The Beach Boys sang about surfing safaris. They’d travel the world surfing and singing their little hearts out. Not a bad idea, except substitute banging for surfing, and singing for grilling. Now we’re talking about a trip to remember. We can squeeze in some waves and singing while in the final throes of banging. But it’s all about beach time fun time all the time. You don’t have time to waste in the water when you have hot tanning bodies waiting for you to invite them to chill out while you grill out. Use the surfboard as a prop and hint that you just won a lifetime supply of sunscreen. Offer to rub some of your grand prize onto their shoulders and lure them over to your beach shack. Demonstrate your skills out of the water and grill them up some crazy easy, low-calorie tacos that won’t harm their swimsuit bod. Now comes the easy part of the safari.
Total time: approximately 25 minutes
Projected cost: $10
Drinking Buddy: Margarita or beer
Ingredients (serves 4):
1. 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2. 1 teaspoon of black pepper
3. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
4. 8 small corn tortillas
5. ½ a lemon of juice
6. 1 onion cut into large strips
7. 1 lb. of CALAMARI steak
8. 3 garlic cloves chopped finely
9. ½ an AVOCADO sliced thinly
10. 1 tomato chopped coarsely
Wrap the tortillas in tinfoil and heat them in the oven at 200 degrees F. Create the taco marinade by combining the garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a bowl. Throw in the calamari steaks and onions and allow the flavor to set in (approx 15 minutes).
Heat up the grill: if you are using charcoal, allow the coals to become embers; if you are rocking the gas grill, cook on medium-high heat. Throw on the calamari steaks and onions and cook through, flipping halfway so the calamari steaks brown and the onions become soft and translucent (approx 3 minutes per side). Chop the grilled calamari into bite-sized pieces.
Assemble the tacos by throwing a small handful of calamari and onions, two slices of avocado and a tiny handful of chopped tomatoes into each open tortilla. Serve up with some MANGO SALSA or your favorite hot sauce.