Friday, February 11, 2011

Garlicky Shrimp Tacos

I again look to my fabulous Sunset Cookbook for dinner and again it does not disappoint.  A nice hit of heat is mellowed by the even nicer garlic burst.  Wrap it a fresh warm corn tortilla, serve some rich, brothy black beans on the side, and crack open a cold crisp beer.  The troubles of your day will melt away! 

Garlicky Shrimp-Cilantro Tacos (Sunset Cookbook) 

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 or 3 serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced (see Notes)
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 1/2 pounds shrimp (21 to 25 per lb.), peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
Kosher salt
32 corn tortillas, warmed (5 to 6 in.; see Notes)
2 limes, cut into wedges

1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add onions and chiles and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Pour vegetables into a bowl and set aside.

2. Melt butter in same frying pan over medium-high heat, add garlic, and stir until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add half of shrimp to pan. Stir often until shrimp are bright pink and no longer wet-looking in thickest part (cut to test), about 5 minutes; transfer shrimp to bowl with reserved vegetables. Add remaining shrimp to pan and cook as above, then return cooked shrimp and vegetables to pan and stir everything together until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cilantro and salt to taste.

3. Serve shrimp in a large bowl with tortillas (use 2 tortillas, stacked, per taco), accompanied by lime wedges to squeeze over top.

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