Day Nineteen: Shrimp bruschetta

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October 9, 2012 by chicagogrilling365

Hello, again.

I had a pretty frustrating work night, and I think this was the first day I just didn’t feel like coming home and grilling.

I didn’t want to go to the store and think about what to buy, what else to buy that would go well with it, and then other stuff that tastes good too.

I really wanted to stay on the same barstool until around two, take the train home and watch garbage until Jenny got home.

But we knew these days would happen.

They’re inevitable. And while I really wanted to phone it in and do something really lazy, I decided that that would be infinitely lame of me.

So I decided to do shrimp.

We haven’t done any seafood yet. Shame.

So after getting shrimp, I thought, “well, what have we got at home?”

Well, not a lot. But we have lime.


Then I remembered a dish Jenny and I had at G.T. Fish & Oyster a few summers ago that was really simple, but really tasty.

So I grabbed an avocado, some cilantro, a mango, and some baguette, and headed home.

I seasoned ten shrimp with salt and placed them on the grill on medium heat for three minutes on both sides, and pulled them off. Easy stuff.

I pulled the tails off, cut each shrimp into three pieces, and tossed them in a bowl.

Diced mango,red onion, and avocado went in next, followed by about a tablespoon and-a-half of lime juice and some chopped cilantro.

Shrimp salad

I added salt, and mixed the salad.

I cut five pieces of baguette on the bias, brushed them with oil, and quickly marked them on the grill.

You know. Grilled bread.

I realized I hadn’t bought anything to use as a spread when I remembered that we still had the chipotle mayo that Jenny made for her grilled chicken sandwich.


I spread the bread slices with some of that delicious stuff, then topped them with my shrimp salad.

It was a really easy dish. Definitely good for snacks at a party, I suppose.

I’m glad I was able to get over my complacency and make something good.


I’m sure the lazy/cold/tired days will be plentiful. Hopefully Jenny and I can still kick out some good jams.

See you next time, kids.


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