Small Plates, are my most favorite way to dine. Why? Because the options are endless and rather than make one choice for your plate, you have have lots and lots of plates to try so many yummy foods!

Pea & Shrimp Wonton Cups are about the easiest and most attractive dishes you will make that will have your guests wondering if you haven’t begun cooking for Food Network! Okay, okay, so I have appeared numerous time on Food Network which is why you are sure to love every recipe I shared with you,  because cooking for such a prestigious organization of producers selectively expects you to prepare the most fabulous dishes is usually under 30 minutes!! Insane, but a BLAST!

This beautifully delicious recipe is as fast to prepare as it is decadent to serve. There are three parts to the preparation and it makes 2 Dozen appetizer size portions.

  • Pea Pesto – recipe is here
  • Steamed or sautéed shrimp
  • Wonton cups

The pea pesto comes together in less than 15 minutes and will keep in the fridge for several days. The recipe I have provided for you makes 2 cups of pesto and so it is perfectly suited for this recipe.

Shrimp Preparation

  • Shrimp – 24, deveined and shelled
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – to taste

Heat a pan large enough to accommodate all 24 shrimp. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Once they are hot toss in the shrimp, add salt and continue to move the shrimp around in the pan to cook them quickly on both sides. Once they look pink, remove and set aside.


Wonton Cup Preparation

  • Wonton Wrappers – 24
  • Olive oil – about 2 tablespoons, enough to brush each wrapper
  • Garlic salt – 1 tablespoon

Lay wonton wrappers out flat. Lightly brush olive oil across each. Push them down into a small muffin tin and shape them to fit inside. Sprinkle a little garlic salt across each. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, but watch closely so they don’t burn. The will toast quickly.



While the wonton cups are still in the muffin tin, insert 1 tablespoon of pea pesto. Place one shrimp on top of each cup. Garnish with an herb, a pea tendril or nothing at all, since they are pretty enough as is. Remember the pea pesto has plenty of flavor and a little kick of heat, but you can always sprinkle a touch more heat or a shaved piece of jalapeño!

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