Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco De Mayo


In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I thought I would share 
one of my favorite Mexican meals...

Flank Steak Fajita Bar

The Steak/Marinade
1 1-2 lb Flank Steak
1/2 c Worcestershirer sauce
1/4 cup tequila (optional)
2-3 limes (juiced)
Fajita, Northwoods, Lemon/Pepper, and Bavarian
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Flank steak is a relatively tough cut of beef, however, a good marinade 
and cutting the steak properly will give you a succulent piece of meat.  

Mix Worcestershirer, tequila, lime juice and seasonings in a large Ziplock
add flank steak and let sit on counter for an hour.  When ready, grill meat over medium to high heat about 4-5 minutes each side.  Cover with foil and let sit on a grooved cutting board for about 4 minutes...the steak will continue cooking.  Now here is the tricky part, position meat so it is horizontal on the board.  With a v-sharp knife, slice meat at an angle across the grain in thin strips.  Cover with foil on board until the rest is prepared.

The Sides
3-4 red peppers (remove seeds and cut in strips)
1 large onion (cut in 1/4 inch rounds)
2 Tbs butter or margarine

Melt butter or margarine in a skillet 
(I prefer a well seasoned cast iron skillet),
 add peppers and onions and cook over medium heat until 
onions and peppers are caramelized. 
Remove from heat and set aside.
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1 can of refried beans
1 c Velveeta cheese (cubed)

Place beans in a sauce pan with Velveeta, 
cook over medium heat until cheese is melted
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Box of your favorite Spanish rice 
(Old El Paso is pretty good)

The Condiments
White or wheat flour tortilla's (I use the large size)
Home made* or store bought Salsa
Shredded Lettuce
1-2 bags of Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour Cream

*3-4 tomatoes chopped (retain juices)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1/2 cup Fresh Parsley (finely chopped)
1/2 c Fresh Cilantro (finely chopped)-optional
1-2 limes (juiced)
1 Tbs Olive oil

Place above ingredients in a bowl, 
mix together and set aside.

The Bar
To set the fajita bar place items on a 
table or bar in this order...

Plates/utensils

Flour Tortilla's...fill with the following...

Refried Beans (spread on the tortilla)
Flank Steak
Red peppers and Onions
Shredded Lettuce
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream and Salsa
Spanish Rice

Add a pitcher of margarita's (check out the yummy recipe on Noble Pig
and I'm just sayin'...Ole'




4 comments:

Asthmagirl said...

This marinade sounds excellent! I was going to make pasta tonight, but I'm thinking I may have to go with soft tacos! You've got me in the mood... Ole!

TSannie said...

I can vouch first hand - and over many many dinners that these are delicious!

I'll be over around 6-ish!

xoabb

Mental P Mama said...

Muy bien! Annie, will you swing by and get me?

TSannie said...

Add hot sauce to any and all!