Pimp Shrimp Tacos & A Lavender Suit
So I lied right off the bat and for that I apologize. There will be no suit that accompanies this recipe however you are free to get out there and hunt one down. If you happen to find yourself a dazzling lavender suit by all means wear it while cooking this dish. I also have no reason whatsoever for naming the dish Pimp Shrimp other than I was polishing off my Dr. Seuss impressions and felt the need to rhyme. I didn't want to insult the shrimp by going with limp or gimp or even wimp. So pimp it became. A word to the wise, don't go mixing this meal with green eggs & ham.
- 1 lbs of peeled (pimp) shrimp. Grab the peeled/deveined option unless you want to go through the trouble of preparing all that seafood.
- 1 head of green cabbage
- 2 jalapeno or serrano chilies (mix both if you dare)
- 1 tsp-tbs of cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning (you can pick any type of spices you want as long as it kicks a bit)
- Couple tins of original Greek yogurt (sour cream substitute)
- 2-4 limes
- Bushel of cilantro (cut up roughly 1/2-1 cup, depending on how much you love the stuff)
- 1/2 cup of green onion
- 2-4 avocados
- Around a tbs of salt (I'd recommend one of Blis Gourmet's fine sea salts)
- 1/4 cup of water (tap, artisan, filtered, or captured from the raging falls of the river wild)
- 2-4 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup of oil (olive would be my suggestion)
- Package of Cotija cheese (ask at the grocery if you have no idea much like I didn't)
- Package of corn, flour, or any style tortilla that tickles your tongue
*The above portions will successfully fill TWO people based on personal experience
STEPS OF CREATION:
The first steps are for making your 'special sauce' which will cloak your shrimp in culinary wizardry.
- Combine oil, water, green onions, cilantro, garlic, juice from 2 limes into a food processor and give that concoction a whirl until nice and mixed.
- Once smooth drop in 1/2 to full cup of yogurt (more you add the thinner/runnier your mix) and briefly mix that into the party.
Sauce is good to go so get it out of the way for now. Next up are steps for cooking the shrimp. By the way, make sure those puppies are nice and thawed out.
- Heat some oil up in a big pan over medium-high heat. Douse your shrimp with the aforementioned spices and toss them into the pan. Shouldn't be more than a 10 minute procedure, tops. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.
Now go back and ask the sauce for another dance. She'll say yes. Toss some of the green cabbage and sauce together making sure you've already cut up a portion of your cabbage. No sense in dropping the entire whole head into this recipe, it'll never work. Don't put in too much sauce to the point where you're getting soggy. No one likes soggy.
You're basically set because you're going to dress your tacos any damn way you see fit. You can heat your tortillas via the microwave or heat up in the pan. Go your own way. Slather some of the cabbage/sauce mix onto your tortillas, pile on shrimp and then add any of the following in whatever amount you see fit: extra yogurt, diced jalapeno/serrano chilies, lime juice, Cotija cheese, cilantro, avocado.
Before I say enjoy I must give credit where credit is always due. Tonight it's through a food blog where I found the inspiration for this dish. Pinch of Yum. I'd suggest checking out the site as there are a ton of other delectable options over yonder. I hardly changed up their recipe so kudos to PoY for one hell of a dinner option (breakfast and lunch are options as well).
Now go get pimped out and enjoy your meal while basking in your lavender suit.