Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day - Fajitas

Maybe not the most traditional Valentine's Day fare, but there is something romantic about the sound of fajitas sizzling as they are brought to your table in a cast iron skillet with a mariachi band in the background. I aim to recreate that feeling at home tonight. Maybe I need to figure out how to flambé without burning anything unintended so we can really have the ambiance :)

For the Marinade:
juice of 1 lime
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
handful cilantro, chopped
1 Tbs EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
1 Tbs tequila (optional but oh-so-good!)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp sea salt
several turns of the pepper mill
dash Worcestershire sauce

In a medium bowl, pour marinade over 1 lb sliced beef. Mix well with clean hands. Cover and refrigerate at about 2 hours. I put this together after the girls went down for naps and will let it marinate until dinnertime.

For the Fajitas:
1 lb marinated beef, brought to room temp
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red or white onion, sliced thickly
oil for sautéing at high heat (coconut oil or grapeseed oil are my preference)

sour cream
avocado slices or homemade guacamole*

Heat a large cast iron skillet (preferably well seasoned). When hot, add oil and heat a few seconds, just until oil almost smokes. Add onion and sauté until almost tender. Add bell pepper strips and sauté about 2 minutes. Add drained beef and sauté to desired doneness. Serve in warm tortillas, if desired, with toppings of choice.

*Homemade guac is super easy but you have to have a super ripe avocado. Slice open the avocado, remove pit, scrape flesh into small bowl. Add a handful of minced red onion, a few minced garlic cloves, juice from half a lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Mash with fork. Taste for seasoning. Stir in handful of diced fresh tomatoes if desired. Enjoy!

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