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Fried Shrimp Flatbreads with Spicy Cardamom Sauce
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Fried Shrimp Flatbreads with Spicy Cardamom Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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At his L.A. spot, Josef Centeno has done what few chefs do: developed a new kind of sandwich bread. Called the bäco, it’s a very supple flatbread. But his creative fillings, like the fried shrimp here with cardamom-chile sauce and herbed crema, are sensational on any kind of flatbread, or even rolled inside flour tortillas.

sauces

  1. 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  2. 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  4. 2 tablespoons minced chives
  5. Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  6. 7 garlic cloves, minced
  7. Salt
  8. Freshly ground black pepper
  9. 4 Thai chiles, minced
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

fried shrimp

  1. 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  2. 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  3. 16 large shrimp (about 1 pound), shelled and deveined
  4. Vegetable oil, for frying
  5. Salt
  6. Four 10-inch, thin flatbreads, such as naan, or thick flour tortillas, warmed
  7. 1 Hass avocado, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick
  8. 1/4 cup sliced pickled red onions (from a jar of pickled beets and onions)
  1. PREPARE THE SAUCES In a bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the buttermilk, mint, chives, lemon zest and 1 minced garlic clove; season the crema with salt and pepper.
  2. In a blender, combine the remaining minced garlic with the chiles, cardamom, cumin and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. Season the cardamom sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. PREPARE THE SHRIMP Put the beaten egg and panko in separate bowls. Dip the shrimp in the egg, then dredge in the panko; transfer to a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a saucepan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350°. Fry 4 shrimp at a time, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to drain; season with salt. When all of the shrimp have been fried, transfer them to the oven and bake until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Spread the warm flatbreads with the spicy sauce. Arrange the avocado and the shrimp on top. Scatter the pickled onion on top, drizzle with the crema and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Rich, white Rhône-style blend.

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