I chose to share this recipe because the combination of pork and shellfish are one of the perfect pairings that chefs love to use. This is an easy and elegant appetizer, which combines both shrimp and prosciutto that can be made in a small amount of time. It can also be served on top of a salad or in a small bun as a slider. I like the salty flavor of the prosciutto, the earthy taste of shrimp with the sweet smokey sauce and the spicy jalapeño.
Making the orange chipotle sauce
Yield: approx. ¾ cup
½ cup & 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 whole orange
½ tablespoon shallots, diced
½ tablespoon garlic, diced
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
3 teaspoons Mao Ploy Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
2 ¼ teaspoons chipotle, ground to a paste
Note: Chipotle paste can be purchased at your local grocery store. If not, take whole chipotles, which are smoked jalapeño peppers. Puree them by using a food processor, blender or by dicing and crushing the peppers with the side of a chef’s knife until a smooth consistency is reached.
Wash the orange.
Take a zester or microplane and carefully remove the zest from the orange. The zest is the darker orange skin on the outside, so avoid going deep into the white bitter pith.
Finely dice the zest.
Cut the orange in half.
Juice the orange and strain to remove seeds.
Place a sauté pan on low heat and add orange juice, garlic and shallots, reducing until almost dry. Let cool.
Combine the remaining ingredients with the juice mixture and puree using a food processor, stick mixer or blender.
Making the wrapped shrimp
8 frozen shrimp, 26/30 or 16/20 size, peeled with the tail removed (thaw overnight) - see note
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced and cut in half lengthwise (It is easiest to buy already sliced or have the butcher pre slice the prosciutto paper thin for you)
1 jalapeño, washed and thinly round slices with seeds and all
1-2 ounces cilantro leaves
½ cup chipotle orange sauce (see recipe)
Note: The shrimp numbers denote the size by telling how many you can receive per pound. You can purchase shrimp peeled and deveined (P&D) with the tail on or off. I recommend buying them P&D tail off for this recipe.
Prepping the shrimp
Toss shrimp in olive oil, garlic and pepper. Marinate for a few hours or overnight.
Cooking the shrimp
The shrimp can be cooked on a hot grill or by using a sauté pan. Cook the shrimp halfway, which should take a few minutes and let cool.
Making the prosciutto wrapped shrimp
Remove cilantro leaves from stems and reserve.
Slice washed jalapeño pepper into thinly round pieces with the seeds.
Cut prosciutto in half lengthwise.
Lay the 8 slices of prosciutto vertically on a clean counter or cutting board. Place ¼ teaspoon of chipotle sauce about 1 inch from the closest end of the prosciutto. Add 1 slice jalapeño, 1 cilantro leaf on top of the sauce followed by one partially cooked shrimp and repeat with chipotle sauce, jalapeño and cilantro leaf on top of the shrimp. Repeat for the remaining 7 slices.
Carefully roll the shrimp side over with the prosciutto slice tucked inside until fully wrapped. These steps can all be completed 1 day in advance.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Take a sheet pan and coat with butter or pan spray. Place the wrapped shrimp on the sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes.
Plating the shrimp
Remove from the oven and immediately place on a serving plate and top each piece with a little chipotle mayonnaise and a cilantro leaf.