Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fish Tacos

One of my favorite treats in the whole world is going over to my brother and sister-in-law's house for dinner. The three of us have the best time together and it is truly a relationship that I cherish with all my heart!  

Sometimes I find myself in the terribly ugly laugh where noises aren't really coming out, I can barely breathe, when a noise finally escapes it is usually a snort which later moves into a full on belly-laugh with tears streaming down my face in hysteria and when I try to remember what made me laugh in the first place I can't always pinpoint one specific thing.  

Those are the kinds of "funny" that are the best in life!

Recently Maggie, our friend Ellie, and I all decided we needed to gather together to watch So You Think You Can Dance as it is, in all legitimacy, one of the best shows on television and we wanted to make sure none of our witty commentary was wasted on the dogs!  

Clearly, Allen just happened to be there and watched with us.....thought secretly I know he loves that show too!  Probably more because of Cat Deeley than the dancing but whatever.

Maggie had made these fish tacos once before and thought they were delicious so she planned on making them for us as we watched what was sure to be incredibly entertaining TV!  

As is typical with certain dishes in my life, I was pretty sure I "didn't like" fish tacos, though I had, in all honesty, never actually had one....oooops!  

You see there are some things in my mind that just don't go together and fish + tacos is one of those combinations.  Or at least it WAS!  

In my narrow little taco-thinkin' mind, tacos didn't come filled with fish, they weren't really even supposed to come with chicken or ground turkey.....they were filled with beef....PERIOD!

Needless to say, as it usually happens, Maggie's cooking changed my mind in an instant!  

Maggie had already made some delicious (and spicy) slaw from the cabbage in the garden and made the rest of the meal after we arrived so I jumped on the chance to document so as to include it here, for you my dear readers, on this very blog!

Maggie's Fish Tacos
ingredients for 8 tacos:

8 white corn tortillas
2 tbsp butter
3 or 4 fresh tilapia fillets
½ cup nonfat plain yogurt
¼ cup light mayo
3 limes (1 for dressing, 2 for tacos)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce)
½ tsp adobo sauce
pinch of salt
1/3 head green cabbage
1/2 head red cabbage
1 cup matchstick (thinly sliced) carrots
fresh cilantro
avocado (optional)
Remove seeds from 1 chipotle pepper and dice.  Add diced pepper and a healthy handful of cilantro and ½ tsp of adobo sauce into a small mixer (or blender), mix until finely chopped. Add yogurt, mayo, vinegar, small pinch of salt, and squeeze of 1 lime. If you like it a little spicier add another ½ tsp of adobo sauce. Slice thinly the green and red cabbage, mix in the matchstick carrots. Pour chipotle lime cilantro dressing over slaw and blend it all together. 
 Prepare tilapia by grilling or sauté in pan with 2 tbsp butter 2-3 min on each side on medium high heat until cooked through. 
 
Run a knife through the tilapia to separate it.
 Layer on top of a warmed corn tortilla and give it a squeeze of lime. 
Spoon chipotle lime cilantro slaw on top.
 
Emory helped me put mine together!
 
Needless to say we had a great time and a wonderful dinner!
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