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Avocado and Chile-Spiced Fried Eggs on Shrimp Toast

Serves 4
  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:30 min
May 2009
This recipe is a culinary Labradoodle—a combo of favorites bred together. In this enterprise, avocado is spliced with the food editor Maggie Ruggiero most loves to eat it with: toast, shrimp, pepper, and crisp fried eggs, all hybridized into one helluva snack. (Editor’s note: This recipe is solely the creation of Maggie Ruggiero and has not been formally tested by the Test Kitchen.)

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For thai-dressed avocado

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 fresh Thai chile, thinly sliced, including seeds
  • 1 firm-ripe 6- to 8-oz avocado

For shrimp toast

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices firm white bread, crusts removed

For chile-spiced eggs

  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon Asian garlic chile sauce (preferably Lan Chi or Sriracha)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • A handful of cilantro sprigs

Dress avocado:

  • Stir together shallot, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chile. Thinly slice avocado and spread out in a shallow bowl, then drizzle with dressing. Let stand while making shrimp toast and eggs.

Make shrimp toast:

  • Preheat broiler.
  • Cook garlic in oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring, until pale golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer garlic with oil to a food processor (reserve skillet for eggs) and pulse with shrimp, water, sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper until coarsely chopped. Add scallions and pulse once or twice just to combine.
  • Toast bread, then divide shrimp mixture among slices (about 1/3 cup each), spreading it in a thick, even layer. Cut in half diagonally and arrange on a baking sheet. Broil shrimp toast 4 to 5 inches from heat until topping is cooked through, 8 to 9 minutes.

Make eggs while shrimp toast broils:

  • Cook scallion with chile sauce in oil in skillet over medium heat, stirring, until scallion begins to sizzle, about 1 minute. Crack eggs into skillet and fry as desired.
To serve: Put 2 shrimp toasts on each of 4 plates and top with avocado. Top with fried eggs and scatter cilantro over eggs.
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