Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Favorites - Easy Ceviche

I'm so hooked on this I should probably join a support group or a 12-step program.

1/4 lb peeled, deveined, raw shrimp (use the small cheap ones, or get the expensive large ones and chop them up, whateve...)
1/4 lb scallops (again use the small cheap ones, or ....)
juice of one lime
juice of one lemon
juice of one orange (when I'm feeling fancy I supreme it and add the leftover juice)
3 tbsp of finely minced red onion
1 clove of garlic mashed to a paste
1 small red bell pepper, minced (extra points for using a yellow one)
3 tbsp finely diced cucumber (peeled and seeded)
3-4 slices of pickled jalapenos, minced, add a splash of the jap juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Mix all of the above, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, but no more than three, stirring occasionally

Allow mixture to sit at room temperature for an additional 30 minutes, then drain juices (mix juices with shot, or two, of tequila if you wish. Awe! Some!)

1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1 small avocado, diced (save the skin and pit for another purpose...not sure what)
2 small radishes, sliced paper thin
2 large tbsp of minced cilantro
2 leaves of fresh basil, minced
2 sprigs of fresh thyme, stemmed and minced
add more minced cilantro (I love cilantro)
If you have fresh mint, add a bit; a smig of honey is also acceptable
splash of xvoo
salt and pepper to taste

Serve on a sturdy tortilla chip or wrap with a warm, home-made corn tortilla. Your choice.

Serves two as a light entree.

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