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Kitchen Play – Summer Ceviche

by Aggies Kitchen on June 25, 2012

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite kitchen tool or gadget is, my reply is always a sharp knife. A sharp knife is essential to any kitchen as far as I’m concerned, and after experiencing an injury to my hand last year because of a not-so-great encounter with a dull knife and an onion, I now know first-hand how important it is to make sure your knives are good and sharp before you use them.

Needless to say, when I found out that my latest Kitchen Play assignment was with none other than the leading American-based knife company, CUTCO Cutlery, I was ecstatic. CUTCO and their products are fairly new to me – I was recently introduced to them at the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot this past October, and after spending some time with them at their booth I was very intrigued. Not only am I loving the quality of their knives (I was sent a Santoku knife as well as a Trimmer – both great universal knives for your kitchen), I am super impressed with their Forever Guarantee as well as their sharpening services. You really can’t beat that standard of service from a company in my opinion.

When I learned that my contribution to the Kitchen Play Progressive Party was the Amuse Bouche course, I knew right away that I wanted to make a ceviche. Ceviche screams summer to me with all the citrus involved in the cooking process and all the finely chopped fresh vegetables that turn it into a flavorful seafood salad that can be served in so many ways.

I don’t know about you, but I find cutting and chopping ingredients for recipes somewhat therapeutic so when my knife arrived I immediately put it to good use. This was my first time making ceviche at home. With the help of the nice lady at my local fish market I picked out a freshly caught piece of flounder and cut it into a small dice using my new CUTCO knife. The veggies and fresh parsley came next and were added in during the final stages of the recipe. The finished ceviche was simply served on rice crackers as a refreshing way to start our dinner.

If you’ve ever eaten ceviche out and have thought of making it at home, I can’t encourage you enough to just go ahead and try it. It was one of the most simple dishes I’ve put together and the most delicious and refreshing, which is exactly what summer dining is all about.

Summer Ceviche on Rice Crackers Recipe inspired and adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, Halibut Ceviche Salad

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb fresh flounder filet (or any fresh, firm white fish), cut small in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, small dice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  • big pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced small
  • 1 jalapeno, diced small
  • bunch fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • juice from one lime
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pinch coarse salt and pepper
  • small round rice crackers, for serving

Instructions

  1. To prepare the ceviche: combine cut pieces of fish and red onion into a large shallow bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover fish pieces completely lemon and lime juices and gently toss to combine. Wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator for up to 2 1/2 hours (stirring halfway through) until fish is white and "cooked" through.
  2. To prepare the salad: using a slotted spoon, transfer fish and red onion to new bowl (without the juices). Add red pepper, jalapeno and parsley and dress with lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine. Set out your crackers on your serving platter and spoon a small amount of ceviche on each cracker. Serve immediately.
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To celebrate summertime dining, CUTCO Cutlery is also sponsoring a delicious giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate one or more recipes from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter.  All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a CUTCO Salad Mates gift set, which includes a Paring Knife and Trimmer (six prizes total, valued at $113 each). Prizes will be shipped directly to each winner. Please review the complete contest rules before entering.
(Disclosure: I was compensated and was provided 2 knives for participating in this Kitchen Play Progressive Party featuring CUTCO.)

 

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Joan Nova June 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

Yes, I guess it really is summer … funny, that we both picked a ceviche. Makes a really nice bite served on a rice cracker.

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Kim | At Home With Kim June 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

I have to say I’ve never even tasted ceviche…. But yours looks so delicious and like the perfect summertime dish. Tim’s parents are coming to visit in a couple of weeks and I want to make something special each night they are here…. I’m adding this to the list. I think it would make a great lunch salad or a first course to dinner, right? Beautiful photos and recipe as always my Friend!

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Tara @ Unsophisticook June 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

I’ve never made ceviche, but I totally agree about recipes that require a lot of chopping being rather therapeutic. I typically stay away from recipes that require a large number of ingredients, but I always love making my guacamole salad recipe because I get to chop away for awhile!

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

Oh this looks perfect, Aggie. I know it tastes amazing! I love to chop away, too.

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Sarah Caron June 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’ve never made my own ceviche before, but this sounds so delicious and easy … I think you are convincing me to try it.

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Paula- bell'alimento June 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

Aggie that summer ceviche looks scrump-dilly-icious!

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patsy June 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

It’s been quite awhile since I had ceviche… but, I’ve never thought to make it at home! It looks so much simpler than I thought it would be!

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Erica June 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I need new knives so bad! They totally are a kitchen staple. What a great bite

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katie June 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

This summer ceviche looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give this a try.

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Nutmeg Nanny June 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

This is such a bright summery recipe! I know the man in my house would love this dish! Yum!

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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Wow…your recipe looks incredible Aggie. I love it!! A definite bookmark from this fish lovin girl!!

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JulieD June 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

Looks so awesome, Aggie! Bravo! Love it, I never would have thought to make a ceviche at home! :)

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Nelly Rodriguez June 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love ceviche, and definitely a fantastic summer recipe, so refreshing!

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Jen @ Savory Simple June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I wish more people would realize that dull knives cause accidents, not sharp knives! Cevice is so perfect for right now.

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Johnny G June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Love ceviche. I like cilantro instead of parsley. I bet it would be really good with Key limes.

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Bree June 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Gorgeous recipe and pictures!!!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 27, 2012 at 12:41 am

Oh wow, these are so cute! I could seriously gobble up a 100 of these!

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Sarah June 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Awesome pictures! I wish I could take helpings from my computer screen. :)

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Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Those looks amazingly delicious! Wonderful to be on the same menu as you!

Funny…I was thinking fresh salmon since I love it so much. Do you think that would work?

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Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

I LOVE ceviche! This recipe looks sooo delicious! I really wish I could try this now, but I am 6 months pregnant so I will have to bookmark it for later! Can’t wait! :)

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