Rias Altas Bites

Metric version of recipe

Yields 8 portions

Ingredient Amount
Butter (1/2 stick) ¼ cup
All-purpose flour ½ cup
Whole milk 2 cups
Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and minced (21 to 25 count) ¾ cup
Salt ½ tsp.
White pepper, freshly ground ¼ tsp.
Nutmeg, freshly grated a pinch
Eggs, large 2 ea.
Olive oil, for frying ½ cup
Green onions, minced 2 Tbsp.


  1. Line a 2-quart baking dish with plastic, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Melt the butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat and add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, until the roux is just beginning to color, then slowly whisk in the milk. Stirr with a woken spoon, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan to prevent sticking, until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes, or until the mixture holds a swirl.
  2. Stir the shrimp into the sauce. Season to taste with the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer for 1 minute, or until the shrimp turns pink. Remove from the heat and scrape into the plastic-lined baking dish, spread evenly, and smooth the top over. Cover and chill until the mixture is cool and stiff, about 3 hours.
  3. Dampen your knife with warm water and cut the chilled sauce mixture into 1-inch squares. Beat the eggs in a medium shallow bowl and blace the breadcrumbs in another slightly larger shallow bowl. Dip the squares in the egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat to 350°F. Fry the squares until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the pan, drain briefly on paper towels, and serve hot, garnished with minced green onions.

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Recipe credit: Chefa González-Dopeso for Rias Baixas/Exceptional Albariño from Spain, as presented at the 2006 Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at the World Marketplace on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006.

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