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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tomato Aspic, Avocado Mousse and Seafood

This was the salad course for our New Orleans 24x24 party.  I came up with it based on two dishes we've had - one a salad with tomato aspic, avocados and creamy italian dressing.  The other was a seafood cocktail - served in a martini glass.  Many thanks to Kathyvegas for her tomato aspic posting!  The avocado mousse is from Epicurious.com.





Tomato Aspic








Ingredients:

2 c tomato juice

1 packet unflavored gelatin

1/2 T sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 T wine vinegar

1 1/2 T lemon juice

1/2 T Worcestershire sauce

few dashes hot pepper sauce






Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 c of the tomato juice. Set it aside to soften.



Heat the other ingredients over medium heat to a boil.



Add the gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour into a mold or cups.
Refrigerate to set. This will take a couple of hours.  For this dish, I poured about 1/3 c each into martini glasses.


(from kathyvegas via foodbuzz.com)
Once the aspic was set, I was able to add the avocado mousse.





Avocado Mousse:

 Ingredients:
2 firm-ripe avocados

1 T lemon juice

1 500 mg vitamin C tablet, crushed

1/2 t salt

1 1/4 t gelatin

3 T whole milk

1/3 c chilled heavy cream



Directions:



Pour the milk into a very small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes to soften. Peel and seed the avocados. Place them in a food processor with the lemon juice, Vitamin C and salt. Process until smooth.







Heat the milk on low, stirring occasionally until the gelatin dissolves. Pour slowly into the processor while it is running. Once the milk is incorporated, stop. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Carefully fold the avocado puree into the whipped cream.







For this dish, I spooned a couple of tablespoons of the mousse into each of the martini glasses - on top of the tomato aspic.






Then, I smoothed the mousse and refrigerated the glasses.







adapted from Epicurious.com





Crab and Shrimp Salad


Ingredients:

1 c crabmeat
1 c diced shrimp

Dressing:

1/2 c olive oil
1/4 c lime juice

1 t cumin
1 t honey
1/4 t crushed garlic

Directions:
Mix the dressing.  Add or subtract seasoning to taste.  Just before serving toss with the shrimp and crabmeat.


Top the aspic and mousse with the seafood salad.  We served this with Prosecco.






3 comments:

Drick said...

what an interesting combination - the trio are brilliant together and as I read the ingredients, my mind is still trying to process the cumin with everything else going on...

The Mom Chef said...

Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. I'm not generally an aspic fan, but with the combination of flavors and layers you put together it would totally work. Great job!

Aurica said...

wowww, an excelent combination and treat that gives you energy and freshnes of fruits, look's so amazing and delightful :)