 2009 6:27 AM

    Love shrimp any way but, this recipe is to die for. I live and work in a drug rehab. and work very long hours. I have very little time for elaborate recipes but, enjoy a good home cooked meal.

  30. postedDec 8, 2009 9:42 AM

    What a great idea! My friends will get these next time they come over for Appetizers! I love the festive green and red!

  31. postedDec 10, 2009 9:31 AM

    They look amazing! I just recently found out how easy it is to work with puff pastry! I’m marking this one to try soon!

  32. postedDec 14, 2009 6:31 AM

    Thank you for the detail pictures of how. If you don’t crimp corners with fork and properly seal Puff Pastry unfolds as shrimp & pastry expand. Very TASTEY made them for December 12th 2009 50th Birthday Bash!

  33. postedNov 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    These sound delicious! What alcohol would be a good substitute for the tequila as I am allergic to it.

    • postedNov 15, 2013 5:11 PM

      You can leave it out!

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