Saturday, May 3, 2008

Ceviche


Have you ever heard of Ceviche? Traditionally it is a Seafood dish where fresh raw seafood is marinated in lime juice to “cook” it. Usually it also has peppers, tomatoes and other things added to it so it is almost like a seafood salsa. It is delicious!

We don’t actually use raw seafood in our family. The thought is just a bit hard for me to get by. Although I did have it that way once and it was good too. We used precooked imitation crab, and precooked shrimp. My family likes to eat it by scooping it up with tortilla chips. That is really good. Since chips are not very healthy, I like to eat it out of a bowl with a spoon, kind of like a cold soup. Mmmmm. It is so good, and healthy.

It is a fairly new dish for our family. Kayla learned how to make Ceviche from watching her boyfriend’s mother make it. Actually, she didn’t learn directly from her. Kayla said she couldn’t get the recipe out of her. So Kayla did a little searching on the internet until she came by a ceviche recipe that was similar to what she had seen made. She then tweaked the recipe just a bit so it was pretty close to her boyfriend’s mother’s recipe. Kayla makes fabulous ceviche.

I tried making my own version of ceviche a few days ago, since Kayla wasn't home. I have to admit it was really good too. Although Kayla thought I messed up a few things. Apparently I am not supposed to put onions in it, and I cut the avocados too small, I cut the seafood too big, and I used the wrong kind of peppers. But it was really good anyway. I’m sure there is more than one way to make ceviche.

I’ll share the recipe with you. But I don’t have an actual recipe. I’ll just tell you how I made it. And then if you want to do internet searches to get an actual recipe you can. Remember this is kind of my way I did it. Kayla might disagree with some of it.

This will make a large bowl of it. Start with a whole bunch of tomatoes, about 8-12. Dice them up pretty small. Use about 5 serrano chilies, deseeded. Dice them up really small. (I used an Anaheim pepper and a jalappeno pepper, Kayla said that was wrong.) Be careful when working with the chilies. You might want to protect your hands with plastic gloves or sandwich baggies. Every time I skip this, my fingers really hurt a while after I am done. I can’t tell I am burning my skin when I am cutting them, but they really hurt later. Use a lot of cilantro, chopped up. I used about ½ of a bunch. But more might have been good. I love cilantro! Squeeze about 3 limes into the mix. I put a fair amount of onion in, cut small. Red or green would be good, unless you are like Kayla, and would rather skip the onion altogether. Dice up some avocado, maybe two. Kayla prefers larger chunks of this. I did mine small. Either way is good. Then put in corn. Kayla uses canned, I used frozen. Put in cooked shrimp and imitation crab, cut into chunks. Kayla says they should be kind of small. Pour on some Clamato juice. Don’t make it too juicy. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. I hope I am not forgetting anything. I think celery or cucumber would be good in it, but I haven’t tried it yet.
This is good right away, and even better then next day!

15 comments:

Tiffany said...

Haha, go Kayla! That does look pretty good, although I think I would agree with Kayla simply because I hate onions!

Kris said...

yummy Kat!!! I must try it!!

Traci said...

Looks good! There is a resturant here in Hartford that makes awesome ceviche with the raw fish and all! My mom-in-law would get it every once in a while and we loved it! You had to it eat it quick since it went bad fast!

Deb-t said...

I haven't heard of ceviche and I'm curious as to how it is pronounced and where it originates from. Is it a Mexican dish? Looks delicious!

Katrina said...

I think here is the proper pronunciation: Say-BEECH-eh

But in my family we have been pronouncing the V instead of doing the soft B sound.

Katrina said...

Kayla learned it from her boyfriend's Hispanic family. But I am not sure where they are actually from. I think ceviche comes from South America. There are probably different variations from different areas of the continent.

Katrina said...

This is more how my family says it:
suh-vee-chey,

erika said...

I had this dish when we were in Calfornia.It was so yummy!

Sondra said...

Katrina, It's beautiful! I think my family would love it. I'm going to try it for a special seafood meal. I don't want to use raw either. Once I worked with a very nice Mexican chef. He made a dish that was something like this and brought it to work to share with us. But his had shrimp and squid pieces! I could see the suckers on the tenticals! I ate as much as I could trying to be nice. You could tell that he was very proud of it and had made it especially for us to be nice, but eating squid tenticals was too hard. I'll use the same seafood that you used. Thanks for the healthy good idea. They really need to make inexpensive whole wheat baked tortilla chips, don't you agree.

Sondra said...

A few onions make almost anything better. I don't go onion crazy, but some are nice. I hate cutting hot peppers and then my hands are burning afterward. You have to be careful no to rub your eyes!

Ruuddudes said...

Okay, I saw the picture before I acutally read the post, and it totally made me long for some good homemade salsa. THEN, I read that you have raw shrimp in it, some crab, & in Sondra's version SQUID with TENTACLES?!? Oh, I'm much too babyish to try anything like this! Looks SO good, though! Maybe I should be hypnotized to get over my fear of food...

Sondra said...

I love my Trina!

Joel Campbell said...

Hey this is Kally, It looks so good, I want some homemade salsa too. It is the best, good job to make it. Thanks for always commenting on our blog.:)

Karmen said...

Oh, this looks so heavenly! My sisters have a dip that we have dubbed "sisters' night dip" and it has a few of these ingredients, but we should try this one (Koriann will probably be the only one to freak out about the seafood...wait, Val might too...but the rest of us will chow it down!) I can't wait to try it!

Brenda Campbell Hansen said...

Mmmm....we are definitely going to try this! I've loved reading your blog! Val and Kally helped me set one up, so you can check it out (hansfam08.blogspot.com)
Love you!