Meals in Minutes – Shrimp Tostadas

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Lee Clayton Roper from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen shows us how to make Shrimp tostadas.

In 2007, my husband Robert and I were invited to a local benefit where corn tortillas were being made from scratch during dinner. At the end of the evening, I noticed that most of the bread baskets on the tables were close to full, so to Robert’s embarrassment, I filled my purse and the pockets of his tuxedo with the leftover tortillas. After making various enchilada recipes with them, I experimented and came up with this shrimp dish, which both Robert and I love. You don’t have to rob a bread basket for your tortillas – they taste good store-bought, too!

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

8 corn tortillas (best if you can find home made)

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3/4 cup sliced yellow onion

4 teaspoons Mexican seasoning (or more to taste)

24 ounces cooked small shrimp (not cocktail size)

1/2 cup salsa-flavored cream cheese*

1/2 cup prepared guacamole

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or other mild, white cheese

1/2 cup purchased chunky-style salsa

1 cup shredded lettuce

*Available at Whole Foods. If you don’t have it in your area, you can substitute plain cream cheese spread (in a tub) or mix together 1/2 cup cream cheese spread with 1 tablespoon of salsa.

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a small skillet over high heat until very hot. Add one corn tortilla and cook until starting to crisp (about 1 minute); use tongs and turn over. Cook just until crispy. Place on paper towel to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the mushrooms and onion; stir in Mexican seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms and onion are soft. Stir in shrimp and cook just until the shrimp are heated through and seasoned. Add more Mexican seasoning and salt to taste.
While the mushroom and onion mixture is cooking, spread 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese on each cooked tortilla. Top with 1 tablespoon of the guacamole. When the mushrooms, onion and shrimp are done, place equal amounts on top of each tortilla and top with shredded cheese, salsa and lettuce.

Note: To make your own Mexican seasoning, combine together 1/2 cup chili powder, 1/4 cup paprika, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Store in an airtight jar.