Shrimp in Adobo II
Ancho (Ahn-cho) Chile (Capsicum Annum) means Wide Chile Pepper. This chile ranges from 3 – 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. An Ancho is the dried form of a Poblano Pepper and often is mislabeled as a Pasilla or Mulato Pepper. Anchos have sweet fruity flavor with hints of cherry, prune, and fig. Anchos, combined with the Pasilla and Guajillo, form the Holy Trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces. Scoville heat units are 1,000 to 3,000.
Anchos are great in salsa, soups, enchilada and any sauce needing mild heat and chile flavor. Chopped, pureed or ground, they can be added directly to your recipes.
6 dried ancho chiles, stemmed
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 pounds small or medium uncooked shrimp, preferably wild American, peeled, deveined, cut into 1/4″ pieces
Makes 6 servings
Dried ancho chiles are available at specialty foods stores, Latin markets, and some supermarkets. preparation
Heat a large dry cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles and toast, turning often, until just fragrant, about 1 minute. Let cool.
Using kitchen scissors and working over a medium bowl, cut chiles into 1″ rings, reserving seeds. Cover chiles with 1/2 cup hot water and let soak, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Transfer chiles with seeds and soaking liquid to a blender. Add garlic, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, oregano, cumin, and sugar and purée until a smooth, thick paste forms. Transfer adobo paste to a large bowl and add shrimp and toss until evenly coated. Preheat broiler. Place shrimp on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer. Broil, watching closely and stirring halfway through, until shrimp are just cooked through and are browned in spots, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt.
From Bon Appetit