April 21, 2010

... Shrimp Tacos with Citrus Cabbage Slaw

Who doesn't love a meal that's ready in twenty minutes and costs less than twenty dollars??  Top that Rachel Ray!  This is a tasty little number that's perfect for a weeknight meal when you've had a long day and really can't imagine slaving away in the kitchen for an hour.  (yeah, like I actually do that on weeknights...)

The citrus juices in the slaw really add a great burst of flavor.  Grilling the shrimp gives it a bit of a smoky flavor.  And all that together in a warm tortilla is just pretty darn fantastic.  Serve it with tortilla chips, black beans and a cold beer and you'll forget just how long your day was.

Shrimp Tacos with Citrus Cabbage Slaw
serves 4

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sour cream
kosher salt & black pepper
1/4 small cabbage (8 ounces), shredded
1 cup corn kernels (from 1 to 2 ears, or frozen and thawed)
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
8 small flour tortillas, warmed

In a large bowl, whisk the orange and lime juices, sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Add the cabbage, corn, and jalapeno and toss to combine.  Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve the shrimp with the tortillas and the slaw.

Taylor's Notes:
As I mentioned above, we grilled the shrimp rather than cooking them in a skillet.  It really doesn't take much longer and the flavor and texture is totally worth it.  Just load those puppies up on a skewer, season them with salt and pepper, and grill them over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

I made the slaw about an hour ahead of time which allowed all the flavors to mesh together and also let the frozen corn thaw.  I ended up adding a little more sour cream to make it creamier - just another tablespoon, give or take.  Be sure to add enough salt, too, to bring out the flavors.  I probably added one teaspoon total.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get in there and make some tasty tacos of your own!


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