Shrimp Guacamole Spoons

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shrimp guacamole spoons tapas hors d'ouevre

Another addition to my tapas series is a twist on the classic Spanish Langostinos con guacamole. As it is not so easy to find langoustines in Eastern Europe, I’ve settled with my favorite Argentinian Red Shrimp instead. These sweetest of shrimps complement the guacamole well, and provide a nice color contrast on the porcelain soup spoons. Simply put, these shrimp guacamole spoons make a traditional tapa, or a perfect passed hors d’ouevre.

A few notes about the guacamole before we begin. This is not my traditional guacamole, as I’ve changed it slightly to better suit this recipe. Instead of a white onion that is standard in Mexico, I’ve used a shallot instead. I’ve also left out the tomato. You can of course make a traditional guacamole if you have a preferred recipe, this is just what I’ve styled for these shrimp guacamole spoons tapas.

Shrimp Guacamole Spoons Ingredients

6 large Shrimp; peeled and de-veined. I used Argentinean Red Shrimp, but you can use Tiger Prawns or any large shrimp you like.

1 large Avocado; or two small ones.

1/2 Shallot; finely chopped.

1 clove Garlic; minced.

1/2 Serrano Pepper; finely chopped.

Salt; to taste

2 tsp Lime Juice

1 tbsp Basil Oil; this is just basil infused Olive Oil that I keep on hand, but you can use standard Olive Oil as well.

shrimp guacamole spoons

Shrimp Guacamole Spoons Instructions

1. Begin by making the guacamole. Add all the ingredients except the shrimp and oil to a bowl or mortar and crush with two forks, or a pestle respectively.

Peeling the Argentinean Red Shrimp
Save the scraps for a top notch shrimp stock

2. In a skillet on medium heat add the oil and once hot, add the shrimp. Lightly sprinkle some salt and turn the shrimp after a minute. The second side should be done within 30 seconds, or when the inside of the meat is solid white. You can actually end them when they are still slightly translucent in the middle, as they will finish cooking with the residual heat.

lightly sauteeing the red shrimp

3. Press some of the guacamole into the soup spoons and press on a shrimp. Plate and serve these shrimp guacamole spoons as a tapa or passed hors d’ouevre.

Notes

If you can find Langoustines you can use those, as they are more traditional. However they are a lot more expensive than shrimp.

Also, if you are interesting in the little tapas plate featured in this picture, it is from the amazing Granada artist Mariam López. All of her works are inspired by the technique and styling of the decorations of the Nasrid Palace in The Alhambra. You can follow her on Instagram or go to her shop, Nua Barcelona to purchase her wares.

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Shrimp Guacamole Spoons

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Course: Appetizer, Tapas
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Shrimp Guacamole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 Shrimp I used Argentinean Red Shrimp, but you can use any large prawn you like
  • 1 large Avocado or two small ones
  • 1/2 Shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Serrano Pepper finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Basil Oil or regular Olive Oil if you want

Instructions

  • Begin by making the guacamole. Add all the ingredients except the shrimp and oil to a bowl or mortar and crush with two forks, or a pestle respectively.
  • In a skillet on medium heat add the oil and once hot, add the shrimp. Lightly sprinkle some salt and turn the shrimp after a minute. The second side should be done within 30 seconds, or when the inside of the meat is solid white. You can actually end them when they are still slightly translucent in the middle, as they will finish cooking with the residual heat.
  • Press some of the guacamole into the soup spoons and press on a shrimp. Plate and serve these shrimp guacamole spoons as a tapa or passed hors d'ouevre.

Notes

If you can find Langoustines you can use those, as they are more traditional. However they are a lot more expensive than shrimp.
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