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Southwestern Shrimp Grilled in Cornhusks




Charred Chile Salsa


  1. In a large bowl, cover cornhusks with boiling water, set aside until pliable, about 1 hour.
  2. Prepare grill.
  3. Insert wooden pick horizontally through each onion slice to secure for grilling.
  4. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Grill onions, turning until lightly charred, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove wooden picks.
  7. Drain cornhusks and open flat. Overlap wide, flat ends if 2 cornhusks to make a boat-shape package.
  8. Repeat to make 8 packages.
  9. Divide onions among cornhusks and top each with shrimp and 2 tablespoons Charred Chile Salsa.
  10. Fold cornhusks edges firmly around filling and tie ends with kitchen string.
  11. Place packages on grill. Cover and grill, without turning, until shrimp is opaque, 10 to 12 minutes.
  12. To serve, open each plate. Garnish with avocado, cilantro and lime wedges.
  13. Serve with remaining salsa.
  14. Charred Chile Salsa: Prepare a grill. Brush corn, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic and onion with oil. Thread garlic on a metal skewer. Grill vegetables, turning until charred, 5 to 15 minutes.
  15. Lightly grill chiles, turning often, about 1 minute. (Do not burn) When vegetables are cool enough to handle, peel, core and quarter bell pepper. Peel tomatoes and garlic. Core tomatillos. Stem and seed chiles.
  16. In a food processor, coarsely chop bell pepper and chiles. Add tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice and brown sugar and coarsely chop. Transfer to a bowl. Cut kernels from corn and stir into salsa. Add salt and pepper.

4 servings; 2 cups salsa

Salsa will keep, covered, in a refrigerator up to 1 day.


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