This is an edited reprint of an article first posted on our sister blog, Gourmay.net featuring a great shrimp and avocado salsa recipe. This recipe was served to us by Diane Turner, but several family chefs have had a role in perfecting it. In any event, there is an instructional video from Natasha’s Kitchen for those that would like to see a different variation of shrimp and avocado salsa.
Please note that most of this blog post is about Fredericksburg, Texas and the wonderful museum of the Pacific War (WWII) in honor of Admiral Nimitz.
For those unfamiliar with the Hill Country in central Texas, you are missing a big treat. From the perspective of a Yankee, “the hills” are rather nondescript; the towns little more than a stage set for a Sergio Leone cowboy flick; and the scenery rather bleak unless scrub brush, cows, and ample road-kill brings out the artist in you. Despite this ominous introduction, I find peace and solace in this remarkable piece of country whose center is Fredericksburg located about 70 miles north west of Austin.
It has been several years since we were last in the Hill Country, but I still vividly recall visiting the Museum of the Pacific War, often referred to as the Nimitz Museum after Admiral Nimitz who grew up in Fredericksburg and decided to join the Navy. Go figure: Maybe he just got tired of the Hill Country dust.
This is not a high-tech museum designed to keep your kids entertained, but a serious and loving attempt to trace the story of this remarkable man whose integrity, “smarts” and ability to keep his ego in check, greatly contributed to our success in the Pacific war. This self-effacing gentleman refused to have the museum named after him and, instead, dedicated it to the many who had fallen in the Pacific War. Shortly after you enter the museum, there is a beautifully manicured Garden of Peace that was donated to the museum by the Japanese in honor of Admiral Nimitz.
As you work your way through the museum, you can’t help be touched by the many letters, photographs and revealing stories that trace the life of Admiral Nimitz and vividly portray the events in the Pacific War. During the better part of three hours that we spent wandering through the museum, I came across this remarkable recipe for shrimp salsa that Admiral Nimitz contributed to Hill Country cooking folklore.
Hill Country Shrimp Salsa
Yield 4-8 servings
This is a Hill Country variation of the traditional guacamole. The shrimp adds a little variety. Watch the jalapenos for those that may be sensitive to spicy foods.
- 1-2 lbs boiled shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 4 or 5 avocados chopped
- 8 small tomatoes (quartering grape or cherry tomatoes works best)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 2-4 jalapeños, chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 jar cocktail seafood sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- salt to taste
- Combine shrimp, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, jalapeños and lime juice in a bowl and mix gently.
- Stir in the cocktail sauce, ketchup and salt.
- Chill until serving time and then serve with tortilla chips.
For other interesting shrimp recipes, sample the following:
and my personal favorite,