Honey Lime Tequila Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Purple Slaw and Chipotle Crema

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Ingredients
  • ~~ For the honey lime tequila shrimp tacos ~~
  • 2 pounds (454 g) raw shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • juice of 2 limes + 1 lime
  • ½ cup tequila
  • 1 medium onion, finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle (optional)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ½ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ~~ For the slaw dressing ~~
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice [about 2-3 limes]
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup light, neutral oil, such as grapeseed
  • ~~ For the chipotle crema ~~
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream or créme fraîche [low fat can be used]
  • 1 to 2 pieces of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce [canned]
  • ~~ For assembly ~~
  • 12 – 15 homemade or store-bought good quality yellow or white corn tortilla
  • a handful of cilantro, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel, devein, and dry raw shrimps. Season with salt.
  2. In a bowl, combine honey, lime juice, tequila, onion, cumin, and chipotle powder (if using). Mix well and toss shrimps in marinade. Chill up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat grill to 400 F (205 C). Make sure to oil the grilles well. Skewer shrimps in soaked wooden sticks (this will make it easier to handle on a grill).
  4. Grill shrimps until bright or just opaque, about 2 minutes each side. Flip the shrimp skewers and cook for another 2 minutes or until they turn bright orange. Alternatively, you can also pan fry the shrimps. Set cooked shrimps aside.
  5. Dice the avocados and squeeze juice from the remaining 1 lime.
  6. Thinly slice the red cabbage using a sharp knife or a mandolin.
  7. To make the dressing for the red cabbage slaw, put the lime juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, pepper and oil in a jar or bowl. Whisk vigourously until it emulsifies.
  8. Toss the red cabbage with the lime vinaigrette. Set aside.
  9. Meanwhile, to make the chipotle crema, place the chipotles in the bowl of the food processor and give it a good whirl until it is smooth.
  10. Stir in the sour cream or créme fraîche, mixing well until the colour is even. Transfer chipotle crema in a squeeze bottle.
  11. To assemble the tacos, heat tortilla in a dry pan, about 1 minute per side or until lightly browned or charred. Wrap tortilla in a cloth to prevent from drying out. Set aside, covered.
  12. Place some diced avocados in the middle of the tortilla, followed by the red cabbage slaw. Remove skewers from shrimps and pile on the taco.
  13. Drizzle with the chipotle crema and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.
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Honey Lime Tequila Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Purple Slaw and Chipotle Crema

Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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Ingredients

1 large egg white
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, white and green parts separated
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1 pound Napa cabbage (1/2 head), cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)

Directions

Whisk the egg white, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon soy sauce in a large bowl until frothy. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the hoisin sauce, vinegar and the remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a small bowl, then whisk in the chicken broth. Set aside.

Drain the shrimp. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, then stir-fry the scallion whites, ginger and garlic, about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir-fry until wilted and the shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 more minutes.

Stir the hoisin sauce mixture, then add to the wok and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in the scallion greens. Serve with rice, if desired.

Per serving: Calories 262; Fat 10 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 219 mg; Sodium 516 mg; Carbohydrate 10 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 32 g

Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/shrimp-and-cabbage-stir-fry-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Bizarre Foods Monday: Broiled Ham Hock with Braised Cabbage

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white or red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds bone-in ham hocks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound savoy or white cabbage, finely sliced (about 1/2 large head)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Procedures

  1. Combine mustard and vinegar in a small sealable container. Add 1/2 cup olive oil. Seal container and shake vigorously to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper then set aside.
  2. Add ham hocks, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, and bay leaves to a large saucepan. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a bare simmer, cover, and cook until hocks are completely tender, about 3 hours. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chopped cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, until cabbage softens, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add balsamic vinegar and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes longer.
  4. Preheat broiler to high and adjust rack to six inches below element. Transfer cabbage to a broiler-proof casserole dish. Transfer hocks to cabbage, discarding vegetables and bay leaves (save broth for another use). Nestle the hocks in the cabbage, using the cabbage to cover exposed flesh but leaving skin exposed. Season hocks with salt and pepper. Broil until the skin is browned on one side, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the hock over and broil again until the skin is brown and crispy, about another 8 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with cabbage and mustard vinagrette on the side.
Bizarre Foods Monday: Broiled Ham Hock with Braised Cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 1-inch wedges (root end left intact)
  • 1/2 pound small potatoes, halved if large
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 3 pounds), plus pickling spice packet or 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1/2 head Savoy cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
  • Grainy mustard, for serving

Directions

In a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker, place celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, and thyme. Place corned beef, fat side up, on top of vegetables and sprinkle with pickling spice; add enough water to almost cover meat (4 to 6 cups). Cover and cook on high until corned beef is tender, 4 1/4 hours (or 8 1/2 hours on low). Arrange cabbage over corned beef, cover, and continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 45 minutes (or 1 1/2 hours on low). Thinly slice corned beef against the grain and serve with vegetables, cooking liquid, and grainy mustard.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef