Seafood Chimichangas with Guacamole
- Vegetable oil
- 3 ancho chiles
- 6 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 large onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 onion, diced
- 3/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3/4 pounds bay scallops
- 1/4 pound fresh lump crabmeat, picked for shells
- 8 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
- 3 chayote, peeled, seeded, and julienne
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 6 to 8 large flour tortillas, warmed so pliable
- Guacamole, recipe follows, accompaniment
- Chopped fresh tomatoes, accompaniment
- Sour cream, accompaniment
- Chopped fresh cilantro, garnish
- Chopped green onions, garnish
- Black Beans, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Lightly toast the ancho chiles, either over the burner of a gas stove, or in a large saute pan set over high heat. The skin should just start to blister. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl. Cover with hot water and let soak for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water. Remove the stems and seeds and discard.
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly coat the aluminum foil with vegetable oil. Place the tomatoes, cut-side down, on the foil with the onion chunks and garlic cloves. Roast until tender and the skin on the tomatoes begins to blacken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Remove the skin from the tomatoes. Place everything in a blender. Add the soaked chiles and 1/4 cup of the soaking water and process until smooth. Add more of the soaking water, if necessary to create a smooth sauce. Add the lime juice, cumin, oregano, and cilantro and pulse to combine. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.
To a large saute pan over high heat, add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the diced onion and saute until just translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and scallops and cook until the shrimp just begin to turn pink and curl. Be careful not to overcook the seafood at this point, the mixture will be fried later, so it should be slightly undercooked. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the sauce and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl. Add the crab and goat cheese and mix well. Fold in the chayote and cilantro
Place 2 cups of the remaining sauce in a saucepan. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce slightly while you are preparing the chimichangas. Taste, and reseason, if necessary. Excess sauce can be refrigerated for 1 week of frozen for 2 months.
One at a time, place the tortillas on a work surface. Spoon a line of the seafood mixture down the center. Fold in the top and bottom to form a package, then the sides. Roll to seal. Secure shut with toothpicks
Heat several inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot to 360 degrees F. Using tongs, lower 1 burrito at a time into the hot oil, holding it together with the tongs until it is "sealed." Continue cooking until golden brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes, depending upon their size.Black Beans:
1 cup dry black beans, picked over, rinsed and drained
2 strips smoked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 1/2 cups chicken stock or water
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Put the black beans in a pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Let soak overnight. Discard any beans that float to the surface.
Fry the bacon in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until slightly crisp. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the black beans, chicken stock, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours, adding more liquid as needed to keep moist. Remove from the heat. Discard the bay leaf. Add the cilantro,lime juice, cumin, salt, and cayenne, and stir to combine. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.Guacamole:
1 Hass avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup minced red onions
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon minced seeded jalapeno
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mash with the back of a fork to combine. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups
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