I understand that it’s Saturday, but it’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, so I thought I’d blog about the meal I’m preparing tomorrow. My wife and I just had a new neighbor move in the house next door. In the spirit of being neighborly we invited him (and our other neighbors on the other side) to dinner tomorrow.
I am feeling pretty lazy, so I thought I’d go with something easy and hit with everyone. Tacos. Of course, it started as a simple idea, but as I researched it, I realized the meal was a little more complex than I planned. First order of business was deciding what type of tacos to make. After careful deliberation I decided to go with carne asada and fish tacos.
I did a lot of research on carne asada, and marinade recipes for it vary widely. Furthermore, I wasn’t crazy about the carne asada recipes that were on my usual recipe reference sites (Epicurious, Food & Wine, and Saveur), so I just researched a ton of recipes, but my marinade basically came out to be:
- olive oil
- lime juice
- lemon juice
- orange juice
- ancho chile powder
- new mexico chile powder
- white wine vinegar
- salt/pepper to taste
Obviously I have not included any measurements, I mean hey it’s just a marinade. I just juiced on the citrus, sliced the onion and chopped the herbs and mixed it all up. I’m using some real beautiful flank steak my wife picked up from Costco ($8 per lb!)
Can’t wait to grill it tomorrow. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the fish. I’ve got a gorgeous 2lb corvina filet. I’m thinking just a little olive oil, citrus, and maybe some chile powder and cilantro, then a simple grill and flake.
This morning I also prepared the salsas for tomorrow. I am doing a variation of this recipe from Saveur. I added a little bit of citrus, cilantro, honey (chiles are a little bitter), and green onion. For a second salsa, I made an avocado salsa with one big Florida avocado, garlic, onion, cilantro, chives, lime juice, and water and pureed that until it was pretty loose (maybe 1.5 cups of water). I figured it would be a nice accompaniment to the smokey, spicy salsa. It would also go great with the fish tacos.