Monday, June 18, 2012

Shrimp & Kale Tacos

It's funny to learn what families do when they get together. Some families spend their free time playing basketball, shopping for hours, or battling it out in charades. Us, we basically cook. My sister and her boyfriend came to the island last week and our days revolved around thinking about what to cook, cooking it, and eating it.

Shrimp & Kale Tacos:
serves 4

tortillas - we used a mix of corn and flour so people could chose what they like
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 2" slices so not to fall through the grill
1 bunch kale, washed and roughly chopped
3 avocados
2 dozen shrimp, uncooked with shells on to seal in moisture
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 limes
chili powder
big handful of cilantro, minced
fresh ginger
olive oil
your favorite hot sauce

First, marinate the shrimp. Mix garlic, juice of 1 lime, 2 big pinches of cumin, 2 big pinches of chili powder, cilantro, pinch of salt, a glug of olive oil, and 20 grates of fresh ginger (I use a microplane) into a big bowl. Toss shrimp, cover, and refrigerate for an hour or two.

Next, saute the kale. Heat a large skillet over medium/high, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Toss in kale, sprinkle with salt, and cook until the leaves are tender. Add a little water if you want. Set aside covered to stay warm.

Then, prepare the avocado. Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl. Add juice of 1 lime and salt. Smash up. 

Get ready to grill. Toss sliced orange bell peppers with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Skewer shrimp onto wooden or metal rods. Unpack tortillas and pile them on the upper rack of the grill so they soften up but do not burn.

Lay peppers and shrimp skewers on the grill. The shrimp will cook fast, only a few minutes per side. The peppers are best tender and charred. When the peppers are done, slice into thin ribbons.

When you're ready to eat, pile kale onto a tortillas, lay over a couple strips of pepper, dollop on avocado. Pull the shrimp out of their shells and add three to each taco. If you like, squirt with extra lime, sprinkle with cilantro, and a dash of hot sauce.

1 comment:

  1. I'm the same. If it doesn't revolve around food, I'm probably not there. Have a party? Mention the cake. Hosting a get together? Tell me to bring a side dish. Food makes my world go round as well!


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