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  • Beer Battered Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa

    Beer Battered Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa
    Beer Battered Shrimp Taco with Pineapple Salsa
    (Serves 4)

    Beer Batter
    ¾ can of beer, (8oz)
    1/3 cup flour, white all purpose
    ½ tblsp garlic, dried granulated
    ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    ½ tsp black pepper
    1 tsp salt

    32-40 shrimp
    1&rac12; tsp Tony Chachere's Cajun Spice
    1½ - 2 cups of canola oil (or other frying oil)
    ½ Roma tomato, diced very small
    1/3 red onion, diced very small
    1 jalapeno, most of the seeds can be removed, diced very small
    ¼ - 1/3 cup pineapple, diced very small
    ½ carrot, cut into small sticks (julienne) then dice small
    ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, minced
    juice of ½ lime
    5 cabbage leaves, julienne very thin
    8 soft taco shells, corn or flour (I prefer corn in this recipe)
    ½ cup shredded cheese, any variety, I used the mozzarella/provolone blend

    NOTES: I used the 25 per lb shrimp, if you are using smaller shrimp, say the 50 per pound then double the amount of shrimp, on the other end if you're using 12 per pound shrimps, use half as many shrimp, @20.

    In a medium bowl mix the flour, garlic, cayenne, black pepper and salt. Add the beer slowly, mixing with a whisk or fork until the batter resembles glue, then add a little more beer. Keep cold until ready to use.

    Make your salsa right away, so it has time "to marry" inside a bowl. Mix well, the tomato, onion, jalapeno, pineapple, carrot, mint leaves, 1 tsp salt and the juice of ½ lime. Set aside or in the fridge.

    Slice up and set aside your cabbage, set aside or in the fridge

    Get your oil in a small pot and bring it up to 365°F using a hot oil thermometer. Otherwise medium heat but a smidgen more. If the oil smokes too much its too hot. You can test the heat with a drop of batter, it should crisp up alone in 8-10 seconds.

    Coat your shrimp with Tony' Chachere's Cajun spice (or just use salt and pepper). Dip your shrimp in the batter. I do 4-5 at a time. Put the shrimps, one at a time, into the hot oil. Leave in until crispy golden in color, about 1+½ minutes. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.

    All those steps could be done in advance. When guests arrive, pop the shrimps back in the oven on warming temp and start a skillet on medium heat, one by one heat up one side of the tortilla, flip it over, add some cheese, let it melt remove from heat and assemble the taco. Tortilla, cheese, shrimp (4-5 per taco), a small hand-full of shredded cabbage and some delicious pineapple salsa on top, don't be scared, heap it on!

    Repeat three more times for round one!

    Start round two after you've eaten the first one, or just get it over with :) Delicious - enjoy!

  • Oxtails over Rice

    Oxtails over Rice
    Oxtails over Rice
    (Serves 4-6)

    1 oxtail (about 1-2lbs)
    1/3 cup Canola oil, plus 1 tblsp
    1½ tsp salt
    15 cloves of garlic, peeled
    3 carrots, chopped into ½ inch pieces
    2 onions, chopped into ½ inch pieces
    2 stalks of celery, chopped into ½ inch pieces
    1 parsnip, chopped into ½ inch pieces
    1 bottle red wine
    1 cup chicken stock
    2 tblsp butter
    2 chicken bouillon cubes or a tblsp of the chicken stock paste. ("Better then Bouillon")
    1 tblsp Parmigiana Reggiano cheese, grated

    NOTES:

    Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.

    Toss the oxtail in 1 tblsp of canola oil and sprinkle with salt.
    Roast for 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile in a large stock pot, add 1/3 cup of canola oil, 15 cloves of garlic, carrots, parsnip, onions and celery, saute until the vegetables have a nice color to them, about 10 minutes.

    Now pour in the bottle of wine over the sauteed vegetables. Add in the oxtails and any rendered fat from the roasting tray. Cover completely with the chicken stock. Let simmer on low for 2 hours.

    Remove the oxtails from the stock pot, when cooled down a little, remove the meat from the bone and set aside the meat, toss the bones.

    Toss into the stock pot 1 tblsp of butter, then take the liquid and vegetables from the stock pot and using a blender blend them. You may need to add some chicken stock to the mix if it is too thick.

    Taste the mixture, you may want to add some salt or pepper to taste.

    Cook rice in chicken stock or add some chicken bouillon to the water. Twirl a tblsp of butter into the rice along with a tsp of salt and or Tony Chacheres Cajun Spice mix.

    Lets tie this dish together now, heat up some of the oxtail in a pan with the sauce, pour over rice. Top with some fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
    Enjoy!