Hell Froze Over Today...


Pull the string and I'll wink at you, I'm your puppet
I'll do funny things if you want me to, I'm your puppet
I'll be yours to have and to hold
Darling you've got full control of your puppet

James & Bobby Purify; I'm Your Puppet

This is actually one of my favorite songs and I specifically called this little event Puppet Master just so I could use this song. Now, I probably won't be yours to have and to hold. Rich might get a little bit jealous and you won't have full control because I am a slippery little hellion trouble maker, you'll see why in a second... but you get the gist. Monday's dish is brought to you by the letters N & P and the number 1.

Fish Tacos w/mango salsa was the winner for my picks for dinner. You spoke loudly and said "Krysta, you are making Fish Tacos! We want to see your husband mad as hell because he hates fish." Okay, you didn't say that and I didn't tell you that he doesn't like fish but what you and him don't know won't hurt all ya all. Anyways, this is kinda fun. See what a pain in the ass I am. Be glad you don't live with me or that I don't raise your kids or run a daycare. I do things like this and offer up advice like rule #3... Never take pictures or video of you naked or having sex (unless you're a porn star). It will always get out into the real world, when you least expect it. Yeah, the advice is practical but try telling it to a ten year old. All you get is a lot of "yuck...gross...MOOOOOOOOM!" Try it. it's fun.

Mango-Avocado Salad

Makes about three cups

1 ripe, yet firm mango, peeled, diced
½ cup grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup cucumber, diced
¼ cup red onion, minced
1 T. jalapeno, seeded, minced
1 t. sugar
¼ t. kosher salt
¼ t. ground cumin
Juice of one lime

Before serving, Stir in:

1 firm, yet ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, thinly sliced
2 T. coarsely chopped cilantro

Combine mango, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, seasonings and lime juice in a large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes (or longer) to blend flavors.

Before serving, stir in avocado and cilantro.

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Makes about ½ cup

Stir Together:

¼ cup plain lowfat yogurt
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 t. sugar
1-2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced
Juice of ½ lime

Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl and adjust seasonings to taste. Let stand at least 10 minutes to blend flavors. 9Can make days ahead and keep chilled till serving).

Fish Tacos

Makes 4 servings

Marinate in lime juice:

Four 4 oz. fresh tilapia fillets, halved

Blend; Coat Fish In:

3 T. all-purpose flour
3 T. yellow cornmeal
1 t. chili powder
1 t. kosher salt
¼ t. cayenne

Spray, then oven-toast:

8 7" corn tortillas

Serve with:

3 cups Napa cabbage, shredded…Mango-avocado salsa and chipotle sauce.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with racks on the top and bottom levels.
Marinate tilapia in lime juice for 10 minutes turning to coat. Place a baking sheet on each oven rack and preheat 5 minutes.

Blend flour, cornmeal and seasonings in a shallow dish. Coat marinated fish on both sides with flour mixture. Remove a hot pan from oven and spray with nonstick spray. Place fillets on hot pan and roast on top rack 5 minutes.

Spray both sides of tortillas with nonstick spray. (I swear this works). (Meanwhile carefully turn fish over and return to oven 3-4 minutes). Oven-toast tortillas on the second heated baking sheet after turning the fillets over. Toast tortillas just until light and crispy, 2-3 minutes.
Serve fish with cabbage, salsa and chipotle sauce.

*Tasting Notes... First, I didn't have grape tomatoes for the Mango Avocado salsa, sue me. I used regular tomatoes. Good but I think it definitely needs the bite of the grape tomatoes. Second... As a bad Mexican by marriage, I hate chipotle chilies in adobo. How can this be? This is where I adapted the recipe... see I'm wily this way. I used my own chili spice mix and some Tapatío hot sauce. It was just fine. This is the point in the blog where Cathy is beating up her computer and yelling at the screen...

"Damn it, Krysta! The whole point of this social experiment was to follow directions! I'm the pimp in this relationship."

Ooops... my bad. Not really and speaking of 'my bad' my kids are going to give me so much crap about saying 'my bad'. I absolutely hate that saying, it's such a sarcastic anti-apologetic saying. Ugh.

Back to dinner... it was good, really good, so much so that Rich ate fish and liked it! Cathy, you are now an honorary Evil Sous Chef because your recipe got The Man to eat fish and also eat seconds! That's no mean feat! You don't even know...the world stopped, hell froze over and the sous chefs gave him a sitting ovation.

Well played Cathy, well played!


Melissa said...

Dude! Same with Steve. He hates fish, but he will eat my fish tacos. Maybe cause they're beer battered. And maybe because the whole thing is vaguely Mexican. ;)

I love this whole recipe, but I love the sauce the most. You can play with fish taco sauce so much and make it whatever you wish. And, as you know, this is one of my favorite favorite foods. :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah you liked it and the hubby too! It's okay you changed it...I love this recipe...can't wait to see what's next.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Hmmm, I have a huge fresh-water trout in my freezer at the moment, and I would like to try this, but I suspect trout is too delicate. Tilapia is pretty sturdy, right?

Mental P Mama said...

Goodness do I love fish tacos! This one is a definite do!

Anonymous said...

I'm not usually a fish taco fan, but this looks divine!

amycaseycooks said...

Man how I love fish tacos!! They are on the menu at my house tonight.

coffee and queso said...

i love fish tacos too, and I hadn't thought to marinate in lime ahead of time: yum!! i might make these for my louisiana family over the 4th of july weekend.

me again said...

Count me in too -- I love fish tacos, but they are next-to-impossible to find in my local restaurants. Mexican is hard to come by in these parts. I will have to try making my own. Yum!

grace said...

creamy chipotle sauce? just pour it directly down my throat, please.

Anonymous said...

These sound great! And I don't like fish either! But the mister does so I'll be a good little wife (twice a year whether I want to or not) and make him some...oh, your Katie is adorable - and I loved your list for her...wish I'd had a list like that! Nan

KitchenKiki said...

I LOVE Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa. I'll have to take this recipe with me to see if it resembles what HP puts together when he makes the Mango Salsa. (We often add black beans to our salsa, 'cause I like 'em)
I usually fry my fish, but I like the baking idea. Except I can't use my oven this time of year.