Showing posts with label jalapenos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jalapenos. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Adobo Lime Chicken Tacos

Back in December, I won a spice giveaway by Spices Inc. We had the spices shipped to my parents' house to await our journey to Alaska since I learned about winning less than a week before we left.

This is the spice set, dubbed "The World Kitchen Connection." If you want to purchase, you can do so on the Spices Inc. website.

I was really excited to try the Adobo Lime Rub and was very pleased with the results. The rub creates a very flavorful chicken and leaves a delicious little kick, perfect for tacos!

Adobo Lime Chicken Tacos

2 chicken breasts
1 tbsp Adobo Lime Rub

Cut chicken breasts in half and cover each side with the adobo lime rub. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the flavor to soak into the chicken. Grill and cook thoroughly.

Shred the chicken.

The Tacos
grated cheese
sour cream
mango salsa, or your favorite salsa
taco sauce (optional)

Build your tacos. We were proud to set up our taco bar on our new patio table and eat our first meal outside - of the year, and at our new house! This was so tasty and amazing. We highly recommend.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grilled Halibut w/ Mango Citrus Salsa

There exists in Anchorage a fabulous supermarket called New Sagaya. They have two equally fabulous locations, both serving the also fabulous local roasted Kaladi Bros coffee and aaaaaaaamazing food!

Locally owned, Sagaya specializes in yummy specialty ingredients and foods, and are locally and possibly universally renowned for amazing seafood.

Yesterday, as I was making a pilgrimage to the Midtown location for some local Matanuska Creamery cheese curds for my cheese-country-raised husband as a treat since he's been working crazy hours of late, I heard the radio announce fresh halibut at New Sagaya.

What a happy happy happy camper that made me. I love halibut. Though a large part of me cringes at paying for fish that I could catch, the other 50% of me is starving for fresh halibut, which I haven't had in 3 years. As I perused the aisles, getting my favorite Sagaya staples and sodium free canned veggies, I kept passing by the fish market area, daring myself to go in. Then the second half of me, the half that craves fresh halibut, won.

At the entrance were whole fresh halibut... which I bypassed because I wanted some K help in fileting them. However, sitting there in the display case, in all their beautiful glory, were fresh fresh fresh halibut filets. I couldn't say no. 

I also picked up a mango to go with the dish, thinking surely I had enough great ingredients for a fabulously amazing meal... sure to please hubby and just about any other person with an inquiring mind. 

Grilled Halibut with Mango Citrus Salsa
fresh halibut filet (ours was 1 1/4 pounds)
olive oil

Look at this BEAUTIFUL halibut filet. I bet you couldn't have said no either.

Rub olive oil into the filet. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill for 3 minutes on each side, or until the fish is white and flaky throughout.

Mango Citrus Salsa
You may remember this Orange-Avocado salsa from January. This salsa is based on that salsa. I think it's even better.

3 small oranges, peeled, sectioned and chopped
1 large ripe avocado, peeled and diced
1 ripe tomato, diced
1 kiwi, diced
1 large mango, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, minced
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 small garlic cloves, crushed and sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp your favorite fiery hot sauce (sriracha is good)

Mix fruits, jalapeno, onion and cilantro together. 

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Then drizzle the mixture over the salsa mix.

When both halibut and salsa are ready, serve salsa over halibut. Enjoy this ode to fresh foods!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Jalapeno poppers!!!!

You may have read about my bounty of jalapenos recently. Well, until tonight, we were still picking our way through them pepper by pepper. Peppers get increasingly potent as they age... and these were about three weeks old, and WHEW! They had some kick.

With a dozen peppers left, and increasingly burned taste buds, we knew we had to come up with a use for them. And fast.

At my request, for her Try It Tuesday last week, Lindsey at Fresh Food + Fresh Air themed her blog around jalapenos. Using her recipe for inspiration, and with some (though somewhat unintentional) modifications. 

I  say we, but my husband did the dirty work.

He prepped the filling, and sliced and seeded the jalapenos.

All I did was turn on the broiler, fill the peppers, and put them in the oven.

 And eat the finished product.

Chicken and Lime filling
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1 12.5 oz can of chicken breast meat in water
1 lime (squeeze 1/2 lime into chicken mixture and save the other half to squeeze on finished poppers)
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped (I left this out since Ryan hates cilantro)

Creamy Salsa filling
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup favorite salsa, drained
2 oz cotija cheese, crumbled (optional)

Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and scrape out ribs and seeds with a spoon. I finished the jalapenos with a rinse to reduce the amount of heat, but you don't have to. Fill halves with prepped mixtures and arrange on a baking sheet or baking stone. Place on second to the top rack in the oven. Broil on high 10 minutes or until the tops begin to brown

Though Lindsey's recipe called for two types, we accidentally (read: exhausted and sleep-deprived) used all of the cream cheese in the first.

We had LOTS of filling.

So we did half with chicken lime filling, and then we added salsa to the other half and filled. We still have enough filling for another dozen jalapenos. Guess what we're buying this weekend!

The end result, absolutely delicious, strong, hot spicy jalapenos. Our taste buds are happy with a little fire. And we LOVE this recipe! Thank you Lindsey for your great recipe, suggestion, and inspiration!!

Thank goodness for everyone's suggestions for water, on the blog, Twitter and Facebook: citrus, cucumber, seltzers, passion fruit (thanks to Erik who is on his sailboat in the South Pacific), and many more. We had lots of water to cool off our mouths. Even my husband's suggestion of beer (which is mostly "watter", ha! he is really funny and knows what a hot button correct spelling is to me!)


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