Total time: 55 minutes, plus chilling time
Servings: 12 canapes
Note: Adapted from "The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller
3 tablespoons very finely diced red onion
3 tablespoons peeled, seeded and very finely diced cucumber
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons very finely diced avocado
1 teaspoon olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1. In a small bowl, mix together the red onion and cucumber. Carefully fold in the avocado, taking care not to crush it.
2. Add the oil. Season with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Shrimp and assembly
1 quart water
1 carrot, cut in 1/2 -inch rounds
3/4 cup coarsely chopped onions
1 leek, split lengthwise, washed and cut into 1/2 -inch pieces (about 1/2 cup), outer leaves reserved