Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two Easy Appys: Frankie Cooks!

A couple of days ago, I thought I’d concoct a couple of easy appetizers that would look pretty with only basic assembly needed. This was the result.

Smoked Oysters in Tomato Cases ... Cucumber Shrimp.

Smoked Oysters in Tomato Cases:

Cherry tomatoes, as required
Mayonnaise or cottage cheese, as required
Canned smoked oysters in oil, as required
Paper candy liners, as required

With sharp paring knife, remove top of each tomato as well as a thin sliver of skin on the bottom, stabilizing tomato to stand straight. With grapefruit knife, core inside of each tomato to remove flesh and all seeds. With two very small spoons, fill tomato case with mayonnaise or cottage cheese. Place oysters on double layer of paper toweling. Blot oysters dry, slicing in half. Top each mayonnaise-filled tomato case with smoked oyster half. 

Core and seed tomatoes with grapefruit knife - every seed! 
Fill empty tomato cases with mayo or cottage cheese.

Add half a smoked oyster, blotted dry of oil. Pop
into a paper candy liner to catch any drips.

Cucumber Shrimp:

Long English (seedless) cucumbers, sliced ¼-in. thick, as required
Two fresh baby shrimp per cucumber slice, as required
Small sprigs of fresh baby dill, as required for garnish
Scallop or other small shells, if available

This was a simple matter of assembly: 1, 2, 3, 4, done!

P.S.: Not to be outdone, Frankie assembled his own table-ready dish!

- With thanks to Google Images

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