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Jims Galley

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shrimp tocos with corn tortillas and Jim’s feliz salsa

Well, I got lucky on this one. No doubt one of the best things I have ever made! An inexpensive easy dish to make that will make any dinner party a REAL FUN FEAST. Summer is the perfect time for this amazing delicious and healthy dish. You can also substitute the Shrimp with spicy grilled chicken or flank steak. A variety of seafood including Tuna, Red fish, and Flounder or even Scallops would work perfect as well. For the most part, folks can easily find good shrimp so that is what we did here today. Here is what you will need.

"What, no lime?"

Food processor
Tortilla press and cast iron skillet well seasoned.
Maseca corn flour
Large peeled and de veined shrimp
Fresh Queso Fresco Cheese
Fresh table cream (Mexican soft sour cream)
1\2 tablespoon of cumin
1\2 tablespoon of garlic powder
10 crushed garlic cloves
Two scallions
1 diced shallot
1\2 teaspoon of pepper
1\2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 seeded jalapeno (fresh)
1 teaspoon of course ground sea salt
1\2 tablespoon of chili powder
4 limes
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of Italian parsley
Fresh lettuce
4 ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Four avocado’s

Feliz Salsa
First up, make  my Feliz salsa or “Happy” salsa. In the food processor add the cumin, garlic powder and cloves, spring onion, shallots, pepper (black and cayenne), jalapeno, one cup cilantro and Italian parsley, vinegar, salt, juice of two limes, and chili powder then blend. Once blended well it will look like a green pasty mush I call “delicioso”, and that is what you want.

Next in a LARGE bowl place two diced tomatoes, four avocados diced, coarsely chopped cilantro (1\2 cup) then add your “delicioso” into the bowl and stir all ingredients. Next, cover tightly with saran wrap and put in the refrigerator. You have now made my Feliz Salsa! (and it is to die for, put it on a brick and it would taste good)

Next, peel and devein your shrimp and either grill or sear in cast iron skillet. Season with just a little garlic and chili powder to your liking. Set shrimp aside on warm.
 Make FRESH tortillas, don’t skip this step! Use your favorite corn flour (I use Maseca, I have found a lot of Mexican restaurants use this, at least the ones I frequent and it is simple and very good) Once tortillas are made sear them off in the skillet and place in a tortilla warming tray.
Press then immediately place in hot cast iron.
SIMPLE! Just add water and pinch of sea salt.
 "Es Facil!"
To serve!

Simply place three to four shrimp in a tortilla, then add as much feliz salsa as you like, then garnish with a little fresh lettuce, some Queso Fresco cheese, then topped with a few diced tomatoes and table cream. Slice two limes and serve on the side.(table cream is a soft Mexican sour cream you can find at most Mexican grocers)

TIP: Put Crema in squirt container then garnish

Actual Cheese Purchase

Defiantly try this recipe, in my 45 years of cooking, it is at the very top of the list. This dinner was made for my wife Donna “Ms 11” birthday. I served it with a side of her favorite, Eastern Shore Steamed Clams.
My wife, "Ms.11" Happy birthday dahlin

 "Yo quiero uno de esos womaen beatutiful"

Many thanks to my favorite Mexican grocer in Cheriton Virginia on the Eastern Shore. Ever in the area, check out their taco truck for lunch, Best homemade $2 taco you will ever have!

Jim Baugh,
Author of Hooked and "AFTERMATH"

PYO Benefit Concert Jim Baugh Piano