TEQUILA, CHILI AND LIME-MARINATED PRAWN AND SCALLOP SKEWERS SERVED WITH AVOCADO PICO DE GALLO
IngredientsServes 6 (makes 12 skewers)
24 large fresh or frozen sea scallops, about 2 lbs (1 kg)
24 large fresh or frozen prawns, about 1 lb (0.5 kg)
¼ cup (60 ml) tequila
¼ cup (60 ml) lime juice
¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tbsp (15 ml) chili powder
½ jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely minced
1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano
1 tbsp (15 ml) agave syrup or honey
2 tsp (10 ml) kosher salt
½ tsp (2 ml) smoked paprika
1 red onion, cut into 2-in (5 cm) chunks
12 baby summer zucchini squash
2 limes, cut into 12 large wedges
12 x 8-in (20 cm) skewers, if using wooden, soak overnight in water
AVOCADO PICO DE GALLO:
3 medium ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
1 jalapeño pepper, or to taste, seeded and finely minced
½ cup (125 ml) minced red onion
¼ cup (60 ml) finely chopped cilantro
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lime juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 to 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
- Thaw scallops and prawns, if frozen. Peel and devein prawns. Rinse both in cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towel. Place into medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together tequila, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, jalapeño, oregano, agave syrup or honey, salt and paprika until well blended. Set aside ¼ cup (60 ml) for basting. Pour remaining marinade over prawns and scallops and mix well. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag, seal and place into a shallow baking dish. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning bag occasionally. Marinade could also be used for pork or chicken.
- Drain prawns and scallops, discard marinade. On skewers, alternately thread 2 scallops and 2 shrimp along with red onion chunks, a baby zucchini and a lime wedge. Place on a preheated grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 10 minutes, or until scallops and shrimp are opaque, turn once halfway through grilling and baste with reserved marinade. Serve with Avocado Pico de Gallo.
- To make AVOCADO PICO DE GALLO: Combine tomatoes, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, green onion, lime juice and olive oil. Taste and season. Gently fold in avocado and serve.