Earlier this week, I visited a tiny market on Indiana Avenue right off the 101 freeway that not only had the heartiest meaty tamales, they sold huge bags 2lb bags of fresh cactus for $1.50. I've never cooked with cactus (aka nopales) before, I put the call out and you answered! I whipped up a little omelet with grilled onion and yellow bell peppers topped with lots of tapatio. The only thing missing? Thin slices of jalapeno or serrano chiles to complement the tart, almost pickled flavor of the cactus.
I boiled the cactus in salted water for ten minutes. It kind of looks like green beans, but its slippery like okra.
I sauteed the cactus with the onion and bell pepper in some Pam and a healthy squeeze of lime. I added 3 scrambled egg whites with one whole egg. Quick and easy!