Bruschetta With Garlic Shrimp
Contributed by: NAPSA
Simple Ways To Celebrate The Holidays
(NAPSA) - Whether you call it a "soiree," "bash" or "get-together," holiday festivities usually require a level of organization and planning. From creating the guest list to preparing the menu, the steps to hosting a holiday party can seem daunting.
Keep in mind, though, that this planning effort doesn't have to be difficult or require weeks of work. In fact, a memorable evening can be organized in just a few days. The trick is to keep things simple and stress-free so that both you and your guests can enjoy the party.
Following are some tips for hosting a festive event with ease:
- Select a theme. Make gift-giving a fun adventure by providing guests with specific gift exchange criteria, such as "anything round" or "something green."
- Mix it up. Using different shapes and colors of glassware and plates is an effortless (and trendy!) way to create an eclectic and charming atmosphere.
- Get connected. Take advantage of party-planning sites, such as Evite.com, where you can manage your guest list with a click of a button.
- Open the bar. Place cocktail mixers, glasses and alcoholic beverages on a kitchen island or open table so guests can mix their own special concoctions.
- Take it easy. Simple menus and uncomplicated recipes are essential for an enjoyable evening. The following recipe, Bruschetta with Garlic Shrimp, was found on Buitoni.com and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, making it a simple yet elegant addition to your holiday menu.
- 1 loaf (8 ounces) baguette-style Italian bread, cut into thirty 2-inch slices
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 30 raw small shrimp or prawns, peeled and deveined
- 1 container (10.5 ounces) Buitoni(r) Refrigerated Classic or Tuscan Bruschetta, at room temperature
- 30 Italian parsley leaves (optional)
BRUSH bread slices with 2 tablespoons oil. Place on baking sheet; broil for about 1 minute or until lightly toasted.
HEAT remaining oil and garlic in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook, stirring occasionally for 2 to 3 minutes, until pink and cooked.
TOP each bread slice with 1 heaping teaspoon bruschetta and 1 shrimp. Garnish with parsley leaves.
For more recipe ideas, entertaining tips or a helpful Dinner Party Tool Kit, visit Buitoni.com.
Serving Size: Makes 30 Pieces