Spicy shrimp sit atop tortilla chips and guacamole for a quick but fancy appetizer.
Today the #SundaySupper crew is getting ready for awards shows with fancy finger foods. Now I don’t usually watch the awards shows – I’d rather watch the recaps afterward on who won as well as recaps focused the fashion – but I LOVE entertaining. Any time I have an excuse to make an appetizer – be it a finger food or dip – I jump on it. So when close friends came for dinner a couple of weeks ago, I seized the opportunity to create a new appetizer that would compliment our main meal, tacos.
That meal was going to be simple because there would be 4 children under the age of 5 running around while the adults tried to play a board game. (Anyone else into legacy board games? After finishing Pandemic Legacy, our little group has moved onto Charterstone.) The plan was for me to make a big batch of tacos for the adults, and quesadillas for our picky children.
While taco night doesn’t usually call for appetizers, other than maybe chips, salsa, and guacamole, but that didn’t stop me. In fact, it’s a question I see frequently in some of the cooking/foodie groups I’m in. What’s an good appetizer to serve for taco and/or Mexican night? Usually the answer is chips and dip, or that an appetizer is unnecessary. While I agree, as a hostess, sometimes I want to serve something anyway.
I created these Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites to that little something extra. A bite that is a little fancier than chips and dip, but still easy and quick. And fairly light, so that guests don’t fill up on appetizers instead of a meal. These little bites feature both Caribbean flavors in the shrimp seasoning as well as a traditional guacamole that you’d expect to see with tacos.
Recipe Notes: This recipe can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like it to be. I use homemade jerk seasoning (it only takes a few minutes to make from pantry staples) and homemade guacamole (again, super easy, recipe coming Wednesday!), but you can certainly use store-bought seasoning and/or guacamole to speed things up even more. I used store-bought tortilla chips in this recipe, but you can certainly make your own chip or tostada if you’d like.
Jerk Shrimp & Avocado Bites
Spicy shrimp sit a top tortilla chips and guacamole for a quick but fancy appetizer.
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 Tbs. jerk seasoning
- 12 large shrimp deveined and peeled
- 6 Tbs. guacamole
- 12 tortilla chips
Heat a heavy, cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When hot, add olive oil.
While skillet is heating, coat shrimp with jerk seasoning. Place in hot skillet and sautee for 1-2 minutes per side, until shrimp are cooked through.
Place 1/2 Tbs. guacamole on each tortilla chip. Top with a seared shrimp.
I used homemade jerk seasoning in this recipe, although you can certainly use store-bought, if preferred.
This recipe makes 12 bites, enough for 4-6 as an appetizer.
Calories per serving: 165 calories/served 4; or 55 calories per bite.
A Books n’ Cooks original.
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