Fish Tacos with Sour Cream Sauce & Chocolate Sheet Cake

Wow, it has been a day.  I started out by wanting to post my 5th fish recipe for the week.  But, I had an "accident" with my camera.  Completely the camera's fault, not it's user, btw, and I accidentally erased my photos of the fish tacos after they were ALL eaten.  Trust me they are great.  I promise that I will post photos the next time I make them (probably in a week or so).  So, I am going to give you a bonus---Chocolate Sheet Cake!!  WARNING!!!! It is NOT diet friendly!!!!

But, oh well, it's Friday and if you can't eat cake on Friday, when can you??

But first, the fish tacos--

Living in Northwest Louisiana, you gotta love Tex-Mex.  I really think that it is probably my favorite kind of food, especially when you combine it with seafood or fish.  The inspiration for this recipe is from  a restaurant an institution in Shreveport --- Superior Grill.  They serve great fish tacos (an everything else too, especially the margaritas), steaks, and killer fajitas.  I usually get the fish or shrimp tacos almost every time we go there (which is a lot).  Well, here is my version.  I think that this fish recipe is my all-time favorite.  I especially love the sour cream sauce and slaw for the crunch.  I just wish that I could make the salsa and chips to go with it.

Fish Tacos with Sour Cream Slaw

2 Tilapia filets
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin, divided
1 teaspoon chili powder, divided
salt and pepper
1 package shredded cabbage
1 cup low-fat sour cream
juice from 1 lime
corn or flour tortillas
1 jalapeno, sliced for garnish
1 avocado, sliced for garnish
1 tomato, diced for garnish

Heat grill to 350 degrees.  Place tilapia and garlic on non-stick foil and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle fish and garlic with 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and salt and pepper.  Rub to coat.  Cook fish until flaky.  Meanwhile to make slaw, combine shredded cabbage, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, sour cream, and lime juice.

Place tortillas on grill for 5-10 seconds until warm.  Serve tilapia and slaw on tortilla and garnish with sliced jalapenos, avocados, and tomatoes.

Friday Bonus--Chocolate Sheet Cake

This has to be my family's all-time favorite cake.  I make it and it last approximately 30 minutes.  This recipe came from my late-grandmother, Nanny Vera.  She was an excellent cook.  I think that hers was a little better, even though I have her recipe and notes.  My sister swears that there is a missing ingredient in the recipe.  She says that she can't make it taste the same even with my grandmother's pan!  Either way, it is delicious.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup Crisco
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt.  Mix well.  In a medium saucepan combine butter, water, Crisco, and cocoa.  Bring to a boil.  Pour over flour mixture.  In another bowl beat eggs, soda, buttermilk, and vanilla together.   Mix well and add to first mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees in an oiled sheet pan for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cake shrinks from the sides of the pan.

For the icing:
1 stick of butter
6 tablespoons whole milk
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a medium saucepan combine butter, milk, and cocoa.  Let ingredients melt, but not boil.  Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients.  Stir well.

Poke holes in the top of the cake and pour icing over while cake and icing are both hot.

Let cake sit for 30 minutes for icing to harden.

( I have tried this recipe with numerous substitutions for the Crisco--it just doesn't taste the same.  Please let me know if you find a substitution that doesn't interfere with the taste.)

Hope you enjoy both recipes,

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  1. I 'pinned' the cake recipe. Sounds amazing. Plus, I love that it's 'grandma's' recipe. :o)

  2. I had someone comment on my pin that this is exactly like a cake her mom always made. Her mom passed away and no one had the recipe. She made it and said it is the cake, but that she used cinnamon in it. Maybe that's your "missing" ingredient. If you want to read her comments, here's the link to my pin:

  3. Finally made this today. Just ate my first piece. Um, wow. It's gonna take some serious willpower not to eat myself sick. :)