It’s great when you can use something natural as a canape base. In this case, fresh pea pods function as little canoes holding a spicy and citrus-y shrimp dip. This bite is lemony and light, crunchy and creamy, so you get the best of textures and tastes.
It’s a little bit fussy to plate, but worth it for the freshness of these flavors meld together. I used an Xacto blade to carefully cut a slit across the tops of the pea pods and a pastry bag with fancy tip to fill the pea pods and make them extra pretty.
Hack Tip: If you don’t have the proper pastry bag, you can put the shrimp dip into a plastic sandwich bag and cut one of the corners off. You won’t get the pattern, but you can squiggle it in for the artistic effect.
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Makes about 40 bites
STEAM THE SHRIMP
24 shrimp (51-60 count)
Steam the shrimp for 2-3 min. Finely dice.
GET OUT THE FOOD PROCESSOR… MAKE THE SHRIMP DIP
1 container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
6 TB Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
juice from 1 1/2 lemons
2 tsp lemon zest
2 TB dill, minced
1 tsp thyme, finely monced
1/2 tsp Sriracha
1 tsp coarse black pepper
Pulse together all the ingredients. Move to a bowl, refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours.
STUFF THE PEAPODS
40 pea pods (on the large side)
dill, cut into tiny fronds
With a sharp knife or xacto blade, slit open the pea pods on the top. Pipe in the dip. Garnish with dill fronds.
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