Shrimp With Chipotle Sauce

"This is one of my favourite appetizers, adapted from The Surreal Gourmet. You can adjust the 'heat' by changing the amount of chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. I usually serve this as an appetizer over a mesclun mix of leaf lettuces, herbs, and tender greens."
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  • Chipotle Dry rub:

  • Shell, clean, and devein shrimp. Leave the tails on.
  • Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a medium-size bowl, mix oregano, thyme, lemon pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Toss shrimp thoroughly with mixed spices. Keep refrigerated until ready for cooking.
  • Heat oil and chipotle pepper and sauce in a well-seasoned iron skillet or non-stick pan over high heat.
  • Place about ten shrimp in pan so that each one has enough room to lie on its side.
  • Cook for approximately 1-1/2 minutes per side, or until shrimp is no longer translucent. Do not overcook.
  • Serve hot, or at room temperature, with cilantro dipping sauce.
  • To prepare Cilantro Dipping Sauce:

  • Blend cilantro and lime juice in a food processor or blender until cilantro is liquefied. Pour into a small bowl and use a fork to blend in sour cream until fully blended into a pale green sauce.
  • Refrigerate until ready for use.

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  1. ELS7493
    These were just 'ok' for me. I made them exactly as written. I thought the cilantro sauce was too runny and the lime flavor was very overpowering - by itself it was disgusting, but with the shrimp it was ok. I don't think I will make this again. Sorry!
  2. Mrs.Jack
    I served this Christmas Eve and it was my husband's favorite dish of the night! I did cut back the heat but it was still great, with or without the sauce. I did add a little mayo to the sauce to thicken it a bit. Fast, easy, and sooooo good!!!
  3. Lawsome
    These were amazing! The shrimp was really easy to make and would make a great party appetizer! I had to use dried cilantro in the sauce, (I know, no comparison to fresh), but it turned out great anyway. Next time, though, I will try making the sauce with fresh.
  4. karen in tbay
    We are currently on a chipotle spree and we totally enjoyed this recipe. My hubby blended the sour cream and cilantro frozen cubes which resulted in a very runny sauce but will try and thicken with another pepper and more sour cream or perhaps mayo. Will definitely make again to share with friends.
  5. CountryLady
    I must agree with the rest of the party animals - this appetizer was delicious! The cilantro dip was a perfect foil for the heat of the shrimp ......... so much so that I had trouble keeping my fingers out of the bowl. Thanx Elly, for bringing this dish to the party and for sharing the recipe!



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