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I am all about easy and delicious appetizers. These tasty Pesto Cheese Shrimp Bites are the perfect recipe to serve at your next party.

Pesto Cheese Shrimp Bites

These EASY tasty Pesto Cheese Shrimp Bites are the perfect recipe to serve at your next spring party.

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 Appetizers
Author Melissa Russo

Ingredients

  • RITZ Crackers
  • 24 medium shrimp cleaned, deveined with tails removed
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Basil finely chopped for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook until pink, turning once. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. To make pesto, add basil leaves and pine nuts to a food processor. Turn on and slowly drizzle in olive oil until pesto is smooth.
  4. In a medium bowl, add light cream cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper (to taste) and about 1 heaping tablespoon of the pesto. Beat until smooth.
  5. Spread one teaspoon of the pesto cheese filling on top of a RITZ Cracker. Top with a grilled shrimp. Garnish with chopped basil.