Friday, July 16, 2010

Baja Fish Tacos

Well...the flavor train left the station about 7:30 tonight and I rode it all the way to the end of the line my friends. Clifton wasn't messing around in the kitchen tonight...boy got down to business. I'm going to keep this post relatively short and sweet in terms of the actual recipe...only because it can be taken in so many different directions. The sky is literally the limit on this one. I thought I would share with you a tradition my friend Jenni shared with me about fish taco night at her house. She likes to cut her fish in strips, coat with crackermeal and pan fry. She quick frys corn tortillas to soften them and then fills them with fish, fresh pico de gallo and a pinch of salt...thats it! Doesn't get much easier. Even better than Jenni's recipe for me is the family tradition that goes with it. This ain't no sit down meal ya'll...the whole family congregates in the kitchen with their favorite beverage and enjoys each others company...all the while eating Jenni's fresh fish tacos as fast as she can make them. I love it! Clifton managed to keep it really simple and slam some flavor at the same time...way to go babe!

What you will need:
3/4 pound fish (we used Orange Roughy...$7.75)
8-10 white corn tortillas ($.40)
1 roma tomato scooped and diced ($.25)
1/4 sweet yellow onion diced ($.25)
2 tbs chopped cilantro
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg white
1/4 cup nonfat milk
4 tbs olive oil ($.30)
2 leaves of shredded romaine

How to make it happen:

Clifton opted to cut our fish in strips just like Jenni G's before coating with dry mix, dunking in milk and egg mix and returning to dredge once more in the dry mix. He lightly pan fried the fish in the hot olive oil about 3-4 minutes per side and then set aside while he made the fresh pico de gallo by combining the onion, tomato and cilatro. He heated our tortillas over an open flame on the stove and tossed them into a warmer. The only liberty i took was adding a generous splash of aged balsamic before gettin' down on a taco. Clifton and Cameron hit their's with sliced jalepenos cuz they likes 'em spicy! This was definately enough to feed atleast five people. I hated throwing a little fish away, but i have a real thing about leftover fish. So, it doesn't matter how you make them...just get in the kitchen with the family and make them.

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