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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Avocado and Shrimp Bruschetta #FoodBloggers4TX

Delicious shrimp, creamy avocado, lime, cilantro and a hint of chili powder piled atop some delicious garlic bread. It is a one of a kind bruschetta appetizer that reminds me of our trip to the Houston shore.



      What a crazy start to hurricane season!  A couple of weeks ago we watched in horror as hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas.  As if the damage from the winds wasn't enough, Harvey continued to dump rain on an already damaged city. Then it rained and rained and rained some more.  It was heartbreaking to turn on the news each night and the images were almost unbelievable. Foot after foot of rainwater forced people to climb onto their roofs to escape the water.  Good Samaritans were rescuing people in their fishing boats and the world watched amazed.



      My friend Susanne from New South Charm messaged me that we should do something to show our support for those affected by the storm.  Though the water has receded, the recovery is far from over.  For some people life may be getting slowly back to normal.  For others it will be weeks or years before the pieces start to come back together.  For many life will never be the same.


      In the meantime the social service agencies in the area are doing their best to keep up with the demand.  While we were not able to show up in our fishing boats to rescue those folks from their roof tops, we can do a little something to support them now.  You can donate to your favorite relief agency.  Maybe you'd like to donate to one of the large and well known agencies like The Red Cross or The Salvation Army.  Since food plays such an integral part in my life, I am a bit partial to the Houston Food Bank and Save the Children.

     We thought in addition to sharing some resources and ways to help, we would show our support by sharing some Texas themed recipes.  We are food bloggers after all and that is what we do!  But what to make that says Texas?  Of course it was tempting to do BBQ or some Tex-Mex.  Those are two of our favorite types of food.

      In the end I was drawn to something a little bit different.  A few years back (ok, almost 8 years ago... how could it possibly have been that long?!) My then brand new fiance and I took a road trip to Houston to see my cousin.  It was the weekend before Thanksgiving and I drove  from my house to his after work to get ready to leave for Texas the next morning.  Little did I know he had spent the day chasing down the mailman to retrieve the ring he needed to propose. That is a story for another day. You'll have to remind me sometime!


       Anyway, fresh off the buzz of a new diamond ring, we packed up and headed south.  We visited the aquarium, were introduced to roller derby and had a blast on our too short trip.  My cousin noted that every time we went out to eat my husband ordered some sort of seafood feast.  If there was a menu item that included the word shrimp, seafood or crab combined with the word feast, that is what he ordered. Without fail. Every time.

        I had my fair share of seafood too, even if not in such grand proportions!  But in a city that even put shrimp in our bloody mary, I figured I had better include shrimp in my recipes.  I thought I could tie in some of those southwestern flavors with lime, cilantro, chili powder and avocado.  Then I piled it all up on some garlic bread and passed it around.

       No surprisingly my husband loved them.  He kept going back for more.  He nicely left the last one on the plate for a couple of minutes to be sure nobody else really wanted it, but after a polite pause he went ahead and finished it off.


       If you are looking for some more great Texas inspired recipes, please scroll down and see what some of the other bloggers created.  I can't wait to get inspired as I just know I am going to be tempted to make them all!

       As I write this, Irma is hitting Florida.  I have friends and family who were in mandatory evacuation zones and some who stayed put.  It is too early to know what kind of destruction it will cause but here's hoping it's nowhere near what Harvey left in his wake.

 

Yield: serves 8-10

Avocado and Shrimp Bruschetta

Delicious shrimp, creamy avocado, lime, cilantro and a hint of chili powder make this bruschetta one of a kind. It reminds me of our visit to the Houston shore.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 Baguette, sliced in about half inch slices
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb shrimp, cooked and peeled
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4-5 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Spread the baguette slices out on a cookie sheet. Stir together garlic and butter and brush over baguette slices. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the lime juice, chili powder and olive oil. Cut the avocado into small cubes and toss in lime juice mixture.
  3. Roughly chop the shrimp. Stir shrimp and cilantro in with the avocado and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon over garlic bread toasts and serve immediately.
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Shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

41 comments:

  1. I bet those are bite size for our fam..at least I know the plate of them would be gone in no time with all the one pops in their little (big) lol, mouths!! Great idea for a linky!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! They certainly didn't last long here either!

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  2. What a gorgeously yummy little bite! I'll take five please!!!

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    1. Sure thing, I'll send them your way!

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  3. *Thud* I never would have thought of this, but what a fabulous idea! I can see these in our future, Carlee! P~

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  4. These look so yummy! They would be so festive for a holiday party.

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    1. They would be a great holiday starter! Thank you!

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  5. These are so perfect for a tailgate or a party! I am not a fan of shrimp but I would make them for all the normal palated people I love!

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    1. Oh heavens. My guys would love to have you as a friend then so they could eat your share as well!

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  6. Perfect appetizer or a light lunch!

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  7. I love these little nibbles Carlee....YUM

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  8. Goodness, I think you got all my favorite flavors in here!

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    1. Perfect! I love it when that happens!

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  9. Avocado & shrimp are two of my absolute favorite things to eat! <3

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    1. They definitely rank up there for me too! :-)

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  10. These look so fantastic, and such a great story too! Perfect for today's celebration of Texas!

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  11. Perfect for football season too. I like a healthier take on apps for game season. Delicious!

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    1. You're right, they would be fun for football! I'll have to keep that in mind myself!

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  12. Yummy! I love this combination of flavors.

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  13. This is such a beautiful and elegant appetizer that it would be perfect at any occasion. Great addition to our tribute today!

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  14. I absolutely love shrimp and avocados!! Awesome combination!!!

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  15. Nothing more perfect to recognize Texas than shrimp! I remember falling in love with Gul Shrimp down there, no other shrimp has ever been the same to me! Love all the flavor you have packed into these bites!

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    1. We had to wander through a few seafood markets when we were on the shore. So fun! Thank you!

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  16. Finger foods are my favorite. I'd have a hard time only eating 1 or 2 of these!

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    1. It is hard to stop, but nobody's making you anyway ;-)

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  17. Hi Carlee, I've been following the devastation the hurricanes have been having over there and my heart goes out to everyone affected. Many lives have been affected and some will never be the same again.

    If shrimps are popular in Texas my husband and my daughter would love it there! These bruschetta would go down well with them. Pinning for future reference.

    xx

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    1. It is amazing how one weather event can change so many lives, isn't it? We would get along famously with your husband and daughter, we are a shrimp loving household!

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  18. I'm not a shrimp fan, but my husband and children are, and would LOVE these. They would be perfect for a party. Hello football season!

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    1. I do think they would be fun to serve for football! Thank you!

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  19. Your Bruschetta looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,we are so happy to have you join us. Have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. Love this blogging for a cause and the yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!

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  21. My husband would love this recipe too. He is a huge shrimp lover. Thanks for being a part of #foodbloggers4TX!

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