Garnish ceviche recipes with tortilla chips or, as shown above, fried plantain strips. Photo by Food Colors | IST.
KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.
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How To Serve Shrimp Ceviche
Ceviche is a versatile dish. You can mix up any combination of fish and shellfish, or make it with just one variety. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Help save the planet by choosing sustainable fish and shellfish.)
You can mix in:
- Diced green, orange, red or yellow bell peppers (or a mixture)
- Chopped or thin-sliced red onions
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced black or green olives
- Slivered cucumbers
- Any vegetable that appeals to you, from artichoke to zucchini
You can serve it as:
- Hors d’oeuvre, with cocktails, beer or wine
- First course
- Fish course
- Luncheon course, on a bed of greens
- Healthy, low calorie snack
You can plate it in any way that inspires you:
- In a martini glass or goblet
- In a parfait glass
- In a small glass bowl or ramekin
- In a coquille shells (scallop shells)—real or porcelain
- In a serving bowl, from which guests help themselves
- On a tostada
- In a taco shell
- On a plate in a lettuce cup, in romaine spears or on a bed of salad
We prefer a martini glass or goblet, because it’s easy to drink the delicious marinade (called tiger’s milk, leche de tigre).
You can garnish it as you wish with:
- Cucumber spears
- Crackers (Saltines are popular in Panama)
- Endive leaves
- Fresh herb sprigs (cilantro, parsley or rosemary, or try gremolata)
- Gourmet potato chips (that’s north-of-the-border fusion)
- Tortilla chips
- Plantain chips
- Terra chips or other root chips
- Toast points
And don’t forge a lime wedge!
What To Drink With Ceviche
Ceviche is acidic, which can conflict with some wines. If you want wine, choose a very dry and crisp white wine:
- Complementary wines include Albariño from Spain; unoaked or Old World Chardonnay such as Chablis from France; Grüner Veltliner from Austria; and Muscadet, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from France are good starts. For something at a connoisseur level, try French Gewürtztraminer and Riesling.
- Cocktails are more ceviche-friendly, especially those made with lime (like a Gin & Tonic). Margaritas are terrific!
- Lemonade or limeade complements the citrus in the ceviche. Feel free to mix in gin, vodka or tequila.
- Sparkling water with lime hits the spot.
- Iced tea with a squeeze of lemon or lime is perfect on a hot day.
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