I was more than happy to guest post for Jenny, I have been following her blog for some time now and admire her love for good food. I don’t think that’s something you just come up with but something learned from a very early age. She has some fantastic recipes on Savour The Senses with one of my favorites being her Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza! My inspiration for today’s post came from a vacation I had last weekend in the beautiful city of Sedona, Arizona. I had heard from a few friends that Sedona was lacking in good places to eat, and sadly I would have to agree. I saw many places advertising cactus fries made from the paddles of the prickly pear cactus. I had to try these but when they arrived at my table all I had was a pile of limp, half breaded pieces of the leaf. I then made up my mind to try to emulate these when I got back home, It couldn’t be that hard could it? It wasn’t in fact the hardest part was removing the spikes from the leaves which did result in a few finger pricks. The end result made it worth while though. Tall, crunchy and proud looking cactus fries which I dipped in a spicy ancho chili dip. Since the cactus leaves or “Nopalito” are so inexpensive to buy I threw in some extra and made a cactus salad from Lisa Fain’s, Homesick Texan cook book. The salad turned out fresh tasting and bursting with flavor, coupled with the awesome fiber content made this a really healthy salad. I will definitely be making these again!
Thanks so much Gerry! I have never tried cactus but this sounds delicious! If you or somebody you know would like to be a part of Featured Foodie Friday please e-mail me at savourthesenses (at) gmail (dot) com and we can get you scheduled!
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