Thursday, September 22, 2011

Making Appetizers!

Headed out to the Sandy River to see friends I decided to bring bruschetta and ceviche. I know it sounds amazing and it was! It was my first time making ceviche and it turned out great! I used an adapted ceviche recipe from Simply Recipes and the bruschetta recipe was my own!

Ceviche Ingredients
1 pound medium-small shrimp, peeled and deveined (mine were cooked but there's instructions on how to cook them in the link-I'm sure they didn't soak up as much flavor but, it was still pretty good)
1 pound bay scallops
2 Tbsp salt
3/4 cup lime juice (juice from 4-6 limes)
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 serrano chile, ribs and seeds removed, minced (it could use more heat, you could barely taste it)
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 cucumber, peeled diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 avocado, peeled, seed removed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

I used Gramma's electric juicer. She used to make grapefruit juice with it. It works perfect!

Clean as whistles!

Chopped serrano, now it really wasn't spicy. I was expecting some more kick and would do something different next time.

1 Put cooked shrimp in dish and add the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour.

2 Mix in the chopped red onion and serrano chile. Refrigerate over night or at least an hour.

3 Right before serving, add the cilantro, cucumber, and avocado.

4 Serves 4-6. It seems that one could add tequila to this mixture as well. Hmmm.


Now the Bruschetta:
4 garden tomatoes
Some cherry tomatoes because they were available
1/2 Sweet onion (or less)
Red bell pepper
Fresh basil
Salt and Pepper

Finished product! I think the bell pepper adds a great taste and would be sad without it.

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