Nopales  Cactus Paddles

Cactus Paddles - Today I also have the recipes for Nopales Salad and Nopales with Eggs. Nopales with eggs!!?? What?? Am I out of my mind?? Well, that is exactly what I told my husband as a newlywed almost 30 years ago.

 Place the cactus paddle on your cutting board and, using a sharp knife, trim off the edge. Scrape the spines, thorns or eyes, running your knife from back to front until completely clean. Turn the cactus paddles and do the same on the other side.

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 Repeat the same steps with the rest of the cactus paddles. Finally, rinse the cactus paddles and take them back to your clean cutting board.

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 Place a medium size pot with 4 quarts of water to boil.

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 Cut the cactus paddles into small strips.

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 Once the water is boiling add the cactus, onion, garlic, ½ tsp. of salt and the tomatillo husk. Boil uncovered for about 8-10 minutes or until tender. The cactus will exude a sticky substance and most times will foam, so, pay special attention to this step to avoid the foam to spill over.

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 Once cooked, drain and rinse the cactus. Let them drain completely or pat them dry with paper towels. Now, your nopales are ready to be prepared into salads, scrambled eggs, as an addition to your Mexican stews, etc.

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