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How do I finish this recipe???

post #1 of 15
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I made something the other night and first of all, I don't even know what to call it.

But more importantly, something wasn't right with one of the ingredients and I was hoping to get a little feedback.

Here it is (what I've got right now):

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Arrange mixed greens on the dish (for plating mostly)

The base sauce goes as follows:
1 crushed (liquid) banana
2 tsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2 Tbsp miracle whip

Next I took about a half-pound large, cooked tail-on shrimp and seared them in a pan, just enough to turn them brown.

Top the mixed greens with the base sauce. After that, arrange the shrimp atop the base sauce, and sprinkle the following on top:

1/2 diced apple
2 or 3 large diced strawberries
1 diced kiwi


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Now the dish came out pretty good, but the miracle-whip was a big mistake. I don't know where I came up with that, but it definitely wasn't right for the dish I made. I was thinking sour cream for next time, but I was hoping to get some feedback in here about what might work better with the crushed banana/mint sauce.

Comments?
post #2 of 15
I would try yogurt.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Awesome!!

I was thinking sour cream, yogurt hadn't even occurred to me! Great idea.
post #4 of 15
Yogurt would be my first choice. And I'd add a pinch of powdered cardamom as well.

I'd also make sure that among the greens was Arugala or something on the bitter side, just to perk things up a little.

The apple should be acidified or else it will turn brown.

As to a name, what's wrong with something simple, like Fruited Shrimp?
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post #5 of 15
Juice from a fresh lemon.
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post #6 of 15
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2 questions for you:

1) whats cardamom?

2) How does one acidify an apple?
post #7 of 15
Cardamom is a spice, popularly used in Indian cuisine, often to flavour rice.
I assume that what is meant by "acidifying" apple is coating it with lemon juice or some other acidic medium to stop discoloration.
post #8 of 15
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Awesome. Thanks everyone! I'll post the finished recipe after I make my adjustments.
post #9 of 15
Yeah, you definitely need something tart to balance the sweetness of the banana and to keep the banana and apple from getting brown and disgusting-looking (well, the mashed banana is already somewhat brown, but . . .).
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post #10 of 15
Normally, you acidify by making a dilute mixture of lemon juice and water; a tsp of juice per quart of water will do it. But your recipe needs the tartness, so I would toss the fruits in fresh lemon juice.

And go easy with the cardamom. That stuff has a lot of reach, and you don't wan't it overpowering everything. Just a little pinch, at first. You can always add more if needed.
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post #11 of 15
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I've never even heard of cardamom, I'll have to experiment with it before I go all-out.
post #12 of 15
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This is how it came out when I was done. So pretty I felt I had to share it.
post #13 of 15
If it were me, I'd just slice the apples thin (maybe 1/4 inch or a little less?) and use the kiwi more as a garnish than anything. It's a lot of fruit. The shrimp is the protein so you kind of want to see more of it...make it more the star of the dish.
post #14 of 15
Toasted almonds or cashews would be a nice crunchy addition.
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post #15 of 15
Lemon juice and chilis!
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