Sunday, September 21, 2014

FFWD ~ Seared Shrimp with Mango and Avocado

My version of Seared Shrimp with Mango and Avocado for French Fridays
This week, because I’m posting late, I will get right to point! The recipe picked for French Fridays is Tuna and Mango Ceviche. The few things I know about Ceviche are, it's a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of South America, and it’s made with fresh raw seafood, cured in citrus juice.  I planned on skipping it. Anyone who reads my blog knows, I don’t do raw fish! However, Dorie gave me a great alternative with the Bonn Idee! To sear or not to sear, that was the question. For those squeamish fish eaters, who don’t do sushi, this was my compromise. It was actually a perfect dish to enjoy on our back deck; for one of our last warm days of summer.

An utterly delicious seared shrimp salad
This dish can be put together rather quickly! The vinaigrette is delicious, made with fresh lime juice, rum and olive oil. Then season with a touch of Tabasco, salt and pepper.  After searing the shrimp, they are arranged on a plate with slices of mango and avocado. I plated mine a little differently then Dorie suggests. First, I used some salad greens. In the center I placed about a half cup of cooked Israeli Couscous. I then arranged the mango and avocado around the couscous, and topped it with the seared shrimp. Finally, drizzle on the vinaigrette and serve! Bill’s version was minus the avocado, with sliced tomatoes. Both versions made a truly enjoyable lunch! I’m glad Dorie gave me a choice this week! Both Bill and I savored our mouthwatering lunch.  Happy weekend everyone!

We loved this…the flavors were wonderful together 
A deliciously special lunch on the deck for the last day of Summer 
Bill’s version…greens, couscous, mango and sliced tomatoes…topped with seared shrimp!

On another note, last week was our anniversary. Bill and I spent a few lovely days in NYC. New York is enchanting in the fall! The temperatures were cool, and the air was crisp with the smell of roasting pretzels waifting around us (venders are on almost every street corner) making our walks delightful! One of our days was spent walking the High Line. We then detoured into the West Village, where we had a marvelous lunch at the “Spotted Pig”. This restaurant has been on my radar for several years, ever since I wrote a piece on April Bloomfield, for the 50 Most Influential Women in food. It was definitely worth the wait! 
     
    To make the Tuna-Mango Ceviche the recipe can be found in Dorie’s Cookbook "Around My French Table” or here at Food.com. 
Finally eating at the Spotted Pig…it was worth the wait
Ricotta Gnudi with Basil Pesto….delectable!
These were the best French Fries ever…fried with rosemary and slices of garlic…Bill’s Lunch!


24 comments:

  1. First, let me say, to enjoy New York at this time of the year is fantastic. The weather here on the East Coast has been fabulous. (No heating bills or A/C). Isn't that High Line wonderful?, Tricia and I did that a few years back and enjoyed the whole experience. I went with the Shrimp this week too, I just can't do raw fish, and this was a great alternative. We loved it.

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  2. Newest follower... this recipe looks fab!

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    1. So glad to have you as a follower…I will be heading over to your blog to check it out…Thanks for following me!

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  3. Way to go, Bill. Just love the picture of his lunch at the Spotted Pig. (yours also, Kathy, but I am a hamburger girl and that entire plate looks delicious. I am so happy you had a wonderful anniversary week-end in NYC. Lots to celebrate. You, Tricia and Nana have definitely inspired me to return to this recipe (which I didn't make) and do the shrimp version. Your photos are drop-dead gorgeous, especially the pix with the fork holding a few "kernels" of couscous. I suspect you stuck them on the fork with super glue! Wonderful Post, as usual.

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  4. Again so glad you got to the Spotted Pig and for your anniversary even better. The food looks amazing. I love your shrimp version with the Israel couscous. I think I would like that more than the tuna (not raw) I ate because the texture would be better. Wonderful looking salad. Yes, it really is a good bye to summer.

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  5. Dear Kathy, I don't do raw fish either. This is a beautiful light lunch.

    Happy Anniversary!! I am glad you got to enjoy lunch at the Spotted Pig. I have never been there but the lunch looks good.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  6. Happy anniversary to you both!!! I love the shrimp option...and your idea of serving it over Israeli couscous is terrific!

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  7. Happy Anniversary!
    I really need to start cooking with shrimp more often..

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  8. Looks like you enjoyed your time in NYC. That is quite a hamburger and those fries! I love the addition of Israeli couscous to your lunch.

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  9. Happy anniversary Kathy! This lpok delicious!:)

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  10. Happy Anniversary. This dish is very colorful and looks very delicious:)

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  11. Kathy, a very Happy Wedding Anniversary to your and your husband!!! Looks like you had one delicious meal at the "Spotted Pig"! And your Ceviche with the seared shrimp looks fabulous, colorful and so fresh!

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  12. Happy Happy Anniversary!
    Those shrimp are so succulent and pair so well with mango and avocado.

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  13. Your ceviche with the shrimp and Israeli couscous looks like a winning version! And your meal at the Spotted Pig looks fabulous, especially those fries (I'm a sucker for fries, especially skinny ones). It sounds like you had a magical anniversary celebration in NYC! Happy happy! Have a great week!

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  14. Hi Kathy, Happy Anniversary! I would love to duplicate the exquisite shrimp, mango, and avocado, over the Israeli couscous! Sooo amazing, vibrant, beautiful, and delicious!
    Glad that you and Bill enjoyed your special time in NYC. Can't get over the 'mountain' high pile of the fries, infused with rosemary, and garlic slices...yumm!
    Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  15. Hi Kathy, Happy Anniversary! the shrimp looks beautiful with the couscous and mango.

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  16. Happy Anniversary Kathy, this is such a classy dinner :D
    Who doesn't love mango?

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Love this version, although I love ceviche, too! Very fresh and perfect for a late summer's evening!

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  18. Happy Anniversary Kathy! These shrimps with the fruits look absolutely exquisite!

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  19. The seared shrimp version looks really delicious. I'll have to try it that way some time.

    You chose such a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary! I'm glad you had a great time.

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  20. I think I would have loved this. The raw fish didn't grab me, but I like the flavours, so I think this would suit me just fine.

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  21. Glad you had such a lovely anniversary weekend & enjoyed The Spotted Pig. NYC is beautiful in the fall.
    We missed each other by a week :-) We enjoyed our weekend in the city and it was fun to take Joe back to La Grenouille. (We both had souffles - I had the Cointreau and he had the pistachio! So, so good!).

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  22. While I enjoyed the ceviche version of this recipe, your take on it looks absolutely wonderful!

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  23. What a great anniversary trip and lovely food! I think the East Coast Doristas need a sunny Palm Springs trip this winter!

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