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Mesquite Almond Shrimp

Mesquite flour can be found online at www.casadefruta.com, www.desertusa.com and www.amazon.com, as well as at select health-food stores.

1-1/2 pounds cleaned, tail-on large shrimp (15-20 per pound)

1/4 cup tangerine juice plus 1 tablespoon grated zest, divided

2 tablespoons Barbados rum, such as Mount Gay

2 dashes bitters

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1-1/2 cups chopped sliced

almonds

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon mesquite flour

1/4 teaspoon cayenne or

habanero powder

2 eggs

Canola or vegetable oil for frying

In a large, nonreactive bowl, toss the shrimp with the tangerine juice, rum, bitters, a pinch of salt, a couple grinds of pepper and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, toss the almonds with the mesquite flour, chile powder, one-fourth teaspoon salt and the zest. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water.

Remove the shrimp from the refrigerator and take them out of the marinade one at a time, shaking off the excess. Holding the tail, dip the shrimp into the egg wash, then shake off the excess and place in the breading. Press the breading onto both sides of the shrimp (do not coat the tail), then place the breaded shrimp on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

In a large sauté pan, add enough oil to fill the pan 1 inch from the bottom. Heat the oil until a thermometer inserted reads 350 degrees F. Gently place several shrimp in the oil, making sure they do not touch, and fry 1 to 2 minutes, until the breading is golden brown. Flip the shrimp over and cook the other side about a minute, until the shrimp is firm and the breading is golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

Divide the shrimp evenly between eight plates (use four for a main course) and serve.

Servings: 8 as an appetizer, 4 as a main course

Nacho Pizza

1 (10-ounce) precooked whole-wheat pizza crust, such as Boboli

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

3 tablespoons bottled pickled jalapeños

1 cup light shredded Cheddar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pizza crust on ungreased baking sheet.

Leaving a 1/2-inch border around perimeter clear, spread black beans on the crust. Top with the tomatoes and jalapeños and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake until cheese is melted and pizza is heated through, 8 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

– The Washington Post

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