Ole! It’s Mexican Night, Part Two

Yesterday, I shared M and my Mexican Night appetizer: Queso. I highly recommend giving it a try on your next Mexican inspired evening. I bet it would be great as the cheese sauce on nachos… Hmmm. For our entree, I decided to mimic one of our favorite meals at the Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood: Carne Asada with Hongos. Because, yay, mushrooms! I was going to attempt to make yucca fries as well, but I’ll be honest, I totally chickened out. The yucca is a very intimidating produce.

After I made lunch, I got my steak marinating. The recipe specifically says to only marinate it between one and eight hours. The amount of citrus in the recipe would make your meat get funky if you left it in too long, so this is something you could make on a weeknight if you didn’t mind prepping the marinade in the morning and popping the steak in when you got home.

For the marinade, I combined garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime and orange juice, white vinegar and olive oil in my mini chopper. Season with salt and pepper and pulse a few times.

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Place a flank or skirt steak into a baking dish and pour the marinade on top. Put it in your fridge, covered, until you are ready to grill.

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I rinsed out the mini chopper and made my pico next, but apparently since I was drinking margaritas, I didn’t take any pictures of that. Essentially I rough chopped one serrano, four Roma tomatoes, the rest of the onion from my queso, and a small handful of cilantro. Pulse a few times and then add in the juice of one lime, salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil. Let it sit. The longer it sits, the better.

Preheat your grill or grill pan and coat it with a little oil. Remove the steaks from the marinade (discard any leftover) and season with salt and pepper. place on the grill. Cook for about 7 minutes per side.

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Flip. Cook for another seven minutes.

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Once the steaks are cooked to your desired temperature (a solid medium rare in this house), remove to a cutting board and let them rest for five minutes. Slice thinly on the diagonal and serve.

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Carne Asada Tacos
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds flank or skirt steak
  2. 1 recipe Mojo, recipe follows
  3. Olive oil, for coating the grill
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. Corn tortillas
  6. Shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
  7. Shredded Jack cheese
  8. Pico de Gallo
  9. Mojo
  10. 4 garlic cloves
  11. 1 jalapeno
  12. 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves
  13. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  14. 2 limes
  15. 1 orange
  16. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  17. 1/2 cup olive oil
  18. Pico de gallo
  19. 4 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
  20. 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  21. 2 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
  22. 1 Serrano chile, minced
  23. 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  24. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  25. 1 lime, juiced
  26. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  27. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. For the marinade, I combined garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime and orange juice, white vinegar and olive oil in my mini chopper. Season with salt and pepper and pulse a few times.
  2. Place a flank or skirt steak into a baking dish and pour the marinade on top. Put it in your fridge, covered, until you are ready to grill.
  3. Rough chop serrano, tomatoes, onion, and a small handful of cilantro. Pulse a few times and then add in the juice of one lime, salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil. Let it sit.
  4. Preheat grill or grill pan and coat it with a little oil. Remove the steaks from the marinade (discard any leftover) and season with salt and pepper. place on the grill. Cook for about 7 minutes per side.
  5. Flip. Cook for another seven minutes.
  6. Once the steaks are cooked to your desired temperature (a solid medium rare in this house), remove to a cutting board and let them rest for five minutes. Slice thinly on the diagonal and serve with pico and desired toppings.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
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