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Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito

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Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito - In Hand

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Moving to California (5 years ago! holy cow!) taught me many things, one of which was definitely how to appreciate real Carne Asada. I’ll never be on par with the local taco shops (best in the world), but I won’t settle for the imitation stuff put forth by two-bit-taco impostors. One morning I couldn’t sleep after the sun was shining, so I got up and started cooking. Fortunately, I had started the marinade the night before thinking I’d cook it for lunch but it was too tempting to pass up for a nice breakfast. ESC was surprised when she groggily said “g’morngnhgwhatreyoucookin?” and I replied “Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos!” full of pep and excitement. She perked right up when I handed her a mug full of some delicious Tiger Spiced Chai by David Rio. Shortly thereafter we were gobbling down this morning kickstart, wondering what to do for the day!

Marinading the steak is actually really simple. Just combine all marinade ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Place the steaks in a gallon ziplock baggy and pour the marinade over and zip it up. Squish around the marinade into the steaks to make sure they get covered well, then lay flat in the fridge for anywhere between 1 and 8 hours (it’s ok to do overnight too), flipping halfway through to give the marinade a shot at both sides. If you’ve got a grill, preheat to medium to medium-high and toss the steaks on. I however, don’t have a grill so I patted the steaks with a paper towel to remove some of the excess oil and placed it into a pre-heated skillet over medium heat. Sear for two minutes on the first side, then flip to let it cook all the way through ~5 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat and let it stand for a few minutes before slicing and dicing into thin bitesized chunks. While the steak is cooking, cook the scrambled eggs and sautee the peppers & onions.

Once everything is finished, simply add the desired amount of Carne (lots), Guac (lots), peppers & onions (some), eggs (some) and cheese (some) to a warmed tortilla. If you’re feeling especially fibrous, add a spoonful of black beans and a pinch of cilantro. Yum!

Morningtime cooking is fun!

Ingredients:
Carne Asada Marinade
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 pinch Crushed Red Pepper
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white vinegar

Burritos
2 Large Flour Tortillas
3 Eggs, scrambled
1 Lump Shredded Cheese
1 Pouch Guacamole (or fresh made)
1 Green Pepper, diced
1/4 Yellow onion, diced

Marinade makes enough to marinate a 2 lb piece of steak. Makes 4-6 burritos, or other Carne Asada things. 4$/burrito. 15 minutes cooking, 1-8 hours marinading. Not healthy at all.

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Written by Brent

May 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Steak Fajitas and Quinoa

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Ahoy readers who love good food! Having found a great deal on some nice ribeye steaks last week that I tossed in the freezer, the initial idea was to do a Stir Fry, but we didn’t really have enough veggies or any hoisin sauce to make it worthwhile (so be on the lookout for a Stir Fry post soon!). So instead, ESC and I decided on Steak Fajitas with Quinoa. This was a very good choice and was wonderful. My initial marinade was too oily and I didn’t wipe off enough oil before cooking, so everything was a little slimy. It’s way easier to wipe off before cooking because you can always add more spices during cooking. I’ve also changed the proportions to what I think would work better. In the ramekin is some leftover Sausage Mac & Cheese from Stone Brewery reheated in the oven.

Steak Fajitas

Watch out for Spidey

Our friend Andy also introduced me to an Anti-Griddle the other night… this thing was crazy and has inspired us to make some crazy things. We had the dry-ice version and not the 900$ one. Perhaps there will be some experimentation with more flavorful foods this weekend if anyone wants to be our guinea pigs!

Combine all marinade ingredients and spread over a 8-12oz steak. The better cut of meat, the better the fajitas. Let it marinate for 45-60 minutes at room temperature or longer in the fridge. Wipe off some of the marinade before putting it in a hot skillet. Start the quinoa before starting the steak, it’s easier to keep warm than make it hurry up. Cook about 3 minutes to sear the first side then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Flip once more and cover to keep some of the heat in for 3 minutes. Place steak on a cutting board to cool a bit before cutting. Put Onions and Bell Peppers into the pan and cook until translucent. Wash & drain the black beans and shred cheese & lettuce. Heat some tortillas and make a wonderful homemade Steak Fajita! Top with your favorite spicy sauce if you so desire. 🙂

Steak Fajitas Cooking

Just a tad bit too much oil in the pan


Ingredients:
Marinade
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tbsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Pepper
3 dashes Smoked Chipotle Tabasco
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp Cilantro diced

Fajitas
1/2 small Onion Chopped
2 Bell Peppers
1 12oz can black beans
1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
Shredded Cheese & Lettuce to top

Makes ~4 large Fajitas. 1.5 hours total, 30 minutes active cooking. High in taste, fiber, protein and maybe a little fatty depending on the cut of meat.

Written by Brent

April 4, 2011 at 8:10 am