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Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Chile Sauce

20 Apr

Fish TacosMy first truly great taco experience was a few months ago, while I was on vacation in Austin. The city is probably most well known for its barbeque joints, but also happens to be a huge food truck hub. There’s a food truck for almost anything you can imagine, from cupcakes to bahn mi. It’s somewhat overwhelming, but thankfully a friend who had visited a few weeks prior told me to try the baja shrimp tacos at Torchy’s Tacos. In her words, “you’ll never accept a mediocre taco again. It’s that good”.

In an attempt to recreate this dish, I scoured my entire collection of food magazines to find a similar recipe. Luckily, Food & Wine came to the rescue with their latest issue featuring modern Mexican classics. Their recipe called for skirt steak and a pecan-chipotle sauce, but I was in the mood for something lighter so I swapped the steak for breadcrumb-crusted tilapia and used the marinade as a sauce.

There’s only one thing that is absolutely necessary for a great taco: authentic corn tortillas. They have a ton more flavor and better texture than flour-based ones. Other than that, the rest is pretty much up to you. Make it for a quick weekday dinner or invite your friends over and have them assemble their own. Add some guacamole and a few margaritas and you’ve got a quick and delicious dinner party in less than an hour.

Fish Tacos

Fish

¾ lb. tilapia filets, cut into 2”x4” pieces
¾ cup breadcrumbs or panko
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour

Sauce

½ cup chopped cilantro, plus more to garnish
½ small red onion, chopped
½ medium Serrano chile with seeds
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbs. fresh lime juice, plus slices for serving
1 tbs. Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Tacos

8 warmed corn torillas
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
3 radishes, pickled*
½ jalapeño, pickled*
¼ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
*To pickle the radishes and jalapeño, cut each into paper thin slices. In a small bowl add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. salt. Mix the radishes and jalapeños into the liquid and let sit for at least 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil and set aside. Place the flour on a plate, along with some salt and pepper. Spread out the breadcrumbs on a separate plate. Set up your breading station so that the flour plate is first, then the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs.
Take one tilapia filet and dip it into the flour, so a thin layer covers the entire surface. Remove any excess. Dip the filet into the egg, flipping it over several times until completely moist. Finally, dip it into the breadcrumbs, making sure all sides are completely covered. Place your filet on the baking sheet and repeat for the remaining filets. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the outside is golden brown and the inside is flaky.
While the fish is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining the cilantro, red onion, Serrano chile, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and mustard in a food processor. Pulse until minced but not pureed. Season to your liking.
When the fish is done, remove from the oven and warm the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat. When heated through, remove and place on a plate. Add one filet, the sauce, carrots, cheese and some chopped cilantro to garnish.

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Chris’ Chicken Tacos

4 Oct
Warning: your kitchen is about to get caliente with this taco recipe.

The taco is one of the most popular handheld foods all over the world, and it is also one of the most duplicated. In every possible combination, tacos are eaten with different fillings and toppings. Some people enjoy shredded lettuce or cabbage, while others enjoy fish or beef, but we can’t deny that taco lovers alike ultimately love the traditional, crispy fried corn U-shaped treat.

In honor of Taco Day, I threw on my chef’s hat and added some of my favorite ingredients and a seasonal ingredient to the classic taco.  I chose to use juicy chicken thighs—because when roasted, they add a crispy texture to the soft and warm taco shell—and nectarines, which are oh so plentiful right now.  And do I even have to mention the guacamole and sour cream to top them off?  ¡Olé !

What kind of tacos will you be serving for dinner?

Roasted Chicken Thigh Soft Tacos with White Nectarine Pico de Gallo Recipe

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 white nectarines, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1/4 bunch parsley or cilantro, washed, dried and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Taco Condiments

sour cream
guacamole
shredded cheese
shredded lettuce
sliced avocado
lime wedges

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Season chicken thighs heavily with salt and pepper. Add canola oil—just enough to coat all of the chicken. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of canola oil onto a baking sheet and place seasoned chicken thighs, flat side down. Place chicken in the oven, and roast on 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, flipping over 1 time. Roast longer if chicken thighs are on the thick side.

While chicken is roasting, combine chopped tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, sugar, olive oil, and white wine vinegar in a large bowl.

When chicken is cooked all the way through, remove from oven and let cool. When cool enough to handle, chop chicken thighs in medium-sized pieces.  Next, add chopped nectarines and parsley to tomatoes. Mix, adding salt and pepper to taste.

In a small pan with a little oil, warm soft taco shells. Spoon roasted chicken thighs inside warm, soft taco shells, adding your favorite taco condiments. Spoon tomato and nectarine pico de gallo on top of taco.

Photo courtesy of http://www.fulltimemama.com

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