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I am a big fan of “Mom’s Night Out”! Of course, it goes without saying that we all love our family but let’s face it, kids can be a lot of work. Sometimes we just need to relax with our girlfriends over a glass of wine, especially if it’s been one of “those” days. You know, the one where your toddler thinks you’re the worst mom ever because you peeled her banana when she wanted to do it all by herself! My mom friends and I try to get together at least once a month, sometimes more. The funny thing is that even though we’re so excited to get a night out without kids, we usually end up talking about them all night anyway!
While we’ve had some awesome nights out, sometimes it’s just as much fun to have everyone over to the house for drinks and appetizers. We can kick off our shoes, chill and not worry about getting kicked out of the restaurant at closing time. It’s also cheaper, meaning we can save our money for manicures and new shoes (oh wait, we’re moms…make that dance classes and soccer shoes).
Since my girls were going to be with grandma and grandpa, I jumped at the chance to plan a “Mom’s Night In”. Not only would I get to hang out with my friends but I thought I’d add to the fun by making it a theme night.
I wanted to have a seafood night where everybody could bring their favorite seafood inspired appetizer to share. I was already ahead of the game because I’d been at Walmart earlier in the week and came across the Party Sized boxes of SeaPak® Butterfly Shrimp in the frozen food aisle. Since I love shrimp so much, it was just calling my name!
You might not initially think of Walmart as a place to find awesome seafood but you’d be pleasantly surprised! If you want to find out for yourself, just grab this coupon for $.75 off any Seapak product. While I was there, I also picked up a package of the Shrimp Spring Rolls. They looked so good and I figure they’d make a great second appetizer with minimal work!
While my family and I love the SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp with just a little cocktail sauce on the side (they’re that good!), I thought I’d jazz it up a little and make Shrimp, Bacon and Cream Cheese Phyllo Purses! I used phyllo for the first time with these Spinach, Proscuitto and Mozzarella Triangles and loved the way they turned out! Let’s face it, doesn’t all food look a little fancier when wrapped in pastry?
While phyllo pastry can be tricky to work with, the end result is well worth it! The main thing to remember is to prepare all the other ingredients, and I mean everything, first and save the phyllo for last. It dries out really fast and if you’re not quick, it becomes impossible to work with. Since the shrimp needed to cook a little longer than the pastry, I pre-cooked it for 5 minutes (don’t forget to remove the tail when you take it out of the oven). I cooked the bacon at the same time and broke it into smaller pieces once it cooled. Finally, I cut the scallions into thin slices and set out the cream cheese. I also sliced long slivers of the scallions to make cute little ties for the purses.
If you’ve never tried using phyllo pastry sheets before, the most important thing to know is not to let them dry out. If you can manage that, you’ll be just fine! First you’ll want to thaw them overnight in the refrigerator to make them easier to work with (as opposed to thawing at room temperature). You’ll start with two sheets at a time so cover the sheets you aren’t using with a slightly damp towel or plastic wrap. Brush one sheet with butter, then place the other one on top if it and brush it with butter as well. (Note: I saw somewhere that you could use spray oil instead but when I tried it, it just didn’t seem the same…I recommend sticking to butter). Trim the sheets and cut them in half so that you have two squares…a pizza cutter makes this easy!
In the center of your square, add one shrimp, cream cheese, bacon, a few scallions and salt and pepper to taste.
Now carefully take each corner of the pastry sheet and pull up to meet in the middle. Gently twist together, then brush the outside with a little more butter to keep it moist. To add a nice finishing touch, take a thin strand of green onion and tie it around the top.
Bake for 9-10 minutes and voila, your appetizers are ready!
Our Mom’s Night was a blast and everybody loved the SeaPak shrimp appetizers! I’ll definitely be making this recipe again! If you’re looking for more delicious recipes to serve at your next party, your guests will love this Sausage Crostini With Goat Cheese & Peppers or Fried Goat Cheese With Marinara Dipping Sauce!
- 12 butterfly shrimp
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 heaping tbsp of thinly sliced scallions
- 12 phyllo pastry sheets
- ⅓ cup butter
- salt & pepper to taste
- Pre-cook shrimp for 5 minutes at 425
- Reset oven to 375
- Remove shrimp tails
- Cook bacon and break into pieces
- Set out all ingredients before prepping the phyllo
- Brush one layer of phyllo with melted butter
- Place a second layer of phyllo on top of the first and brush it with melted butter as well
- Trim the edges with a pizza cutter and make two squares
- In the center of each square, place one shrimp, 1 tsp cream cheese, crumbled bacon (the equivalent of ½ slice), and 3-6 sliced scallions
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Pull up corners of pastry and twist gently
- Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes
- Serve warm
For even more inspiration, check out these recipes for Shrimp Parmesan Ziti Bake, Fiesta Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Cheese & Shrimp Pesto Sandwich & more! I think I’ve just planned my meals for the next month! You can also find out more about SeaPak products here or follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & YouTube.
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