QUICK APPS & FOOTBALL SNAPS: Week 6 – Margarita shrimp with pico de gallo cocktail sauce
Cilantro is the mark of Latin foodstuffs – at least in my book it is. The herb – which is actually the stems and leaves of the coriander plant – has a very pungent fragrance and distinct taste. In fact, if you’ve ever had a mouthful of cilantro and all of a sudden felt like you were chomping with a mouthful of soap, don’t worry – you aren’t crazy.
According to the New York Times, “flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.”
Just… yeah. Ignore the insects part. Something tasting like soap is bad enough.
However, cilantro in moderation is fine, and may not impart such a Dove-like taste. This margarita shrimp with pico de gallo cocktail sauce calls for cilantro in both recipes, but the flavor is enhanced to a reasonable level instead of totally overtaking the dish, thanks to the addition of things like jalapeno and tomato.
Be wary if buying it fresh, as it bears a striking resemblance to parsley. In the simplest way I can explain, this is how you remember the difference: P is for Parsley, and Pointy leaves. C is for Cilantro, and Curved leaves.
Week 6 (Oct. 9-Oct. 13): Margarita Shrimp with Pico De Gallo Cocktail Sauce
Knowledge while you nosh:
Wish the Chiefs and Saints a nice little week vacation, as they’re both off for right now.
Tonight, however, you can see the Indianapolis Colts take on the Houston Texans at 8:25 p.m. on CBS. Sunday goodies include the Lions and the Vikings at 1 p.m. on Fox and the Giants and the Eagles at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, while Monday Night Football falls to the 49ers and Rams at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
*Note that all times are EST and you may not be able to get certain games, depending on the area in which you live.
Full schedule for the week: