Shrimp Tostada Recipe
For the Citrus Shrimp:
- 1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño, seeds and white pith removed (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint and cilantro (optional)
For the Cabbage Salad:
- 1/2 small white cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 small jicama or 1 medium-size seeded hothouse cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
- Chopped fresh mint and cilantro (optional)
For the Fixings:
- Guacamole (store-bought or homemade)
- Salsa (store-bought or homemade)
- Tostada shells (the flat kind) or tortilla chips
- Limes, cut in half
- Hot sauce
- A drizzle of Mexican crema or sour cream
1. Mix all the ingredients for the citrus shrimp together in a bowl and put this into the fridge for at least 10 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes. In the meantime, mix together all the ingredients for the cabbage salad, and make the guacamole. To make your own, put the shrimp, cabbage salad and fixings in separate bowls. Let everyone make their own tostadas. Or, if you want to plate the tostadas, put a tostada shell or a handful of tortilla chips on a plate for each person.
2. Top with the cabbage salad, then a layer of the shrimp, a dollop of guacamole, some tomatillo or tomato salsa, a jauntily placed sprig of cilantro, and half a lime on the side. Serve and enjoy.
3. Should you buy shrimp fresh or frozen? If you can get local fresh shrimp, you are very lucky. Buy them. However, most shrimp you see in the market have been frozen and defrosted. There is nothing wrong with that, but why let the fishmonger defrost them (who knows how long ago that was) when you can do it yourself? If you want to cook shrimp that is still frozen, bring a big pot of water to a boil. Salt it; you can also add a few bay leaves and some lemon slices. Throw the still-frozen shrimp into the pot. Just as soon as the water starts to boil again, take the pot off the heat, and when the shrimp are pink and curled – this should take 2 to 3 minutes more – they will be done.
What the kids can do:
Pick out interesting bowls for the fixings and fill them.
Squeeze the citrus juices.
Make the guacamole.
Excerpted from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David with recipes by Kirsten Uhrenholdt. Copyright (c) 2010 by Hybrid Nation, Inc. Used by permission of Grand Central Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.