Lately, I haven't been making my usual grocery shopping lists, but I like to have certain things on hand for if a recipe strikes me as interesting. During my quickie farmers market run last weekend, I decided to get one thing that I haven't used in a recipe yet on this blog. I love blackberries, but haven't really ever cooked with them. I found many recipes for tarts, crumbles, and pies, but this one struck me because it took sweet blackberries and paired them in a savory dish. Since I was being spontaneous, I had to use what I had on hand which meant instead of crab, I had to use shrimp to make the cakes. I don't normally buy mayonnaise, but I found some in my roommate's section of the fridge. Shh...don't tell her. This is fairly simple and very quick to make since shrimp cook so fast. I love the color that the blackberries gave the sauce and the cool sweet sauce went very well with the spice in the shrimp cakes.
I hope your week is going well. I am getting more and more excited to see Adele this Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. Of course we are going to do the evening right and bring a fantastic picnic. I am not sure what exactly we will be having, but Raulito has put in a request for feta salsa. Have an excellent picnic recipe you think I should try? Leave it in the comments!
Shrimp Cakes with Blackberry Dipping Sauce
(Adapted from Food, Wine, and Dogs)
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and finely chopped
2 green onions, minced
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg lighly beaten
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4-5 fresh blackberries
In a large bowl mix the shrimp, green onions, chili garlic sauce, Parmesan, breadcrumbs and egg until well combined. Season with salt and a pinch of pepper.
Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and heat over medium-low heat. Use a tablespoon to form small balls of the shrimp mixture, then pat them gently to form cakes. Carefully lower the cakes into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden and the shrimp have cooked through. Drain on towels.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and blackberries, smashing the blackberries with a fork. Serve with the shrimp cakes.