“Would you like to start with a shot of Tequila?” Now that is a proper way to be greeted at a party. If you want to show some real cojones, leave salt and lemon in the kitchen this time and raise the temperature with our Mexican style shrimp bites.
Grocery listRecipe ingredients are usually given for 4 portions, but hey, we’re talking party time here, so we’ve shaken and stirred the quantities for you and here’s what you’ll need for 8 bites:
- 8 fresh shrimp tails
- half of a red bell pepper
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 1 red chilli
- 2 small shallot onions
- 2 limes
- 1 mango
- 1 orange
- sea salt, black pepper
- cooking oil
… aaaand, of course, don't forget the TEQUILA! Reposado Tequila, which means 'rested', is a fine choice.
We turned to George Clooney’s Casamigos Reposado, as we’ve always trusted this man’s taste for the good things in life – yep, George has scored yet again! While it mightn't make you as charming as Mr Clooney, you can still impress guests with some fast&interesting facts about the Tequila that you can pick-up in our SmartAss corner.
All the bases are now covered, but! ...there is this ingrediente secreto that will turn a good recipe into a great recipe: A COCKTAIL BITTER.
Trust your instincts with the selection, but if you do want a little hint, Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Teapot bitters worked really great for us.
Let the bites take flight!First of all, marinate the shrimps in Tequila and season with sea salt and pepper. Heat up a pan, add a splash of neutral tasting plant oil (sunflower, grape-seed or any other similar oil) and fry the shrimps for a few minutes until golden brown, then turn them and fry on the other side. Leave them to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate before serving.
Now we're flying and it's time for...Chop chop! Chopping time!
Cut the bell pepper into tiny dice pieces and follow this up by peeling and cutting the mango and orange into equally small pieces. Chop the shallots, jalapeño pepper, chilli and lime zest into even tinier pieces, making sure to remove all the seeds from the jalapeño and chilli. Save some of the jalapeño rings for garnishing.
Immediately before serving, mix all of the ingredients together, squeeze a lime into the mixture, season with salt and add a few drops of cocktail bitter.
To serve, place the mixture into small glass bowls or glasses and top each one with a shrimp. Add a pinch of sea salt (preferably fleur de sel) to each shrimp and serve with a shot of tequila. Magnífico!!
Savour the taste budsFor the top pairing experience, we suggest you have some shrimp first, followed by a sip of Tequila, then finish off the taste bud extravaganza with a spoonful of the beautifully refreshing mixture and let the flavours explode in your mouth â â â
Hombre, this party is shaping up to be worthy of the Hollywood stars!!