Camarones con Chipotles en Adobo
Chipotles are smoked chilies. Jalapeños are most commonly used but, poblano, morita and meco chiles are also used. The chilies may be smoked to a point where they are hard and dry, or they may be smoked to a point where they remain soft and pliable.
About adobo sauce:
There are many ways to prepare adobo sauce. Adobo typically has elements of sweet, tangy, bitter and salty flavors. Adobo sauces can vary in flavor, depending on the ingredients. Imagine the many different kinds of barbecue sauces. Same thing.
For this meal, I chose to lightly smoke and char the jalapeños and I made an adobo sauce from leftover tidbits in the refrigerator. The base of the sauce was a spicy ketchup that I made by adding some hot sauce to the ketchup. To that, I added a little barbecue sauce, a little soy sauce, a pinch of brown sugar, and a few dashes of liquid smoke. The finished sauce was full of flavor, but not too spicy.
1 head of garlic, peeled and mashed
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup lime juice
1 lb jumbo shrimp
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chipotles in adobo (about ½ cup)
Lime wedges for serving
Corn tortillas (softened in hot oil)
1 cup lettuce, chopped
Add olive oil and garlic to a ceramic dish and bake in a 325° oven for 30 minutes.
Remove the dish from the oven and add lime juice. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and mash the garlic to form a paste. I browned the garlic a little too much and it wouldn’t mash properly, so I removed the garlic. The oil carried the garlic flavor nicely.
Peel and devein the shrimp. Reserve the shrimp shells for shrimp stock.
In a large skillet, add 3 tablespoons of the garlic oil and set heat to medium. Add the shrimp and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Sauté the shrimp for about 3 minutes.
Remove the shrimp and keep warm.
Add the chipotle sauce to the remaining garlic oil. Mix to combine.
Add the mixture to the skillet and cook for a minute or two. Add the shrimp to the skillet and stir briefly.
Turn out to a serving platter.
Top with diced green onions. Serve with lime wedges, lettuce, warm tortillas, and Mexican rice.