Crispy Haddock Double Shelled Tacos, it's taco Tuesday and we just finished Cinco de Mayo with these lovely textural, plump, feast of flavor tacos.
Song of the day: "Smooth" by Carlos Santana and Ron Thomas.
Crispy Haddock double shelled tacos, two layers of shell, housing beautifully sauteed and seasoned purple cabbage and eggplant, along with a fresh chunky guacamole and crispy fried floured haddock, and you have the makings for a great supper on a Tuesday night.
Cinco de Mayo, a commemoration of Mexico's defeat of the French army back in 1862 at the battle of Puebla. This is why it is mostly a Mexican celebration and is celebrated immensely in the United States. What better way to feast, than with these super delicious tacos. So Cinco de Mayo is over and past, but Taco Tuesday has started its own revolution, here in Canada and the U.S. People go to their cupboards and gather up ingredients for a fun filled, taco assembling night.
We recently came back from a trip to the west coast, an island just off the shores of Victoria. Having had a lot of seafood had us still craving it and so, we decided to make fish tacos, more so a Crispy Haddock Double Shelled Taco. Some of you make ask what do we mean by a double shell, well I had this brain storm a while back and it came to me when we were having hard shell tacos. The shells crack, break apart and it is quite a messy affair leaving a lot of the filling on the plate, with shards of corn tortillas making it more like nachos. So I thought hey why not encase the hard taco in a soft tortilla hold them together with some delicious melted cheese, and there you have it another food aha moment. I know, you're saying, it has already been done, Mexican fast food places claiming it to be a gordita. Oh well these are going to be delicious anyway, there's crispy haddock.
Before going out and buying all the ingredients, we scan our pantry, fridge, and come up with some hard shells, purple cabbage, onions, sriracha, and some greek yogurt, and some beautiful grape tomatoes, and yellow peppers, we picked up at Planet Organic, another organic market we frequent here in Edmonton. We are going to need some other things and off to Loblaws, City market, to gather the rest of the ingredients. At first I had a halibut in mind, but they had none, and the man at the fish counter suggested the haddock, and so the main ingredient is settled, all I need now is an avocado, some soft tortilla rounds, a cheese, Gouda, which will be great to meld the two shells together. They have done a great job with this Loblaws. It's kind of ironic, but Loblaws was the very first place I began grocery shopping. It was in the late sixties and we lived in the Bonnie Doon area of Edmonton. I was quite young, but still remember the isles upon isles of food, especially the ones that contained my favorites, like viva puffs, I can go on about how I ate these chocolaty marshmallow puffy cookies, but that's another story. So we have our ingredients and now it's time to cook and get these tacos going.
Guacamole is something I just love, the richness of the avocado, that zing from the tomato, and red onion, yum. For these tacos, I wanted to keep it textural so I opted for a more chunky fresh guacamole.
The haddock I was torn in between grilling the fish or frying. Thinking about what I had envisioned I immediately thought crispy, and how was I going to achieve that besides cooking it in a saute pan with hot, hot oil? Well, I came back with flour, it is always a delicious way to get crispy fish, by coating it in flour. I stepped it up even more by seasoning the flour with some spices such as smoky paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and some chili powder for a little heat. In goes the pieces of haddock and well coated into the frying pan they go, and as you can see in the picture they turned out so beautiful, golden, crispy haddock, can't wait to taste these, ok I did taste a bit off the bottom of one, just a crispy edge, and oh my G., love it! It is going to be so good in the taco. Guacamole check, crispy haddock check. Nicoletta sauteed the purple cabbage, onions, and eggplant, a few spoonfuls in my mouth and I am salivating even more. The yellow peppers I also sauteed with some salt and pepper. Put a nice char on them to give this taco a bit more smokiness and sweetness, as you know when you cook the yellow peppers they get so sweet inside. I am so excited to put these babies together.
This is the game changer, the shells, that Gouda nice and shredded is going to hold that soft shell so nicely to the hard shell and imagine that melted cheese so tasty. Into an oven they go to melt that cheese a bit. What I found works best is to put them in the oven with the cheese on the soft tortilla, and have the hard shell on half the tortilla ready to be blanketed by the soft shell. When the cheese begins to melt, fold the soft tortilla. The nice thing is the tortilla is soft and warm and folds so easy and the cheese is just melted enough to be the glue holding it together, talk about passion, and there it is in all its glory.
Crispy Haddock Double Shelled Tacos, assembly time!
This is the fun part. First, grab one of those glorious taco shells. I sqeezed a nice line of sriracha sauce onto the bottom. Next some of those fresh salad greens that will be a nice bed for the crisp haddock to lay on. On each side of the fish a good handful of the cabbage mixture The next topper that chunky guacamole, and to finish some strands of charred yellow pepper and the crown, a dollop of greek yogurt. Doesn't that look so colorful and delicious. It reminds me of Mexico with all those colors and that spice that I know will tantalize my taste buds.
I gotta bite into these. Mmmmmmmmm that shell, first the softness and warmth of the soft tortilla wit its streamed corn flavor, then that cheese oozes into your mouth giving you that creamy, subtle but aged flavor of the gouda. Then that sound, CRUNCH! the hard shell breaks way opening the doors to sheer bliss as your mouth goes into a taste and texture frenzy. The fish, succulent, flaky, with its seasoned coating and that heat of the chili powder. The purple cabbage and onions so sweet with that plump eggplant leaving its luxuriousness on your tongue. The guacamole so fresh and creamy yet not so soft that it is pasty but just soft enough to compliment the experience of this taco. The greek yogurt is like music to my ears as it cools off the heat of the sriracha and marries well with the guac, cabbage, and fish. I love these and the shells holding everything in well. There are some morsels escaping but won't let those go to waste. That's what a fork is for. Hell, why not just use your fingers, after all this is hand food, lol. May need a few extra napkins!
So if it is Tuesday, or there is an excuse to make Mexican food, try these wonderfully colorful and tasty Crispy Haddock Double Shelled Tacos, the family will love them. Maybe someone doesn't like fish, then change it up and use, chicken or beef. You say vegetarian, then some nice grilled tofu. It's Taco Tuesday! Cha Cha Cha!
Song of the day: "Smooth" by Carlos Santana, and Rob Thomas.Print
Chicken Tacos, anyone?
Or Vegetarian tacos?
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