Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shrimp and Avocado with an Old-School Marie Rose Sauce

Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there!  In order to beat the crowds, my Mom and I went out for lunch yesterday afternoon.  After lunch we did quite a bit of shopping and I found all sorts of things to buy: a purse, a top, a dress, flip flops, and a new suitcase....because after two years we're finally going on another vacation!  Woo hoo!  I love traveling just as much as cooking so I'm really excited about that.

Today is going to be a low key day, but Mum's the Word so my Mom and I did have a special lunch.  We had this slightly indulgent Shrimp and Avocado with Old-School Marie Rose Sauce. It was simple, quick (12 minutes), and loaded with lots of flavor and texture.

Shrimp and Avocado with an Old-School Marie Rose Sauce
Adapted from Jamie Food Revolution
Serves 2

1 or 2 ripe avocados
1 or 2 large handfuls of sprouted cress or alfafa 
all-purpose flour
1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and cleaned
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 heaped teaspoon paprika
extra virgin olive oil

For the Marie Rose Sauce:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon whiskey
1 lemon
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper    

Carefully cut into your avocado until you hit the pit, then run the knife around it to halve it.  Gently twist the two halves and pull them apart.  Carefully remove the pit and discard, then peel the skin off and discard that too.  Cut the cress or alfalfa.  Put a handful or two of flour into a bowl.  Drop your shrimp into the bowl of flour and toss until they're completely coated.  To make your sauce, put your mayo into a bowl with the ketchup, a small splash of Worcestershire sauce, and the booze.  Halve the lemon and squeeze in the juice from one of the halves.  Cut the remaining half into wedges for serving.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.  Give it a taste and add a touch more salt, pepper, and lemon juice if you think it needs it.

Get yourself a large frying pan and place it on high heat.  When the pan is hot, pour in 2 good lugs of olive oil. Bash and break up your garlic cloves with your hand and add these to the pan, immediately followed by your flour-dusted shrimp.  Toss them well to coat them in the hot oil.  Count to ten, then add a pinch of salt and pepper, and the paprika for flavor and color.  Keep tossing your shrimp, trying to keep them in a single layer in the pan so they cook evenly, for about 3-4 minutes, until crisp and golden.

Divide your avocado halves between your plates.  Divide the cress or alfalfa over the avocados an place the shrimp next to them.  Drizzle a few good spoonfuls of your Marie Rose sauce over the avocados.  Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika.  Serve with wedges of lemon for squeezing over.  Fantastic!

Notes/Results:  Heaven!  Mom and I loved the creaminess of the avocado with the crispy coated shrimp.  I've seen a lot of recipes calling for Marie Rose sauce and had never tried it before today.  Marie Rose sauce is such a simple blend of ingredients, but compliments both the avocado and the shrimp extremely well.  This was an amazing lunch, one we are already craving again.

Note: I couldn't find sprouts so I subbed lettuce leaves. 


  1. This is such a great "ladies lunching" meal...perfect for Mother's Day. Wish I had a plate...yum! Happy Mother's Day :D

  2. Yum! I agree with Heather...a great ladies lunch. I've never heard of Marie Rose sauce, but with lemon and Worcestershire I know I'd love it with shrimp. Sometimes when I hit on a sauce I like, I make certain things just to have the sauce.

    Glad you had fun shopping!

  3. Hi Miss Kim! FIrst of all, and most importantly, I hope that you are having a beautiful and blessed Mother's Day with your family!!!! Secondly, I thought of you while watching the Kentucky Derby yesterday! And finally, what a nice "Jamie" recipe to share! I probably won't be back in action in the kitchen for a few weeks while on vacation, and I'm going to get to all of your back posts that I'm sorry I fell behind in reading and commenting since a month ago when work got so super busy! Hope all is well!!!

  4. Awww sounds like you and your mom had a super fun day together! LOVE!

    Marie rose sauce...I've never heard of it but somehow I feel like it's going to weasel it's way into my life...soon.

  5. Sounds like a great day with your Mom. This looks fabulous--love the shrimp and avocado pairing--yum!
    Happy Mother's Day! ;-)

  6. This looks great - the sauce is right up my alley!

  7. That looks yummy and the Marie Rose sauce sounds amazing...I'm surprised at the whiskey, but at least my hubby will like that lol.

  8. Thanks for that recipe! I often make a dip using mayo and ketchup for either crudites or to go along what we call here "Chinese Fondue" but I had never thought of putting lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and whisky! Will try!

  9. What a great meal. It also sounds like you had a great day. That sauce sounds really delicious and I would have loved to share this meal with you. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Beautiful! I love shrimpies and avocado. I have never heard of Marie Rose sauce before. I'll have to try it one day!

  11. That Maria Rose sauce is on my "must do" list - it is new to me and I can see that it perfectly complements the shrimp.

  12. Kim, this looks like the perfect lunch to share with a Mum or a good friend - love the idea of the creamy avocado with the crispy shrimp. I have never heard of Marie Rose Sauce, but I'm guessing it's a bit like what we used to think of as shrimp cocktail sauce. Sounds delicious anyway, and is definitely on my must try list :-)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - it was really lovely to hear from you.

    Sue xo

  13. This reminded me of a pasta sauce I used to make called Marie Rose - it was tomato sauce with cream added. It didn't have the whiskey like this one - sounds like an amazing sauce for the crispy shrimp!

  14. This is a fabulous recipe that I also have done a couple times with perfect results. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

  15. What a lovely dish to share with you're mother. Love the crispy shrimp and now i'm curious about the Marie sause.

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