Latin Twist: Shrimp and Scrambled Egg Flour Tortilla Wrap

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Inspiration comes from so many different sources and, as I’ve mentioned before, is sometimes right in front of us! I’ve been on a taco theme, so tortillas are on my mind. I know what you may be thinking: the wrap thing is so 2010 (or older!) but, my friends, I urge you to keep ’em going!

 My Shrimp and Scrambled Egg Wrap is prepared with just a bit of a chipotle spark.  Like their cousins, tacos, flour tortilla wraps offer cooks, of all ages, flexibility and a “fun” pocket to play with.  Photo by Anastassios Mentis for Fiesta Latina, Palomino/Gargagliano, Chronicle Books, 2006

This recipe is inspired by one created by Chef Rafael Palomino, which is included in one of the books I collaborated with him on: Fiesta Latina. The original recipe, made with lobster, is also amazing. But shrimp is more available (!) and more affordable, and, well, I’m thinking about Easter brunch right now!

Shrimp and Scrambled Egg Wrap

Serving Size: 4 wraps, or about 10 appetizer servings

This is a great, quick brunch dish that combines the smokey spark of chipotle with the smooth comfort of scrambled egg, shrimp, and flour tortilla.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (or to taste) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) chipotle purée* (chipotles in adobo, puréed!)
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 burrito-size flour tortillas
  • Chopped chives (or scallions) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise and the chipotle purée until well blended.
  2. Then add the shrimp, celery, and red onion in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Set aside, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until well blended.
  6. Cook them in a large lightly greased sauté pan, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until done.
  7. Remove from the heat, and combine with the shrimp salad.
  8. Place half the mixture along the center of a tortilla in a horizontal line.
  9. Roll up the tortilla so that it's in a cigar shape.
  10. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 4 slices, and stand the slices up vertically.
  11. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and shrimp mixture.
  12. Top each slice with a sprinkle of chives or scallions.
  13. Serve immediately.
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Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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