Shrimp Caesar Salad in Crispy Parmesan Cups Recipe

Ingredients

Crispy Parmesan Cups

  • 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Shrimp

  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (medium to large size)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Caesar Salad

  • 2-3 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup croutons (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup Caesar dressing (homemade or your favorite brand)
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Skillet
  • Mini muffin tin (optional)

Instructions

1. Prepare the shrimp

  • In a small bowl, combine shrimp with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat evenly and let marinate for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the rest.

2. Make the Parmesan cups

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place 1-2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan in small mounds on the parchment paper, leaving a few inches between each mound. Gently spread them into thin circles, about 4-inches in diameter.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Important: Let them cool for about 1 minute on the baking sheet. They will still be flexible. Carefully transfer them to a mini muffin tin (or gently form them over the base of overturned glasses) to create a cup shape. Let cool completely.

3. Cook the shrimp

  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimp and set aside.

4. Assemble the salad

  • In a large bowl, combine chopped romaine lettuce, croutons, and Caesar dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Gently place a serving of salad inside each Parmesan cup.
  • Arrange cooked shrimp on top of the salad.
  • Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Extra Tips

Crispy Cup Success: Ensure the Parmesan is freshly grated for optimal melting and crispness. Don’t overcrowd the pan so the cups have space to spread.

Homemade Croutons: Cube stale bread, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs (optional). Bake at 400°F (200°C) until golden and crispy.

Homemade Caesar Dressing: It’s easy! Blend together mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, anchovies (optional), grated Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Variations: Add cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, or other favorite Caesar salad toppings for extra flavor and texture.

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