Monday, July 15, 2013

Eat // Shrimp Tacos + Chipotle Crema

A lot of you asked about the tacos I posted on Insta last week so I thought I'd share the recipe and how they came to be.
I love the Food Network and all of the cooking shows. Ever since I started watching Top Chef I fancy myself some kind of food snob (even though I'm picky as hell) and that I can re-create almost anything. (In my own brilliant fantasies)
Now, I am not the most skilled cook of all time. I mean, I can hold my own but I wouldn't say I'm AMAZING. I have sister-in-loves that throw down so I don't even try to compete but I've been trying to step my game up. I've been making it a point to really be pro-active with my summer list and since that includes cooking I thought it high time to get adventurous. I can pretty much Pin myself to sleep but if I don't do anything with them, well, then that's just electronic hoarding isn't it?

So after checking my fridge and freezer I decided to try out this Shrimp Taco recipe. I'm all for putting a new twist on an old favorite and taco's are a staple in this house. And I knew my hubby would be down. He loves shrimp.


The only thing I had to purchase to make the dish was the red cabbage as I don't generally keep that on hand.
Originally, I had no plans to use the purple slaw on my own tacos. Fine for the Mister but not so excited about it for myself. And let's me just say this to clarify a bit, in my mind I want to try new foods and eat all these fancy ingredient delicacies but sometimes my eyes/head are all "no. you will gag" so I don't try it. But I am so happy I did this time. It was all so, so good.


The chipotle crema added a lovely hit of heat on the back end but not like spice - more like a smoky heat (does that even make sense?)



My husband was pretty impressed with not only my skills but the results, as was I. It made for a delightfully simple meal with a fancy twist. And in the middle of the week too! How's that for spicing things up?
We had a salad too but I'll save that gem for later.


The link to the original recipe I pinned can be found HERE.

I made a few modifications as follows:

*I didn't have any grape seed oil so I used a combo of my Blood Orange and Lime Olive Oils.
* I used white corn tortillas and we just kind of did it street taco style.
* I used sour cream because it was what I had on hand but I think the creme fraiche would've been lovely
* My cabbage was pre-sliced thanks to Fresh & Easy. I heart them.
* I used  peeled & de-veined frozen Argentinian Red Shrimp from Trader Joe's. #currentlyobsessed
* I grilled my shrimp in a grill pan on the stove.
* I accidentally measured out too much tequila for the marinade and subsequently made myself a margarita. Waste not, want not right?


Let me know if you try it as I'd love to hear what you think!!



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