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It doesn't have to be Cinco de Mayo to try:Steak TAcos with Guacomole
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Posted to Thread #18199 at 6:16 am on May 9, 2010
I didn't live on the West Coast as a kid, but I grew up on Mexican food because my uncle, who was a coach in New Mexico, made us tacos and tamales and tortillas every summer when he came to visit. When I became a chef, I started reading about the more serious side of the cuisine. Then the great Patricia Quintana, called the "Julia Child of Mexico," came to the Plaza in New York, where I was working, to collaborate on a menu with us. I toured Mexico with her, wandering from Oaxaca to Veracruz, just absorbing everything: the chaos in the markets, the shapes and colors of ingredients, the restaurants. But my favorite thing was the taco stands. Perfect simplicity. That's what attracted me.
Don't let the long list of ingredients below throw you -- this is simple street food, and there's very little actual "cooking" involved. Ask your butcher for organic skirt steak (a long, flat part of the chest muscle); it doesn't have any hormones, it marinates beautifully, it's more flavorful, and it holds up to the other ingredients in the taco. The flat, oblong Napa cabbage is milder and crispier than the regular round variety, which adds a fresh crunch to balance the highly seasoned meat. Eat these things with your hands and some icy-cold Coronas served with limes. --Kerry Simon
3 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut against the grain into strips (a little smaller than your little finger)
20 flour tortillas (4 inch)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 large head Napa cabbage (also called Chinese), cleaned, cut into thin strips, and tossed with the juice of 2 limes
For spice mix:
2 tsp chipotle chile powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin
3 tsp kosher or coarse salt
1 jalapeño pepper
1 red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 plum tomatoes
2 oz canola oil
1 tsp kosher or coarse salt
1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
3 fresh limes, juiced
6 ripe Haas avocados, halved, pits removed, flesh scooped out and placed in large bowl with the juice of 4 limes
4 plum tomatoes, small diced (about 2 cups)
1 red onion, minced, about 1 cup
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tsp kosher or coarse salt
For lime crema:
2 cups sour cream
2 fresh limes
Tip: The salsa, crema, and guacamole can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead of time, wrapped tightly, and refrigerated. When wrapping the guacamole, place a layer of plastic film directly on the surface (and/or keep avocado pits in the bowl) to avoid discoloration from oxidation.
To make tacos: Combine spice-mixture ingredients and toss with steak to coat. Set aside. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Warm tortillas on cookie sheet in oven. Heat two large sauté pans to medium-high. When pans are hot, add oil to each pan followed by 1/2 the seasoned meat. Spread meat out evenly and cook without turning while you lay out warm tortillas on a clean work area to get ready for assembly. Cook meat for approximately 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to achieve even coloring. After 3 minutes, turn off heat and allow meat to sit in the pan, becoming just cool enough for you to handle.
To make salsa: Rub jalapeño, onion, and tomatoes lightly with oil and roast in large sauté pan on medium-high, turning frequently until lightly charred all over. Set aside to cool. When cooled, roughly chop and place in a food processor with salt, pulsing until almost smooth but still just a little chunky. Transfer to bowl, add cilantro and lime juice, cover, and refrigerate. (For a milder salsa, use only half the jalapeño.)
To make guacamole: Lightly crush avocados with fork until almost smooth but still a little chunky. Evenly mix in tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and salt; cover and refrigerate.
Tip: To halve an avocado, insert the tip of a knife along the side until you hit the pit. Cut around the avocado lengthwise, slicing all the way around. Then twist the two halves in opposite directions and the avocado will open perfectly. Scoop out the pit and the flesh with a spoon.
To make lime crema: Whisk 2 cups sour cream together with the juice of 2 fresh limes.
To serve: Spread 1/2 tbsp guacamole on each warmed tortilla, followed by a large pinch of cabbage. Distribute meat evenly and fold tortillas up end to end. Serve immediately on a large platter with the salsa, crema, guacamole, and a bag of your favorite tortilla chips.
Kerry Simon is chef and owner of Simon Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas and Simon LA in Los Angeles.
Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/guy-food/steak-tacos-recipe-ll-0307#ixzz0nPSOPcAY
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