Sesame Shrimp Sticks

Oven: 450
15 Minutes

Shrimp filling:

1/4 c sesame seeds, toasted
1 1/3 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 scallions, chopped
1 T sesame oil
1 T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
1 1/2 t minced peeled fresh ginger
1 t minced garlic

Pulse together all filling ingredients in a food processor until they form a coarse paste.

For sticks:

12 (17- by 12”) phyllo sheets, thawed
1/2 c & 2 T unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 T sesame seeds, toasted
Kosher salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven. Cover phyllo with 2 overlapping sheets of plastic wrap and then a dampened kitchen towel. Put 1 phyllo sheet on a work surface, keeping remainder covered, and brush generously with butter. Stack 2 more phyllo sheets on top, generously buttering each. Cut phyllo stack in half lengthwise, then arrange 1 half with a long side nearest you. With dampened fingers shape 3 tablespoons shrimp filling into a narrow rope along edge nearest you, then roll up paste tightly in phyllo to form a long thin roll. Make another roll with other half of stack. Make 6 more rolls with remaining phyllo sheets, butter, and shrimp filling. Lightly brush top of rolls with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds and kosher salt. Cut each roll crosswise into 4 sticks and arrange, seam sides down, 1 inch apart on 2 large baking sheets. Bake sticks in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until phyllo is golden brown, about 15 minutes total. Transfer sticks to a rack to cool slightly and serve warm with dipping sauce. you can use one of your choice, or use the apricot dipping sauce.

Apricot Dipping Sauce:

1/2 c apricot preserves
1 T water
2 t fresh lime juice
2 t soy sauce
1 t Dijon mustard
1/4 t minced peeled fresh ginger

Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth.