Guerda Harris and her Back Alley Gourmet team win the prize for one of the most irresistibly delicious appetizers I’ve had in recent memory. At a cocktail party potluck, this appetizer took center stage. Guests were snatching the glistening shrimplet jewels from the tray faster than you can say bruschetta; so I slapped their fingers and took a couple of quick pics before they disappeared.
I have a special fondness for this specialty food store located in The South Main Market; I sold the store to Guerda back in 1999, and I will be eternally grateful to her for loving and nurturing it through the years. In fact, the Back Alley Gourmet celebrates its 30th birthday this month. An impressive stat for a food business; Happy Birthday, indeed.
The Back Alley was kind enough to share the recipe, but if you don’t have time to make them yourself, give the store a call at 734-662-1175. (24 hour notice, if possible. A tray serves 22-25 (36 pieces) ; call to order, and for additional details on other tray options.)
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