Tom is usually quite wishy washy about food.
“Whatever you think.”
Or simply “I don’t know.”
Last week, I approached him and told him he was in charge of deciding what I made next for the blog. Realizing he didn’t have a choice, but to actually make a decision about food in the kitchen, he hesitated for only a moment before offering up, “fish tacos?” It seemed very specific for someone who claims to have no inspiration when it comes to the culinary arts. But it was the perfect suggestion. Just “Meg” enough (tacos…hello!!), and just out of my comfort zone enough (I never make fish at home).
I went to the interwebs for lots of inspiration. I knew a slaw would be key for some zest and crunch. And I knew I wanted some sort of yogurt sauce. Because sauce. YUM.
It was rather an adventure.
And that’s the wonderful thing about cooking escapades like tacos and slaws and sauces. There is so much room for creativity. Sometimes precision is fun. That’s when you bake a soufflé. Sometimes, crazy messiness is fun. That’s when you make tacos 🙂
Ingredients for Slaw:
1/2 head of cabbage
2 tsp. lime juice
2 tsp. honey
2 Tbsp. red onion
3 tsp. minced jalapeño
2 tsp. chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
Finely chop the cabbage into thin strands.
Mix the lime juice, honey, onion, and jalapeño in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, mix the contents of the small bowl into the cabbage. Stir the cilantro and salt into the cabbage. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
Ingredients for Quick-Pickled Onions:
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 jalapeño, sliced in half and seeded
Add the red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Put the onion and jalapeño in, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, then drain. Onions are ready!
Ingredients for Sauce:
1 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c. packed cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic
juice from one lime
2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend.
Sauce is ready!
Ingredients for Fish:
makes about 12 small tacos
12 corn tortillas
canola oil, for frying
1 lb. cod
1 c, gf flour
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. gf beer
Pour oil into a heavy pan–enough to have at least one inch in the bottom of pan. (Use a heavy, fairly deep pan–like a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Heat oil on high heat (350 degrees if you have a thermometer).
Cut the fish into pieces about one by one inch pieces.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, onion powder, and baking powder. Pour beer in, and whisk until blended.
Dip fish pieces into batter to coat completely.
Carefully lower into oil, and fry for 3-5 minutes.
Remove using tongs, fork, or basket strainer tool.
Place on a plate lined with several sheets of paper towel.
Let cool at least 3 minutes.
Now, it’s time to assemble the tacos!!!! The moment you’ve been waiting for! Heat the tortillas over a gas burner on low heat for 30 seconds on each side. Then pile on the fish, slaw, sauce, and onions. Your tacos are ready!
And while you’re cooking with it, may as well crack a few brewskis.