Hooray for Hors d’Ouerves: Avocado Dip & Marinated Shrimp

Hors d’ Ouerves Week continues with two other dishes from card A1 from the Cookindex recipe card set.

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Oh, the culinary tricks and treats that lie in this box!

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Card A1 through the “magic window”

First up is Marinated Shrimp!

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The little pink pan there indicates that this is an electric skillet dish. Isn’t it so funny how big the electric skillet was in the 50s? I mean, I love mine–but why would I drag out the electric skillet when all I had to do was boil some water and cook the shrimp in it? Well, all I had to do was boil some water and cook the shrimp in it, so the electric skillet stayed in the cupboard.

Now. boiling and chilling would just make a regular ol’ shrimp cocktail. But these are marinated! And what an odd marinade it is. Just because it is so basic. And bland. There isn’t enough vinegar to give it a pickled flavor. The Tabasco and Worcestershire levels are low. And sugar. Sugar?

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It just seems like there should be more to it, right?

Well, whatever, I tossed the shrimp in it and put it in a Tupperware to chill.

Moving on…

Don’t get this confused with guacamole, because this isn’t guacamole, it’s Cookindex Avocado Dip!

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Yup. No peppers. No tomato. This is different.

The dip was chunk-free so it was smooth. And it wasn’t avocado colored because the main ingredient was sour cream.

But I dropped the “seed” (seed? It’s a pit, Cookindex. A PIT!) into the dip in the hopes that it wouldn’t darken:

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And guess what?

It didn’t darken!

Here are the two dishes, at Thanksgiving dinner, in a cute little fishy dish:thanksgiving dishes 013

The avocado dip was mild; kind of like a horseradish-sour cream that you’d dip jalepeno poppers or fried green tomatoes. But more complex because the avocados made it buttery. Now, I am very faithful to Old Bay and I love a good cocktail sauce, but hot damn, this avocado dip was great with the shrimp.

And the shrimp was definitely not pickled, nor extremely flavored by the marinade; but seemingly the vinegar and oil just made the shrimp more buttery. Not a bad thing.

I look forward to dipping back (ha!) into this recipe card set again. Perhaps for the next party I attend? We shall see.

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9 Responses to Hooray for Hors d’Ouerves: Avocado Dip & Marinated Shrimp

  1. Huh. I thought the oil would ruin a marinade (at least with 3/4 cup!). Interesting.

    This was too normal–needs more loaves of stuff and canned tuna!

  2. missrose10 says:

    I have some avacados in the the fridge right now, on sale at Safeway her in CA, I was going to make a healthy salad wit them but this sounds like much more fun.

  3. Conor Bofin says:

    The entire concept breaks me up. Keep at it.

  4. baylor003 says:

    Okay, I can’t eat shrimp, but I was so hoping you were going to do this one soon! (I spied it in the deviled egg post lol) I really really wanted to know about the avocado dip…I LOVE avocado!

  5. I love your fish dish! I’d devote a whole room to novelty kitchenware if I had unlimited time and money.

  6. Jill says:

    Steal that fish plate. Seriously. Too cute!

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