Green Pea Guacamole and Shrimp Appetizer
This is a great appetizer and you can make it in advance if you like. Just keep it covered and refrigerated until it is time to serve. The cilantro gives this guacamole a bright flavor and the lime gives it a tang. The chipotle chili raises the heat a notch although you can omit this if you are not keen on chilies or you want a very mild result.
This guacamole is nice served with the shrimp, or you could serve it on top of grilled fish or chicken, or as a taco or burrito topping. It is not essential to cook or thaw the frozen peas before adding them but let the guacamole sit at room temperature for half an hour before you serve it to ensure the peas are thawed and also to allow the flavors to blend.
Serve this before any meat, poultry, or fish entrée, as a light yet satisfying appetizer. The portions are small enough to stimulate your appetite without filling you up too much, and this is a nice-looking appetizer as well as a great-flavored one. It is always worthwhile doubling the guacamole recipe, so you can eat the remainder of the guacamole the following day with fish or meat, or even as a dip for chips or crudités.
- 6 tail-on cooked jumbo shrimp
- Slivers of lime peel
- ⅓ finely chopped red onion
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ bunch cilantro, stems removed
- ½ teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce or 1 seeded jalapeno
- 10 oz frozen peas
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Chop the onion in a food processor until finely chopped, and then transfer it to a bowl.
- Combine the oil, lime juice, and cilantro in the food processor until roughly pureed.
- Add the chili, peas, cumin and salt, and blend until almost smooth.
- You can make it totally smooth if you like but it is nicer with some chunks left.
- Stir in the red onion, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
- Let the guacamole sit at room temperature for half an hour, then divide it between 6 serving glasses.
- Top each one with a shrimp and garnish with lime peel slivers.
The elegance of this shrimp appetizer is clear to see, and pairing the shrimp with avocado means you are pairing two great flavors together which are always nice served with one another. The pea guacamole is a twist on the classic guacamole recipe and the juicy shrimp adds a splash of color and gives this appetizer a tempting look. Choose small, clear glasses for serving, so everyone can admire this great-looking recipe. This might be a small appetizer portion but the flavors are incredible and you will find the amount to be just enough. Homemade guacamole is always great and this recipe is extra-good.
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