Oh boy are these delicious, and you don’t have to be gluten-free or paleo to enjoy them! The wonderful thing about this dish is, it’s both! It’s also nice because you can do much of this ahead and assemble at the end.
We’ve played around with the recipe and found that 1/2 inch thick is the perfect size for the sweet potato crisp to hold the shrimp and guacamole.
I originally saw this idea @joyfulhealthyeats and although we’ve made some modifications, hers is marvelous too!
Spicy Shrimp Guacamole Crisps
- 2 Japanese sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 avocados
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- juice of 1 lime
- 1-1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- kosher salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 425.
Slice the potatoes 1/2 inch thick. You want them thin enough to crisp up, yet substantial enough to hold up.
Cover bottom of baking sheet with tin foil. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to tin foil and spread to coat evenly. Place sweet potato slices on the tin foil, being careful not to crowd the pan. Likely you will do two different baking sheets.
Brush the tops of the sweet potato slices with the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and bake for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Remove from oven.
In a food processor blend avocado, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt. Lightly pulse until the mixture is smooth. Cover and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and chipotle powder. Toss shrimp in the mixture being sure to coat evenly.
Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil to the pan and then place the shrimp. Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side. Once the shrimp are griddled, remove from the skillet and slice shrimp in half, longways (so you can see the entire length of the shrimp, but it’s just half of it).
Place a dollop of guacamole in the middle of each sweet potato slice. Then take a shrimp half and place on top, pressing gently so that the shrimp stick, but do not push the guacamole all the way to the edges. Garnish with cilantro and serve.