Appetizer with Mojito
Hey everyone, I am cooking dinner for my girlfriend, the entree is mahi mahi with an avocado salsa, dessert is my own creation of dessert sangria soup, the only part missing is the appetizer. I am trying to pair each course with a beverage and I was thinking of doing a mojito for the appetizer.
Basically I am looking for suggestions for a nice appetizer that would flow with the flavors of the meal and would be nicely complimented by the mojito. I would prefer a vegetable dish if possible, but am open to all thoughts. I was considering some kind of tapa but again I am open to anything.
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I definitely think this calls for ceviche! You'll have to do some research to choose one you like, but it'll flow with the light theme of the meal. If you're averse to the fish that is "cooked" in acid, then look for a shrimp ceviche, as the shrimp is often pre-cooked. If you're willing to be a bit more adventurous, look for a scallop one. Just make sure that you don't make it too far ahead, as the acid will decompose the meat too much over time.
My first thought was ceviche as well. But if you really don't want to do seafood and would like to stick to vegetables, I'd do a salad of hearts of palm, tomato, avocado, cucumber and scallion, dressed with seasoned rice vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
i was thinking that thai green papaya salad would go great with what you're serving, though it's not in keeping with the latin theme...typically, it's a spicy dish, but i would take the chilies out and maybe add some cilantro...you may even want to top it with a couple of shrimp.
here's the recipe i use:
soypower, that is my absolute fave salad! the flavors would totally complement mahi mahi and avocado. and i'd leave some chilies in.
it can be made with jicama or cabbage, too. oh, i just love it!
while i love ceviche, too -- the entree is already a fish dish. a vegetable "som tum" (thai green papaya) salad is a good choice. lime, garlic, crunchy, savory salty dried shrimp -- what is not to like?
I ran this by my daughter, the vegetarian, mojito lover.
She said anything cucumber. Maybe sliced toasted garlic baquettes with a liitle cream cheese, roasted red pepper and a slice of cucumber.