Friday, February 8, 2013

Our favorite salad...Shrimp and Avocado with Crab Louis

We started fasting on Tuesday evening and Wednesday lunch so that whatever we made the night before we could take to lunch the next day. The Orthodox church considers sundown the beginning of the next day so no problem with the Lord there. Yes, I know this is not strict fasting food since it has eggs and milk products so this won't work for you by the book Orthodox Christians. Our personal fasting rules are more relaxed and after all, it is personal.

A long time ago I received Bernard Schimmel's Cookbook that was published for the Joslyn Art Museum. It is out of print by now of course.  Normally these cookbooks don't offer much but this one had some really great recipes including our current version of Caesar Dressing. We ran across this Crab Louis dressing in the cookbook and paired it with boiled eggs, avocado and boiled or roasted shrimps over a lettuce bed. Delicious with a few croutons for good measure, we have been enjoying this for years. If I ever opened a place of my own this would definitely be on the list. Make sure you get some larger meaty shrimps and cook them yourself so they are not rubbery. 

Other great items in here are Bearnaise, Hollander's, Coquille St. Jacques. So many little recipes I have been making out of here. Crazy how useful this has been and it has a few of my favorite pieces from the museum in it too. Bonus!

Joslyn presents Bernard Schimmel's masterpieces

Make the dressing first and allow to sit in the fridge for a few hours.

2 T lemon juice and 1 tsp.  zest
1/2 c mayo
1/8 c ketchup
1/8 c chili sauce (you can use cocktail sauce if you like or chili garlic sauce)
1 T Worcestershire
1/4 cream
2 T chives
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp.  of hot sauce

Combine all and allow the flavors to meld in the fridge. Thin with milk if needed and pour over the assembled salad. Like I said we use a bed of lettuce, cubed or sliced avocado, a few meaty shrimp and a smattering of croutons.

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