Picture yourself on a little beach somewhere in coastal South America, where shade is hard to find, the water is a gorgeous aquamarine, and the sand is glittering white. Sunbathing, even shadebathing, is hard work, and since you’ve already eaten all the chili dusted mango slices you packed this morning, you’re ready for lunch.
A little hole in the wall just footsteps away from the beach serving succulent shrimp with some sort of verde sauce is the only thing you can find to eat, so of course you buy a plate and dig in. One bite and you know you’ve struck gold, green gold! What is that amazing sauce, and how can it be so spicy and yet so intensely flavorful? Without hesitation you order another plate, this time to try and figure out how to replicate the sauce once you wake up….. Too late, the alarm rings and you realize it’s Wednesday and you have a work presentation in three hours. Talk about rude awakening! The sauce would have to wait…
This green sauce is anything but mean. Oh, yes, it’s spicy, but that’s part of its allure. I make up batches of this sauce in the food processor to use in flatbread recipes, eggs, pizzas, almost everything that could use a fiery little kick. In this recipe, it acts as a nice, zesty base for your cooked shrimp. It truly is the stuff dreams are made of!
-Amy at Flatout
Shrimp Verde Flatbread
- 1 Flatout flatbread, Light Original
- 6 ounces of shrimp, cooked
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, part skim
- 1 bunch cilantro, stems and all
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 pod cardamom, seeds only
- 1 small jalapeño, seeded, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place Flatout flatbread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for two minutes, then remove from the oven. In a food processor, combine the cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, cardamom seeds, and lime juice until well blended and spreadable; season with salt and pepper. Spread this green sauce over the flatbread, then arrange the shrimp over that, and finally scatter the mozzarella cheese over everything. Bake at 375°F for four minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.