One of my resolutions for the New Year is to try 1 new recipe each week. Now, I try new recipes a lot. What I mean by “new” is something that is unfamiliar to our family — a dish or ingredient that is completely different.
As part of this resolution, I will bring you my successes throughout the year, and maybe even some of my failures, so I can try them and you don’t have to.
The other night we had shrimp tacos. Now, I don’t live under a rock — we have had shrimp tacos before. But I have never had them with fresh Salsa Verde.
To say that I liked this fresh Salsa Verde is an understatement. I think I could incorporate this into almost anything I make and enjoy it.
I made the tacos, and then I had a lot of the Salsa Verde left. While I was cleaning the kitchen, our youngest daughter came to me with an idea she had for the leftover salsa. This is her idea and…HOLY MOLY! A new appetizer is born! A large plate of these will be on our Super Bowl Buffet.
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- 2 clove garlic, peeled
- 8 – 10 tomatillos, husked and cut into chunks
- 1 ½ Avocados, pitted and cut into chunks
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (I use the 31-35 size per pound)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until chunky.
- Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Place the shrimp in the hot pan and sprinkle with the kosher salt and cumin.
- Cook until shrimp are done, about 4-6 minutes.
- Stir occasionally and keep a close watch on the pan.
- Heat either a small corn or flour tortilla.
- Place on your plate and spoon about ¼ cup Verde down the center.
- On top of the Verde, place about 4 shrimp.
- Add some chopped fresh avocado and some chopped lettuce.
- Pull one side of tortilla over the ingredients and press to make a taco.
- Heat again in microwave if necessary.
- Purchase some Scoops tortilla chips.
- Place about 1 teaspoon of the Salsa Verde in the bottom of the chip.
- Then place a shrimp on top of the salsa.
- Repeat 100 times! (Just kidding, but I think I could eat 100 of them.)
- I like to use Shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, they cost a little more, but I think the flavor is worth it.
- The fresh Salsa Verde and the shrimp can be made the day before and refrigerated until ready to use for either the taco’s or the Verde cups.
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