|Ripe Plantain (Firm)||1|
|Vegetable oil (or other oil of your choosing for frying)||1 cup|
|Salt||To taste (roughly 1/2 tsp)|
|Cajun Seasoning||1 tbsp|
|Ground red Pepper||1/2 tsp|
|Minced garlic||1/2 tsp|
I don’t know the true origin of this delightful appetizer, but I first came across a picture of it on Mama Zee’s facebook page. I have since come across it on some other sites while exploring the ‘internets’ and although I haven’t seen a name for it, I am choosing to call it ‘Shrimpvocado!’ It may seem like it has many steps but it’s actually quite quick!
Prep Step 🙁
- You will typically get shrimp frozen. Pre-soak these in water, while you work on the guacamole and plantain
- Slice the avocado completely, making sure to cut across till you hit the pit in the middle
- Scoop out the avocado into a small bowl, and mix in all the ground pepper, pesto, and minced garlic. Add a little bit of salt to taste Note: What you mix into the avocado is completely up to you, this is just my choice for something simple that has a kick to it but is flavorful!
- Cover the bowl completely with some cling wrap and set aside in the fridge
The Plantain (Dodo)!
- Peel the plantain (see this post on peeling). Cut into small ovals. See below
- Heat your oil (save 2 tbsps for the shrimp), keeping on medium heat
- Fry the pieces until slightly browned. Remove from the oil and let it drain on a paper towel Note: It is important to stay with the plantains the whole time while continuously flipping till both sides are golden brown, else it will burn easily. I have burnt many a plantain just by stepping away to take a ‘quick look’ at my phone or something else.
- In a small bowl, combine the shrimp and cajun seasoning and a little bit of salt to taste. (Trust me, stick with just the cajun seasoning)
- In a small frying pan, add in the 2 tbsps of oil and turn on the heat to medium for about 2 mins. Next, add in the shrimp. Ensure each shrimp is flat in contact with the pan
- After 5 mins, flip each shrimp over (seafood cooks quickly). Once done, set aside
- Assembly time! Using a teaspoon, take a small scoop of each of your guac mix, and place on each plantain piece. Next, top each, with a shrimp. You may stick a toothpick through the stack if desired (not pictured here). Voila! C’est fini!
Did you try this recipe or do you do something different with your shrimpvocado? Leave a comment below!