Wintertime Ceviche with Scallops, Pomegranate and Kale.
Ceviche has been one of my favorite dishes my entire life. Having grown up in Southern California the amount of fresh seafood available year round was amazing. I spent a lot of time in San Diego with friends, I even lived there for a while, and I would go out deep sea fishing with friends and we would always make ceviche with our own catch of the day. One of my favorite ceviche recipes is from my friend Cathy of Noble Pig. Her "Ceviche My Way" recipe is so perfect and I make it several times a year. Traditional ceviche uses just the citrus juice, most often just lime, to "cook" the seafood. Some recipes call for blanching or cooking the seafood and shellfish slightly, which isn't traditional, but I think there is nothing wrong with that. Any way you make it, ceviche is yummy.
My local Whole Foods market is often a source of inspiration for me. I always pass by the seafood counter to see what prepared, ready to cook seafood they have as well as the meat counter and deli. I have recreated several of their dishes with my guess on ingredients and method and they have come out amazing so far. The Grilled Copper River Salmon with Blueberry Hatch Chili Sauce was so dang good and so was the Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad I made. I always look at the ceviche bar that is near the seafood counter to see what they have. When I saw what they had I was totally inspired to recreate a combo of their persimmon shrmp ceviche and their pomegrante orange ceviche. Both had kale in it and they looked great and I figured why not make a combo of the two. So I snapped pics of the ingredient lists on my trusty iphone and armed with the ingredients I headed to home to recreate it as best as I could.
Inspired by my favorite ceviche from Noble Pig I adapted a little of her preparation method with my past ceviche making experience and I made the best ceviche I have ever had. The added touches of the massaged kale ( I have always been meh about kale, until I discovered massaging it with lemon juice and I won't have it ant other way now) the persimmon and pomegranate make this typical summer dish into a nice wintertime twist on the dish. So with the cold and dreary weather out right now, this dish will transport you to a beach side cafe, if only for a few minutes. I crave summer flavors year round so this is a great way to tide me over until it is shorts weather again.
- ½ C orange juice
- ½ c lime juice
- ½ c lemon juice divided
- 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1 lb medium shrimp deveined and tails removed
- 1 lb medium sea scallops
- 1 bunch dinosaur kale
- ½ c diced red onion
- 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed and diced
- 2 small fuyu persimmons peeled and diced (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- ⅓ c chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Ground black pepper
- Hot sauce : optional
- In a bowl combine the orange juice, lime juice, all but 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and the garlic and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Set a bowl of ice water in the sink and bring a pan of salted water to a boil on the stove. Add the shrimp and scallops and cook for one minute. Immediately remove the seafood from the pan and place in the ice water to cool completely. Once cooled, drain and add the shrimp and scallops to the orange juice mixture. Chill for at least 4 hours.
- Rinse the kale and remove the stems. Place in a bowl and pour the remaining lemon juice over the top. Rub the kale between your hands to soften the leaves, they will darken slightly, for about 5 minutes. Chop the kale into rough pieces and add it to the bowl of shrimp and scallops along with the diced red onion and diced jalapeno. Chill for another hour. Once ready to serve add in the persimmon, pomegranate arils, cilantro and season with salt and pepper. The mixture can be divided amongst glasses, making sure to add some of the juice along with the ceviche and top with optional hot sauce. Serve chilled.
Summer in a glass.
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