I had a half-bottle of raspberry chipoltle marinade that I had used on chicken a couple of weeks ago & it got those loose cogs in my noggin' a rollin'. FAJITAS! They're quick, economical, I had all the ingredients on hand + the kids like them. Even better, they gave me an excuse to delve into something I had been itching to dabble in for a long time - making my own tortillas. I am not sure why I hadn't given it a shot yet, but there is no time like the present, 'eh? So I pulled that flank steak out of the freezer, popped it into the raspberry marinade and set that aside while we ran 85 gadzillion errands.
I took the ball of dough & divided it into 10 pieces. Rolled each piece into a slightly flattened ball and let them rest covered for about 30-40 minutes. From here on, keeping them covered is important to prevent the dough from drying out.
RECIPE FOR HOME MADE TORTILLAS
1 1/3 cups unlbleached AP flour
2/3 cup masa harina
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup + 1 Tbs water
1/2 tsp salt
Mix flour & oil until well mixed. Slowly add water & salt until dough comes together. Briefly knead until smooth dough is achieved. Divide dough into 10 even pieces and roll into balls - slightly flattening. Cover well and set aside for 30-40 minutes. Heat a heavy skillet over med-high flames (no oil). Roll each ball into large flat disk (~8") -- keeping remaining balls covered until ready to use. Dry fry in hot skillet for 45 seconds on each side. Immediately cover, keeping stacked to help preserve heat & moisture while remaining tortillas are cooking. Serve immediately. May be stored tightly wrapped in plastic for 1-2 days.
Below is one of my favorite side dishes. Simple, very economical & can easily be jazzed up with green onion or cilantro for more visual appeal. Plus, beans are a great protein. For some reason the School House Rock song is running through my head now.. "Beans & Rice, Beans & Rice, How Nice..." Click on this link to hear the "Beans & Rice" song. If the song doesn't come up, type "SchoolHouse Rock Beans and Rice" into the seach engine on You-Tube. Deja vu 1980's! I am going to have to dig up some more SchoolHouse Rock songs for future blogs. Oh, the possibilities.
RECIPE FOR BEANS & RICE
1 cup rice (can use "common" white rice or brown)
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs olive oil
1 package Badia Sazon seasoning
1 16 oz can beans -- well drained (chick peas, pinto or black beans work well)
Chopped scallion or finely chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
Heat oil in medium pan. When oil is hot, add garlic -- stirring constantly. Add rice and fry until rice starts to brown (continue to stir constantly). Once rice is starting to brown, add stock & seasoning. Reduce heat & simmer until rice is tender (about 20 minutes - brown rice will take longer). After rice has cooked through. Stir in drained beans - serve warm.
Of course, you can continue to sing the "Beans & Rice" song while enjoying!