Jul 12, 2015

Shrimp And Jalapeno Nachos

"What better way to 'fiesta' than with this beautiful plate of alternative nachos? This will make a very delicious change of pace to the traditional version. Each nacho is separate from the next so you don't end up with a plate containing one giant nacho that you have to pull apart." -Recipe by Chef John/All Recipes


Recipe makes 50 nachos

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 pound small Gulf shrimp (50 to 60 per pound), thawed and drained
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
50 large (restaurant-style) tortilla chips, or as needed
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and very thinly sliced
3 1/2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese, or as needed
15 cherry tomatoes, sliced - or as needed
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Combine sour cream, avocado, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer into a plastic decorating bottle with a long tip. Refrigerate avocado-cream sauce until needed.
  • Place shrimp into a bowl; combine with vegetable oil, ground chipotle pepper, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Place a large nonstick pan over high heat. Cook shrimp in the hot pan in a single layer until barely cooked through and pink, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate and let shrimp cool.
  • Preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease the foil.
  • Lay tortilla chips onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Place 1 shrimp onto each chip. Add 1 slice jalapeno and 1 large pinch pepperjack cheese on top of each shrimp.
  • Broil under preheated broiler until cheese is melted and chips are lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Watch carefully; chips will burn quickly.
  • Remove nachos from baking sheet and arrange onto a serving platter; drizzle with avocado-cream sauce and sprinkle with cherry tomatoes and cilantro before serving.

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