Parmesan and Fresh Mozzarella Shrimp Crostini

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by Stephanie of Stephanie Cooks

I have always had a thing for cheese – no cheese platter is safe if I’m in the room. Not to mention the fact that I seem to add cheese to every recipe!

When Wisconsin Cheese asked me to create an original recipe for them, I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and get to work with a new cheese recipe. However, I was concerned…I mean, I live in New Jersey, how am I supposed to find Wisconsin Cheese? After a quick search through EatWisconsinCheese.com I realized I use some of their cheese brands daily! And it certainly wasn’t challenging to find at all.

I created a simple spring appetizer using my two favorite Italian-style cheeses – Parmesan and Fresh Mozzarella. This came together very quickly and was extremely delicious. I was thrilled with the end results and I can’t wait to make this again. This is great to make for company – it required minimal work but it looks delicious and impressive!

Parmesan & Fresh Mozzarella Shrimp Crostini

by Stephanie of Stephanie Cooks

Serves 6-8

Italian bread, sliced into 3/4-inch slices
Olive oil
Wisconsin Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Pesto sauce
Tomato slices (1 per crostini)
Wisconsin Fresh Mozzarella cheese (1 slice per crostini)
Large shrimp, peeled and deveined (2 per crostini)
Salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Slice the Italian bread into as many slices as desired. Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of olive oil over each slice. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, about 1/2 teaspoon per crostini. Bake until the bread is lightly golden, about 4-7 minutes.

Remove from the oven and set aside. Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with pesto (about 1 teaspoon for every 2 shrimp) and season with salt and pepper. Toss well. Grill on an indoor grill pan, outdoor grill, or simply sauté in a skillet until cooked through.

Remove from the heat and set aside, keeping hot. Top each crostini with about one tablespoon of pesto. Top with a tomato slice and a piece of Mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven until the cheese softens, about 5-7 minutes. Place two shrimp atop each crostini. Serve hot.

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