I can be a real butthead sometimes so to even up the score I like to do an “Evan Appreciation Dinner”. On the menu: tacos.
In order to really impress him, it has to be all from scratch, include pork and a very spicy salsa. I started with a pork roast, heavily rubbed with salt and pepper, chili flakes, chili powder, paprika, and dried sage. In a large pot brown the pork roast on all sides and add some Worcestershire sauce and one can of tomatoes. Cover and cook on medium-low for about 2 ½ – 3 hours, turning the pork about every 30 minutes. When the pork is tender enough to pull away with a fork then it’s done. Using a fork shred the pork and leave it in the pot with all the liquid.
While the pork is cooking, I put together a spicy salsa, a zesty sour cream and made the tortilla dough.
1 large tomato
½ red onion
1 clove garlic
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper
Dice everything and put into a bowl. Add lime zest and juice and S&P. Cover with plastic wrap and let set in the fridge. It’s best if you let it set for at least 2 hours so the flavours can mingle.
Fancy Sour Cream
1 cup of sour cream
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Mix and cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until taco time.
I met a girl from Texas when I was traveling in Uruguay and she showed me this recipe. It was so easy I made it for other travelers while in Brazil and took the recipe home. You can make it a little bit different by adding spices or herbs to the dough.
|The best cast iron pans are the ones that gramma used to use.|
Easy Flour Tortillas
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
¾ cup warm water
Put the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in another. Add the oil/water mixture one tablespoon at a time to the flour and mix the dough with a fork. The dough will be sticky. Knead the dough on a well-floured surface until you get a smooth texture. Roll out with a rolling pin to about ¼ of an inch. Cook for about one minute on each side in a dry non-stick pan. Bust out that cast iron frying pan if you have one, this works really well on them. Keep them warm in tin foil until taco time!
|Gotta have milk with super spicy salsa on the table.|
Layer all ingredients on the tacos: lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and pork. Once you go home made tortillas you never go back! They’re fun to make too with kids.
|There’s nothing like the look I get from Evan when dinner is this good.|
No matter how much of a butt head you are, make these and all will be well. I think they can taste the love when you make dinner from scratch with them in mind.