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Keto Shrimp Canapes

Keto Shrimp Canapes

Dear reader, I have a confession to make.

I’ve been a bad girl this week.

I haven’t been socially distancing.

But I missed my friends very much, and 8 girls at a house party didn’t seem so bad.

…in hindsight, I might have been a bit of a drama Queen about this, sorry. But both my parents are in a group vulnerable to Corona, and I’m still staying with them as of now. I will be staying here until Corona actually lets up, to keep helping out. Which means I’m really trying my best not to be the reason this sucker finally gets us.

So yes, while the government has allowed small gatherings and we were actually confined to an apartment – I still sorta feel bad about it. Like I took an unnecessary risk. Which I did, so beating myself up about it is completely valid, I think.

But I got to see some of my favorite people for the first time this year, which, I think, warranted the risk. 

(Funnily enough, my father’s been going out to meet up with friends for a couple of weeks now. So he’s a bit baffled with me being emotional about this. Wish I could be as carefree as he is sometimes).

See, good company, along with good food and good drinks can work magic when it comes to Corona-induced depression and anxiety. Not that I’m telling you to do as I did – but sometimes you just gotta take the risk.

And when I say I took a risk dear reader, I mean it. I went wild. I ate bread.

True, just a few bites and it wasn’t so much as to add enough to my daily carb count to kick me out of ketosis (yes, I did measure my ketones), but still. I haven’t eaten actual non-Keto bread for years now. 

…I think I’m still in shock over it.

These little canapes are probably the most perfect canapes ever. They do cost a pretty penny because feeding 8 people shrimp isn’t a cheap endeavor, but holy moly. They can trick a Keto dieter into eating bread (even if it’s only a few bites). That should tell you everything about this treat: whenever you serve it, it’ll be the king of the party.

See, my friend (the one that was hosting the party) is a damn amazing cook. Unlike me, she actually likes this stuff. Likes hanging around the kitchen, coming up with fantastic new things.

She’s sort of like a devil on my shoulder. Because while she does always have Keto-friendly things on the table for me (and I love her all the more for this), she also always has some sort of carb-heavy monster that always tempts me.

Frankly speaking, I did do better than the last time, when I ate a whole damn piece of chocolate cake she baked. I should count that as a win.

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Still though. Bread.

Now the good thing about it is that I sure as hell feel entitled to steal the recipe. And to share it with you guys.

Especially since unlike many of her most impressive creations, the recipe is easy and straightforward. ‘I kept it simple since it’s just us girls’ – direct quote. Lemme tell you, I wouldn’t be ashamed to invite the Queen to that table, for this appetizer specifically.

Fortunately, the bread part is easily fixable – and as long as you do, this is a perfectly Keto-friendly treat.

You just need some cream cheese, your favorite herbs, and some crispy shrimp. 

When it’s my turn to host a gathering for my girls (hopefully we’ll be out of the Corona woods by then), I’m definitely serving a large plate of these babies. 

I’m pretty sure everyone will love it.

Keto Shrimp Canapes

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • A mixing bowl
  • A large non-stick pan/skillet
  • A stove

Ingredients

  • 32 raw large shrimps, peeled and deveined (around 1 lb)
  • 6-8 thin pieces of Keto bread
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 small-to-medium lemon, juiced
  • Butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (+/-)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano (+/-)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (+/-)
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Heat the pan over medium-low heat. Melt just a bit of butter (or heat a bit of olive oil) in the skillet and add the pieces of bread. Toast from both sides until golden (constantly flip so that they don't burn).
  • In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, chopped dill, and lemon juice. Mix together and set aside.
  • Add more butter/olive oil to the frying pan and turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the dried herbs and mix with the spatula. When the butter/oil is heated, add the shrimp to the pan with some salt and pepper. Fry from both sides until pink and opaque, for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Cut each thin piece of toast into bite sized pieces. My piece made for 6 smaller toasts, but a smaller one will only make for 4.
  • Add around 1.5 tsp of cream cheese mixture on top of a bite-sized toast piece and pop the fried shrimp on top.
  • Optional: serve on a tray garnished with Keto-friendly snacks, like cheese cubes, microgreens, or olives.

Notes

If you have a little extra time – use this lemon butter shrimp recipe (simply use large shrimp instead of jumbo).
You can also use almond crackers instead of toast, if you already have some on hand (or have time to bake them).
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