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Shrimp and Scallop Cakes

September 19, 2017

It’s still warm outside and these are perfect for a quick weeknight meal…

  • ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 large scallops, cleaned

Place the shrimp and scallops into a food processor and pulse about 10 times or till the seafood is finely chopped. Take out and transfer to a medium bowl. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, whites and greens separated and chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a medium skillet with olive oil. Add the pepper, the white part of the green onions and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cumin, chipotle and salt. Continue to sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool completely.

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided in half
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add the egg, cilantro, green parts of the green onions, salt and half cup of the panko breadcrumbs to the chopped seafood. Add the cooled pepper mixture. Mix well and place in the fridge for an hour.

Divide the mixture into 4 large cakes and dredge with the remaining ½ cup panko breadcrumbs.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Heat the oil and butter in a non-stick pan and add the cakes. Cook on medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve with chili lime sauce.

Chili Lime Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients and serve with the cakes.

 

Shrimp Cake Sandwich with Chili Lime Sauce

August 29, 2017

So good and so perfect for this warm weather… enjoy a cold glass of wine or beer with this delicious meal!!

  • 12 medium shrimp, deveined and cleaned with tails off
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Transfer the shrimp to a food processor and process for 10 seconds. Add the green onions, pepper, chives, lime juice, egg and 2 teaspoons salt. Process till smooth for about 45 seconds. Add ½ cup panko and process for another 15 seconds. Take out and form into 4 patties and roll into the remaining 1 cup panko. Place the patties on a parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Heat a non-stick with the olive oil and butter on medium heat. Cook the shrimp patties for 4 minutes on each side or till cooked through.

Chili Lime Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of one lime

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Serve the shrimp cakes in ciabatta rolls with the lime sauce.

Ancho Chili Grilled Chicken with Vegetables

July 30, 2017

Another yummy chicken recipe:

  • 4 chicken breast cutlets

Marinade

  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and add it to a zip lock bag with the chicken pieces. Marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours. Grill till done but not overcooked.

Grilled Vegetables

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 vidalia onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili

Transfer the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the oil, salt and ancho chili. Mix well and marinate for an hour at room temperature. Grill with the chicken and serve.

Chimichurri Sauce with Grilled Meat and Vegetables

June 20, 2017
  • 2 -3 pounds pork tenderloin, cleaned and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 20 ounces Shiitake mushrooms, cleaned
  • 2 – 3 zucchinis, washed and cut into 2 inch rounds
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Cut and skewer all the meat, shrimp and vegetables. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Keep aside.

Chimichurri Sauce

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • ¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt at a time and adjust to personal taste. Keep room temperature for at least an hour before serving. Serve the grilled meat, shrimp and vegetables with a drizzle of chimichurri.

 

Filet Mignon with Cilantro Lime Sauce

June 19, 2017
  • 4 filets
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Drizzle the olive oil on the steaks and sprinkle the salt and pepper. Marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

Sauce

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro

Transfer all the ingredients to a blender. Blend well, taste for seasonings and transfer to a bowl. Keep aside.

Cook the steak as desired and serve the sauce on top.

Serve with oven fries and mango salsa.

Pulled Chicken Tacos

May 23, 2017

I love making tacos- especially pulled chicken or pork… chicken being healthier, I tend to make them more often. I made a delicious crunchy cole slaw to go on top…

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinless, with bones

Spice Rub

  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle all over the chicken thighs and marinate for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup blood orange juice (regular orange juice will work as well)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (preferably homemade)
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pack of small tortillas

Heat a medium saucepan with olive oil. Brown the chicken pieces on high heat on both sides. Reduce heat and add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the orange juice to deglaze. Mix well and add the tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and cover with lid. Lower to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Take the lid off and turn the heat off. Let the chicken pieces cool. Take out the pieces and shred with a fork. Return to the pan and bring back to a boil to cook any extra moisture. Check for salt and garnish with cilantro. Assemble the tacos with the pulled chicken and top with cabbage slaw.

 

 

Shrimp Enchilada with Tomatillo Sauce

May 8, 2017

My husband’s favorite thing to order at a Mexican restaurant is shrimp enchiladas.. and typically it is served with some refried beans, etc. Well, I decided to recreate it at home as we all know, one can’t beat homemade food.. so here it is…. very yummy!

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a medium frying pan with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp, salt and smoke paprika. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes till the shrimp are almost done. Turn heat off and drizzle with lemon juice.

Tomatillo Sauce

  • 4 to 5 tomatillos, cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half with skin on
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, with skin on
  • 1 poblano pepper, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place the tomatillos, onion, garlic and poblano pepper on the sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in oven for 45 minutes till the vegetables are soft. Place into a blender with the water, cilantro and salt. Blend till smooth, taste for seasonings and keep aside.

  • 6 to 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 to 1½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Transfer the tomatillo sauce in a flat platter. Dip each tortilla in the sauce. Place the tortilla on a cutting board, add 3 to 4 shrimp with the onions, top with a tablespoon of shredded cheese. Roll the tortilla and add to an oven-proof platter seam side down. Repeat the process with all the tortillas. Top with the remaining shredded cheese and cover with aluminum foil, bake for 40 minutes. Take out and serve with refried beans and guacamole.