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Shrimp and Octopus Fried Taquitos


Shrimp and Octopus Fried Taquitos (Tacos de Manolette de Camarones y Pulpo)
Yields 30
A favorite of chef Susana Trilling, you can use any type of seafood in the stuffing for these fried tacos. The sauce is good with vegetable crudités or spread on totopos or tostadas.
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Ingredients
    Octopus
    1. ¾ pound octopus
    2. ½ white onion, cut in half
    3. ½ head garlic, cloves cut in half
    4. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
    5. Juice of 1 lime or lemon
    Mayonnaise
    1. ½ teaspoon apple cider (or other fruit) vinegar
    2. ¾ teaspoon smoked mole
    3. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    4. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    5. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
    6. 1 cup mayonnaise
    Manolettes
    1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2. 1 medium white onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
    3. 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
    4. 2 stalks celery with leaves, finely chopped
    5. 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
    6. 7 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    8. ½ teaspoon ground white pepper, ground
    9. 1 cup orange juice
    10. ½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
    11. ½ cup flat leaf parsley
    12. 1 small hoja santa leaf, chopped finely
    13. 2 tablespoons garlic chives, chopped fine
    14. 1/2 pound gouda cheese, or manchego, grated (2 cups)
    15. Sea salt, to taste
    16. 30 flour tortillas
    17. 2 cups neutral oil for frying, like sunflower or canola
    Directions
      Octopus
      1. In a medium saucepan heat 1 quart water, onion, garlic, sea salt, and lime juice until boiling.
      2. Dip the octopus into the water three times. Add the octopus into the pot, lower the heat, and simmer the octopus over low heat for 1 hour, covered. It should be soft when finished cooking.
      Mayonnaise
      1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the vinegar with the mole until combined.
      2. Add the garlic, black pepper, and sea salt. Whisk until combined.
      3. Gradually whisk in the mayonnaise until all the ingredients are combined.
      4. Mix well for a minute more until smooth. Set aside.
      Filling
      1. Heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat.
      2. Add the onions, and cook, stirring until transparent, about 3-5 minutes.
      3. Add the bell pepper, celery, and jalapeño, and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes.
      4. Add garlic and sauté two minutes more.
      5. Add the previously poached octopus, Worcestershire sauce, orange juice, and white pepper. Cover and cook five minutes, until the juice is absorbed.
      6. Add the shrimp and cook one minute.
      7. Remove from heat and pour unto a bowl. Add parsley, hoja santa, chives, and cheese, and mix well. Add sea salt to taste. Let cool.
      Taquitos
      1. Heat the tortilla in a large dry skillet or over the stove’s flame until just pliable, about 30 seconds on each side. Do not brown.
      2. Fill with 1½ to 2 tablespoons of filling and fold up like a burrito. Secure with a toothpick.
      3. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 2 cups of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Lower the taquitos into the hot oil and fry until golden, about 3-4 minutes. Set the taquitos on the baking sheet to drain. Serve two to a plate, with a dollop of the mayonnaise.
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      Susana Trilling

      Born and raised in the United States, Susana Trilling has fallen in love with the Mexican people and their culture. After running her own restaurant in New York City, Trilling moved to Oaxaca in 1988 and opened the Seasons of My Heart Cooking School at Rancho Aurora. As a renown authority on Oaxacan cuisine, she has authored two books and appeared on numerous TV programs.