Mini Shrimp Rolls with Dill on Buttered Challah

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Everything good comes in small packages, right??

Diamonds.

Puppies.

Babies.

All good things.

Mini Shrimp Rolls on Buttered Challah via cookingforkeeps.com

But why does food seem to taste infinitely better when it’s presented in a tiny little package? Maybe it’s because we first eat with our eyes then our mouths. Or perhaps it’s because in just one all-encompassing bite you get to taste all the flavors, instead of taking multiple bites before getting a feel of what the entire dish tastes like. (Although I pride myself on getting the perfect bite every time, no matter the size of the dish.) Or maybe it’s just all in my head.

Either way, in my opinion, these shrimp rolls are no exception. There’s something innately adorable about these guys that will leave you ooing an ahhing before you even take a bite. But in that initial bite, you can close your eyes and taste every single component of the roll – the shrimp, the buttered bread, the fresh herbs – all singing harmoniously together.

Mini Shrimp Rolls on Buttered Challah via cookingforkeeps.com

I came up with these for a baby shower I helped throw for my best friend Angie this past weekend. I wanted to do cutesy, but not kitschy; upscale, but please the masses, and I think I hit the nail right on the head with these cuties. While they may appear to be quite a bit of work, they’re actually ridiculously easy to put together.

Frozen shrimp are thawed, and slowly poached in a bath of white wine and lemon juice until they’re cooked through and opaque. I ran them under cold water to stop the cooking process and to expedite the cooling process, and then chopped them up into tiny bite-sized pieces.

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I wanted to mimic the flavors of a lobster roll, where less is more, and to let the shrimp itself shine through instead of drowning it in copious amounts of mayo that would ultimately hide the shrimp-y flavor. I did that by adding juuust a touch of mayo – basically only enough to very lightly coat the shrimp – a splash of white vinegar, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper. I also threw in a handful of chopped celery for texture and crunch.

The filling is nestled into adorable buttered and toasted mini challah rolls I found at whole foods; brioche would also work nicely, but if you can’t find either, a mini egg roll will work as well.

While I’m partial to the bite-sized version here, if you’re not feeding a crowd, these would taste just as lovely full-sized – just make sure you get the perfect bite every time.

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Baby Shrimp Rolls with Dill

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1

These baby shrimp rolls are perfect for baby or bridal showers, and so much more cost effective than lobster rolls!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, defrosted, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 12 mini challah or brioche rolls

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut a V shape on each of the challah rolls big enough to fit in the shrimp filling. Brush the inside with butter and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until just slightly golden brown and toasted. Let cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the white wine, juice of 1 1/2 lemons and salt to a simmer. Add shrimp, and cook until bright pink and opaque. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Chop into small bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining juice of lemon, mayo, dill, celery, white vinegar and salt. Gently toss with shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Nestle into challah crevices.
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Comments

  1. These are TOO CUTE! I LOVE mini foods…it just tastes better. And, I can never get enough shrimp so these are right up my ally! Pinned :)

  2. Seriously, LOVE these! Why is mini food always so much tastier? And I always eat more of it (which in this case is a very, very good thing :)).

    • Hahaha I always eat more too. I was just telling Kevin that I think that’s my problem sometimes!! I think I’m doing myself a favor by eating something small, then I eat like five of them!! Thanks girl!

  3. I love mini foods too. These are perfect for bridal or baby showers…or anytime for that matter.

  4. Mini food is the best! It not only looks cute, but like you said you get all that flavor in one bite. Love these little shrimp rolls, nice twist on the lobster roll!

  5. These are just so darling!!! <3<3<3

  6. These are adorable, I love food this size no matter what the occasion. Great pictures!

  7. They are so cute! If she’s expecting a baby girl they are even more suitable, but anyway adorable. Love the pictures as well! :)

  8. These mini shrimp rolls are too adorable! Pinning!

  9. What a great idea for a shower…I sure everyone loved them. I’m going to be on the lookout for little rolls like what you used.

  10. I love cute bite-sized food! There is just something about it! One of the reasons I like having parties every once in awhile : ) haha

  11. OHHHHHH these look amazing. Mini food for the win!

  12. Itty bitty food packages are the best. I can hold one in each hand and be on my way. These look amazing. Pinned.

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