Gift Wrapped Shrimp Bites

Gift Wrapped Shrimp Bites
12 medium uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon favorite spice rub
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 jar (6 ounces) roasted red peppers
6 to 12 green onions, depending on size

Roll each shrimp into a round shape, with tail on outside. Skewer each rolled shrimp with a toothpick through the diameter, so that shrimp hold their round shape.

Heat a saute pan to medium high heat. Add oil. Coat shrimp with spices and then saute just until opaque, about 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Remove from pan and let cool to warm. Cut 12 strips of the green portion of the green onions off, keeping the green portion in tact and as long length as possible. Heat green onion strips in pan until just softened and bendable, about 1 minute, turning frequently. Remove from pan and let cool to warm.

Cut bell pepper strips into long thin strips and wrap strips around shrimp. Wrap green onion strips around shrimp and tie in a bow or in a knot.

Serve warm.

(NOTE: For an even easier version, omit the bell pepper strips and just tie the cooked spiced shrimp with the softened green onion strips.)

Donna and Sandra are the authors of “200 Appetizers”.

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