From the Caribbean islands to South American coastlines stretch beaches of endless summer — and the many variations of local ceviche eaten beachside. So passionate are we about ceviche that we created a tasting party to spotlight them.
Citrusy, bright and elegant, ceviche may be one of the greatest culinary pleasures of summer. Not just because there's no cooking involved. With fish, shrimp, shellfish or crab marinated in citrus, combined with peppers, seasonings, herbs and accompaniments, there are infinite recipes to mix, match and personalize. We offer famous examples from Queen Conch, a popular beach shack in the Bahamas known for their delicious conch salad. We also feature a simple sea bass ceviche. Make the party even easier by inviting guest chefs to bring their own ceviche and vote on the best in show. We'll help you set a smart table with yacht-club style in sunny shades and nautical accents. All that's left is an ice-cold cocktail to sip between bites.
This party's preppy style and savvy menu brings yacht club culture into your own backyard. A white table set outdoors with bright stripes, nautical rope accents and miniature flags looks as casually inviting as a pre-regatta brunch. A little friendly ceviche-making competition brings out the sportsmanship in your guests — and makes a fun, collaborative event that's easy on the host.
After choosing your recipes, the most important thing to do is shop for the best, freshest seafood you can find. Though the lime or lemon juice "cooks" it, turning it firm and opaque, there's no heat to kill off bacteria, so you want to start with the clean, fresh fish or conch.
Chopped up Bahamian goat peppers are liberally used. If you can't find them fresh, substitute with habaneros or Scotch bonnet hot sauce.
A glance at online recipes shows that basic ingredients include onion, chili peppers and cilantro. More exotic ingredients include grapefruit juice, avocados, corn nuts, sweet potato and mango. Eat ceviche with fresh-baked bread, crostini or flatbread crackers.
Forget about the tablecloth and add lots of fun, personal touches for this simple table setting. A white painted tabletop looks summer-fresh under woven rope chargers and handmade napkin rings of sailing knots. Approach place cards with creativity using tiny paper pennants. They look great tied onto hot sauce bottles with ribbon or atop folded paper sailboats. Real and faux shells and starfish add beachfront style, especially when repurposed as salt and pepper bowls. Finally, just before guests arrive, prepare Cape Cod cocktails in a pitcher or drink dispenser. It's the perfect summer classic that also fits the color scheme, too.