Party bites: Make shrimp skewers, stuffed mushrooms

Wondering what you should serve up at your next party? Here are chef Ryan Scott's foolproof recipes for stuffed mushrooms with prosciutto and sundried tomato pesto, spicy grilled shrimp with watermelon and chimichurri sauce, mini Sriracha chicken salad sandwiches and pan-seared halloumi with strawberries and basil.

Stuffed mushrooms with prosciutto and sundried tomato pesto
Servings:

Makes 2 dozen mushrooms

Ingredients

  • For mushrooms:

    • 24 medium crimini mushrooms (ok to substitute white mushrooms ), stemmed, (save the stems) cleaned and dried
    • Mushroom stems, finely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 shallot, minced
    • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) prosciutto, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 2 tbsp sundried tomato pesto (recipe follows)
    • Extra pesto for garnish
  • For pesto:

    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 2 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
    • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
    • 3 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
    • 8 ounces sundried tomatoes in oil
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

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Spicy grilled shrimp with watermelon and chimichurri sauce
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • For shrimp:

    • 16 to 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on
    • 8 watermelon spears 2" X 6"
    • Sugar
    • 1 cup chimichurri cauce (recipe follows)
  • For chimichurri sauce:

    • 1 bunch parsley, cleaned and stemmed
    • 1 bunch cilantro, cleaned and stemmed
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1/2 cup olive oil

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Mini Sricacha chicken salad sandwiches
Servings:

Makes 24 mini sandwiches

Ingredients

    • 4 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
    • 1 cup Greek style yogurt
    • 1 to 2 tbsp. Sricacha
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 1 cup mango chutney, Major Grey
    • 1 red onion thinly sliced, optional
    • 24 mini croissants or any other small roll

Preparation

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Seared halloumi with strawberries and basil
Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • For macerated strawberries:

    • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Grilled halloumi and salad:

    • 3 cups mixed baby greens
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
    • 8 slices of halloumi cheese, total approx. 10 ounces
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus extra for finishing

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