Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1 lime
½ tsp. kosher salt
4 slices crusty artisan bread, such as sourdough
10-12 oz. medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing
¾ tsp. red pepper flakes*
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pea shoots or sprouts, for garnish

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    Preheat the broiler.  Remove the pits from the avocados and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl.  Coarsely mash with a fork.  Add in the lime juice and salt and continue to mash until the mixture has reached your desired consistency.

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    Place slices of bread on a baking sheet, brush lightly with olive oil, and place underneath the broiler just until slightly charred, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  Cool briefly, then spread each slice of bread with an even layer of the avocado mixture.

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    Place the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the red pepper flakes and garlic to the oil.  Let warm slowly, about 5 minutes, to infuse the oil with the flavors of the red pepper and garlic.  After 5 minutes, increase the heat to medium-high.  Add the shrimp to the pan in a single layer.  Let cook until just pink on the bottom side.  Flip with tongs and let cook about 1 minute more, just until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from the heat.  Toss lightly to coat well with the garlic oil.  Let cool briefly.  Layer the shrimp over the avocado spread on the sandwiches.  Top each serving with a sprinkling of pea shoots or sprouts.  Serve.

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    *In my experience, red pepper flakes vary widely in potency.  Some are very mild while others pack a punch. If you are timid about spice, start with less and add more as you like.  For me as written, this had mild spice.