Monday, February 28, 2011

Baja Fresh!

It has been SO long since I've blogged and I'm sorry for that!... Last week was a busy one and on top of that I came down with a cold and didn't have an appetite and the last thing I wanted to do was cook. Last night I was feeling a little better and decided to try something that I have never made...the fish taco. There are so many variations of fish tacos...I was originally going to do a beer batter and then fry the fish, but a) I didn't have enough oil to fry and b) I thought I'd make a lighter version considering I was still getting my appetite back...instead of a crunch slaw to garnish the tacos, I opted for ingredients that I had on hand. I had a big red onion and I was determined to nail the pickling last effort just didn't cut it. This time I brought white vinegar, sugar, salt & 1 bay leaf to a boil, dropped in my sliced red onion and cooked for 30 seconds, removed from heat and let cool completely before I put them in a container to chill it in the fridge. I must say this time I was quite happy with the result! And I'll probablly use what's let over to add a little crunch and zip to sandwiches and/or salads. Back to the tacos...I decided to use Tilapia...a) it looked really fresh at the fish store and b) the fish lady said it holds up to a lot of bold flavors. I seasoned the fish simply...just kosher salt and cracked pepper...added a little olive oil to the skillet and cooked the fish over medium heat for about 7 minutes. While the fish was cooking I took my corn tortillas and wrapped them in a wet papertowel and popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds and kept them wrapped up until I was ready to assemble. There are endless possibilities to taco toppings...however, I just used what I had in the fridge...I made a fresh salsa consisting of vine tomatoes, crushed garlic, canned jalapenos, red onion & a little lime juice. I also had 3 ripe avacados that I needed to use asap and I had recently watched Bobbly Flay make an avacado cream on one of his shows and it was super simple and I had all the ingredients (avacado, sour cream, lemon, salt & pepper.) Just threw them into a food processor and blended until smooth...this was SO yummy I could just eat it with a spoon! I must say these tacos were light and packed with flavor! Next time I'll have to try the fried fish approach.
Players for the Avacado Cream: Avacado, Sour Cream, Lemon, Salt & Pepper

Pulse in the food processor until smooth consistancy

Toppings: Fresh Homemade Salsa, Pickled Red Oion, Avacado Cream & Shredded Iceberg Lettuce

Assembling the tacos!

Buen Apetite!!

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