Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Presidential Shrimp Tapas

                                                   Rustic Shrimp Tapas 

What in the world are Tapas? Simply, they're Spanish-inspired snacks in the form of canapés or appetizers.  They're excellent with a drink or wine. Savory nibblers made up of several ingredients, with extra depth and dimension. **

I conjoured this one up last night while watching the 2012 election. Oh, gosh, I just couldn't help  myself... again! Needed something to distract me. Talk about easy. Let's get right to it!

Preheat Oven to 425° 

20 medium shelled (de-tailed) fresh or frozen RAW shrimp
2 tsp. olive oil or just vegetable spray
4 tbls chopped chives 
10 sliced black olives
12 oz. shredded Mexican cheese
1/2 bag shredded mozzarella cheese
tsp cumin or taco seasoning
4 cups of round unflavored tortilla chips
4 slices of semi-cooked bacon cut in one inch bites 
1 cup drained pineapple chunks (optional)
1/2 cup (more if you like) sliced jarred jalapeno peppers 
Your favorite salsa or picante sauce

Oil medium foiled pizza pan 
Spread out and layer ingredients as follows: tortilla chips, shrimp, Mexican cheese,
mozzarella, pineapple, bacon, jalapenos, chives, seasoning.
Spray the top of all layered ingredients
Place in oven for 8 minutes or until edges of chips and cheese are charred. Let it cool a bit.  It's VERY HOT!
When you serve, tear a small handful  from the tapa, dish out, and dip into salsa. You can also top it with avocado, sour cream.

You'll thank me in 4 years during the next election. *wink*

**For a REAL treat, check out the origin and legends on this little goody!

Try it and comment here on results. Questions and suggestions welcome! Thanks ya'll!

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