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Shrimp Toast #3

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Category: Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 lb Shrimp
  • 5 Water chestnuts
  • 1 ts Fresh ginger root
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 ts Cornstarch
  • 1 ts Sherry
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1 ds Pepper
  • 4 sl White bread
  • Oil for deep frying


1. Shell and devein shrimp; then mince with water chestnuts and ginger
root. Beat egg lightly. Mix minced ingredients and egg with cornstarch,
sherry, salt and pepper; blend well.

2. Trim off bread crusts. Spread shrimp mixture evenly over bread, then
cut each slice in 4 squares or triangles. (To prevent shrimp mixture from
sticking to knife during spreading, dip blade first in cold water.)

3. Heat oil to smoking. Place bread, shrimp side down, on a slotted
spoon; then gently lower into oil. Reduce heat slightly and deep-fry a few
pieces at a time, until bread is golden (about 1-1/2 minutes). Turn each
piece over and deep-fry a few seconds more. Drain on paper toweling. Serve

NOTE: This dish, served originally at Chinese banquets, is excellent as
an hors d'oeuvre or cocktail-party snack. (For best results, use bread
that's at least 2 days old: it will absorb less oil.) Shrimp toast may be
prepared in advance and kept warm by being placed, uncovered, on a cookie
sheet in a slow (275 degree) oven. It may also be frozen, then reheated
without thawing in a moderate (350 degree) oven. Leftover shrimp toast may
be frozen and reheated in the same manner.

VARIATIONS: For the shrimp, substitute minced crab or lobster.

For the water chestnuts, substitute 1/4 cup celery, minced.

In step 1, mince the shrimp with 1 slice ginger root and half an onion.
Omit water chestnuts. Season as above, but omit cornstarch. Then fold into
mixture 2 egg whites, beaten until fluffy but not stiff.

In step 1, add to shrimp mixture 1 bacon strip, minced; or 1/2 scallion
stalk, minced.

In step 2, cut bread in 1- by 4- inch strips (these are called Shrimp

After step 2, glaze the shrimp mixture by brushing it with more beaten

After step 2, press into shrimp mixture a bit of minced ham or parsley.

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