Are you a part of the 16.9 percent of Americans, according the U.S. Census Bureau, who identify as Hispanic? No matter whether your roots are in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or elsewhere, the fact is you have a rich tradition of culinary delights to draw upon to make an amazing meal for family, friends, and your upcoming dinner party.
Many countries which serve as hereditary homelands to the United States offer great access to seafood. Spain sits partly on the Atlantic Ocean and partly on the Mediterranean Sea. Puerto Rico is surrounded by water. Wherever your roots lie, chances are pretty good that shrimp and other seafood feature in some way into the local cuisines. Here are four recetas de camarones to help you and yours connect with your past.
- Shrimp Ceviche
- Shrimp Enchiladas Verde
- Crab ‘N Shrimp Stuffed Tamales
- Arroz con Pollo y Camarones
Ceviche is a dish of raw seafood that uses a combination of citric acid, such as that found in lemons and limes, mixed with chili peppers to slowly cook the fresh, raw fish. Shrimp ceviche is one of the favorite recetas de camarones of famed chef Rick Bayless. The dish is quite easy to make. Simply cut the shrimp into bite size pieces, mix with salt, pepper, juice, and chili, and allow to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to cure before serving. It is fresh, easy, and authentic.
Did you know that the word “enchilada” comes from the past tense of the verb “enchilar”? The verb means “to add chili pepper to”. Eat Live Run offers an extremely healthy take on this receta featuring fresh shrimp, green chili sauce, whole wheat tortillas, and just enough heat from cumin and chili pepper. Of course, do not forget the queso on top!
Tamales have been around for a very long time. Tracing their roots back to the Ancient Maya, tamale recipes were prepared in the Preclassical Period that lasted from 1200 to 250 BCE. The tamale itself is a cornbread dough pocket that is stuffed with meats, fruits, cheeses, and seafoods or any combinations of those along with chili peppers. They are most often cooked in large batches using a special kind of steamer called a tamalera.
Guy Fieri of Food Network has some great recetas de camarones including one for “Crab ‘N Shrimp Stuffed Tamales”. This recipe features homemade cornmeal dough, fresh shrimp, and a delicious red seafood sauce.
According to the International Rice Research Institute, rice is a staple food for billions of people across the world. One of the best recipes for shrimp and rice is that offered by All Recipes Argentina. It incorporates green chili peppers, shrimp, fresh rice, and a list of other flavorful ingredients for an authentic Argentinian flavor.
Whether you are looking for something simple and light like ceviche or a bit more filling like arroz con pollo y camarones, there are great recetas de camarones out there for you. Connect with your past, entertain others, and switch up your normal culinary experience with these four delicious recipes.