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Aug 6, 2009 05:18 AM

In need of some kicked-up appetizers!

Having a very special home party and would love to wow everyone with some fantastic seafood appetizers! Any suggestions?

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  1. oysters rock


    you REALLY wanna wow folks? Get some 9-12 (or bigger per lb) prawns for a cocktail. Serve them with a few different sauces.


    Just plain old small chunks of ice cold raw tuna with dressing of sesame oil, hot pepper, green onion, and a little salt right before serving. If you have access to tobiko - a little dab on top.

    OOOH- here's something - bites of tuna in different ways on one plate:
    1. ceviche on a tortila chip

    2. a small hand roll of diced tuna with the dressing above- wrapped in nori - maybe cucumber/tobiko, but no rice.

    3. seared with a fruit salsa

    I kinda think the 9-12 shrimp wows ppl more than anything.

    1. Skewered tandoori halibut
      Kinilaw of Spanish mackerel in coconut milk
      Homemade gravlax
      Seared scallops with avocado puree

      1. Shrimp and/or crab empanadas with a basil-mango dipping sauce

        1. i've had a kicky version of this shrimp in phyllo canapé:


          seared scallop on creamy & mild goat cheese with sage brown butter -- awesome! i love this goat cheese for the purpose:

          1. Seared Wasabi Local Tuna
            2) 2 inch Tuna steaks, either from your local fisherman or grocery store.

            Dust all over with wasabi power Heat skillet med high and drizzle with Olive Oil, allow pan to get smokin’ hot, add tuna steak, turn after 1 to 2 minutes and allow other side to sear for 1 to 2 minutes, remove from heat to allow to cool, the tuna should still be RARE inside. Once cooled slice the steaks against the grain and place on platter, serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste, garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Or served on top of seaweed salad, make a nice tapas plate

            Feta Stuffed Grilled Calamari
            1 lb squid (Try to get large or med size) cleaned
            8 oz feta cheese
            1 small clove garlic, pressed
            Zest one lemon
            1tbsp finely chopped parsley
            1 tbsp oregano
            S&P to taste
            ¼ C Olive Oil to bind
            Red wine vinegar

            Mix all ingredients together, place in plastic bag and snip end (you want it mixed very well). Place in Calamari and squeeze gently, filling the tube, you can secure each end with a tooth pick. This can be done in advance and kept in the refrigerator unti lready to grill. Grill to 7 minutes, on med to high heat, tuning careful not to burn. Do not overcook, the calamari will become chewy. When done, drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar and a couple shakes of oregano...serve immediately

            Serious Sizzling Shrimp
            2 lb tiger shrimp, cleaned and peeled
            1 tbsp crushed red hot peppers
            2 tbsp Bermuda Jams Gale Warning (or any pepper jelly)
            2 cloves of garlic pressed or chopped finely
            1/4 C Extra V Olive Oil
            Salt / pepper to taste

            Combine all ingredients and add shrimp. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hr.
            Sometimes I allow 4 hrs. Skewer the shrimp and grill until desired doneness, about 3 minutes on each side, do not overcook shrimp it will get tough and rubbery