For out last family get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. Chewy ciabatta bread is topped with tender chunks of shrimp, cheese and herbs then baked to perfection.
In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It’s so delicious!
Utilizing already cooked shrimp with the shells removed saves a bit of time with this recipe. If you preferred, you could use raw shrimp and just add a few minutes when cooking the in the sauté pan. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp as they can become tough.
You can use a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!
Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta
- 1/2 pound cooked shrimp shells removed
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 large loaf ciabatta bread sliced in half like a large sandwich
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup fresh dill finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh chives finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup of cheddar jack cheese freshly shredded
- Preheat oven to 350-F degrees. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter of medium heat. Add the shrimp and old bay seasoning. Cook just for a minute or two until coated well with the seasoning. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, chop into small pieces. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl with the mayo, garlic, chives, dill, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread onto the cut ciabatta bread. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 10-13 minutes. Ovens vary so check it at 10 minutes to see if it looks completely warmed through and that the cheese is melted. Slice into sticks. Serve warm.