After a wonderful week in New Orleans, I thought it was only appropriate that I come home and make a NOLA inspired Guacamole. It only made sense to combine what New Orleans is famous for – it’s amazing seafood and spice mixtures with one of my absolute favorites – guacamole.
I used a Creole spice blend of paprika, celery, sugar, garlic, black pepper, onion, oregano, red pepper, caraway, dill, turmeric, cumin, basil, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. Whew – that’s sure a mouthful. I doused the shrimp with the spices until they were bright red, and then sauteed them in some butter, because really what is better than shrimp + butter, and once they were pink, I just set them aside until needed. Bell Peppers and Onions are all over the place in Creole cooking too! So it was a given that these could have to be added into my newest guacamole creation.
The result: a perfectly smooth guacamole with bites of crispness from the onions and red pepper and a burst of Creole flavors from the shrimp.
You guys have to make this. It screams to be eaten at a summer party with some freshly fried tortilla chips and an ice cold beer.
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