Holiday Appetizers: Margarita Shrimp Bites with Southwestern Sauce

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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.

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  • Tami wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can leave it out!

  • Kate’s Kitchen wrote:

    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!

  • patsyk wrote:

    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!

  • LilSis wrote:

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

  • Marta wrote:

    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.

  • Kelly wrote:

    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 😀

  • stacey snacks wrote:

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

  • pigpigscorner wrote:

    Great idea! They look beautiful!

  • Barbara wrote:

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

  • Teresa wrote:

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

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer wrote:

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

  • Esi wrote:

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

  • Sarah, MaisonCupcake wrote:

    These look so pretty! I bet they taste fabulous.