Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Avocado Shrimp Toast

Happy Summer! Hello WORLD! Michael and I have been a bit off the grid for a bit, hence the no posts since February, Michael is head chef at a new fabulous restaurant, I have been doing some work with a gallery in the Santa Fe Art Colony, showing my paintings. All in all, it has been pretty busy, but a wonderful time!

That being said, we have put together a simple yet delicious dish inspired by summer and my recent trip with my family to Puerto Vallarta (Michael couldn’t make it because he is el jefe and needed). We have made avocado shrimp toast. This is such a simple dish, yet very complex in flavor, and is great for brunch or even just a snack.


½ Lb. peeled and deveined shrimp (about medium size)
Sourdough baguette
3 avocadoes
1 lemon
1 lime
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoons kosher salt plus some pinches

Start by preheating oven to 400 degrees and slicing bread a ¼ to ½ inch thick, depends on your preference. Put bread on sheet tray and in the oven when the oven reaches temp. Toast bread about 12 minutes, flipping half way. Since all ovens are not created equal, just keep an eye out on toast burnage.

I like to buy my shrimp peeled and deveined to save the time, but check to make sure it is completely deveined because I know it's childish but it's just guhross if they are not completely cleaned. Heat oil and juice of a lemon inn a skillet on medium high heat, until it starts to slightly brown….SUPER CRUCIAL, don’t let oil burn, just let it slightly brown. Place shrimp in skillet, season with a teaspoon of salt, and cook about 3 minutes each side, or until shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat.

To assemble this glorious masterpiece get all of your ingredients ready; have your bread out, open your avocado up, pick some rinsed cilantro, slice your shrimp down the middle length wise, and roll and then slice your lime.  The reason you roll the lime is to open up the juiciness inside!

Start with your toast, then layer slices of avocado, and the pinch some salt on top. Next lay 3-4 shrimp slice on top, squeeze some lime on top, sprinkle some chili flakes, and lastly top with some cilantro!