Shrimp rolls always have a spot on my summer eats bucket list. They’re snuggled right up there next to lobster with potato salad and a slice of strawberry shortcake. A shrimp roll with a side of potato chips is simply summer to me. And when I order a shrimp roll, only the classic will do. So that’s what I’m bringing you today. There is no twist, no unexpected ingredient, and no out-of-left-field technique. What we have here is simply a damn good set of shrimp rolls meticulously prepared. So without further ado, let’s break down these Shrimp Rolls with Garlic Chive Butter.
It’s time for another installment of my ongoing Overthinking Classics series. If you’re new here, Overthinking Classics is a video series where I dissect beloved dishes, overthink them from every angle, and rebuild them into my version of perfect. I say “my version of perfect” because what you look for in, say, a plate of pasta might be very different than what I look for. Today, I’m tackling the classic cheeseburger. A year-round favorite that really comes into its own in the summer. Pair this bad boy with a milkshake and a side of fries for the full nostalgic experience.
Did you read the title twice? Be honest. Yes, I am pairing rhubarb with cod on the blog Rhubarb and Cod. That has to be meta or something. So what are you looking at here? Well, these are Crispy Cod Sandwiches that are topped with shaved red cabbage and cucumber and slathered with tartar sauce flecked with minced pickled rhubarb. The cod is enrobed in a crisp beer batter and the rhubarb is pickled in a vinegar solution flavored with ginger, star anise, and coriander seeds. The result is a totally captivating sandwich that I promise doesn’t taste strange in the least. In fact, I would go so far as to call it downright delicious. So let’s dive in!
Once upon a time, I ate a really good taco. And 10 years later it continues to live rent-free in my mind. It was a tri-tip taco and I was in San Diego, California. It’s funny, I don’t remember the specifics of the taco. All I remember is the quality of the corn tortilla, and the meat. That meat was so tender, smokey, and flavorful – I just could not handle it. So you can imagine my disappointment when I realized tri-tip was far from common here in Canada. Thankfully, in the intervening years, tri-tip has become easier to find here in Toronto. So without further ado, I present my attempt to recreate a beloved food memory with these Tri-Tip Tacos with Chipolte Peanut Sauce.