Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: Seafood nachos

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cooking with Kelly: Seafood nachos

My fridge situation should be remedied by the end of the week, which means although I won't be doing baking at any point in my time here, at least I'll be able to cook things with perishable ingredients. Until then, I'm making do with what I have.
Perhaps I was inspired by my lovely taco dinner at the National Press Club, but I had a craving for all kinds of pseudo-Mexican food lately. Luckily, recreated regional food did not necessary require a fridge or stove.

First, I trekked off to the Soviet Safeway. I came back to tomatoes, onions, an avocado, limes, shrimp and tortilla chips. I would have enjoyed cilantro or jalapeno, but they were no where to be found.

With that, I made these guacamole and shrimp appetizers bites, which actually served as a meal for me. First, I marinated the shrimp in a bit of lime juice and steamed them through in the microwave. I did this in 20-second intervals to make sure I didn't overcook the shrimp -- you're looking for pink, not completely plastic in texture and appearance. I also used tiny shrimp, I think they were 350s, so it took no time at all to cook.

While that buzzed away, I used a fork to mash up an avocado with the juice from half a lime to prevent it from discoloring. I added half a chopped tomato and one quarter of a large red onion, diced finely. This provided a mild flavor, but heat could have been added easily enough by folding in an extremely finely diced serrano chili, minus the ribs and seeds (a poblano chili is another alternative -- adjust the amount of finely diced chili to suit your tastes. One is good for me, half of a serrano may be too much for others). A tablespoon of chopped cilantro would have also added a bit of spice, but not necessarily heat, that would have gone with this nicely.

For preparation, I used Tostitos Scoops chips for a cute presentation and layered a tablespoon of guac on the bottom, then topped with a sprinkling of the baby shrimp. It would be simple to add a little garnish of shredded pepperjack cheese, a small dollop of sour cream or a sprig of cilantro, if you would like to serve this to company. For a personal salad, you could put one scoop of the guac on a plate, top it with the shrimp and surround it with chips.

For me, the basic was just fine, although I would love if Soviet Safeway offered some cilantro or any type of fresh chili. I'm not that picky ...

15 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

I am glad to read your guacamole recipe as I am still looking for the right combo. I feel like I have tried so many recipes and it always ends up either too sour or too bitter. Yours will be the next one I attempt. Thanks!

Tracy Tan said...

ooh your nachos look good!

bhags said...

The nachos look adorable and a perfect appetizer

Asha said...

Brilliant idea!:))

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Kelly,
These look superb, even with the "Soviet Supermarket"! You made it work, bravo!

Erin said...

Looks good. You can never go wrong going down the Mexican road. It always hits the spot for me.

Retno Prihadana said...

I just want to taste it...looks so cute and inviting.

Butters and Johnnycakes said...

Your nachos look delicious. How resourceful! I can't believe the Soviet Safeway didn't have cilantor. That sounds worse than the "ghettro" Metro I used to grocery shop at back before it became a Shoppers Food Warehouse.

Zach said...

That's one of your least-awful posts yet.

Stock up on dried chiles. They're widely available, nearly imperishable and can be easily rehydrated for this type of use (and are suitable for many other uses as well). There's nothing wrong with using canned chiles either, if they're just adding heat to a guacamole.

Maybe you should explain to your other commenters the difference between 'guacamole in tostitos' and 'nachos.'

tigerfish said...

Lovely nachos. Hmmm...I would have like it with some cilantro and jalapeƱo too! :)

Mansi Desai said...

wow kelly...this has the potential for a really good appetizer!!:)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Though I don't eat seafood....Your platter looks very appealing dear....Nice colors :-)

Peter M said...

Hi Kelly and thanks for visiting my site. These shrimp bites look easy and delish! Also, you must fill me in on Soviet Safeway...surely a moniker?

Christy said...

Ooooo!!! So nice and creative!!
Avocado and shrimps...something that will sure suit my pickyeat!:D

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