Saturday, March 6, 2010

Carne Asada

Boy, it seems I can only get around to posting on weekends. I am absorbed in work that I am really happy to be doing. I have a day job that is nice. The people are nice, it is low stress, but I also have another job that has exciting possibilities and people to work with who energize me and really value me. So when I find myself at my computer at 5:00 am I gravitate towards that work. Plus, no one has really annoyed me with their cooking or lame comments on food lately.

Today is Dear Hubby's birthday. He is now old enough to get a senior discount at the movies. I asked him what he wanted for dinner and he requested a Mexican Fiesta. We think it might be warm enough to fire up the grill today (40 degrees is my minimum grill temperature. I find that if you try to grill when the ambient temp is lower than that the grill doesn't get hot enough to sear the meat.) so I will make Carne Asada. Last night I mixed the marinade and put in four nice skirt steaks to soak overnight. Here in the great north we can't get the fabulous Carne Milanesa steak that we always had in California. I'm not sure what cut they used, but it was so thinly sliced that after it was marinated you only had to grill it for about thirty seconds per side. Then you would quickly slice it and wrap it in a nice warm tortilla with some salsa and guacamole, squeeze a lime over it and you were in heaven. Mexican food is just not the same here in New York. Sad.

My sister, of The Joy of Gluten Free, has a great recipe for Carne Asada marinade. Here it is.

1 C orange juice
1 C beer
1/2 C olive oil
1 sliced onion
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 C chopped cilantro
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 bay  leaves
salt and pepper

Mix it all together and throw in the meat. As I said, I now use skirt steak. Just try to use something thin and tender. Grill it quickly so that you don't dry out the meat (Oh, perfect opportunity to take a jab at my BFF Prissie. She overcooks all meat. She hates meat, so she feels she has to ruin it for everyone else.) and serve it with warm flour tortillas, salsa, and guacamole. Yum! Happy Birthday, Honey!


Deb said...

Happy birthday to Steve!

Margaret said...

June, This is too coincidental. My husband's birthday was March 2. born 1955 - does that mean he also gets a discount at the movies? I didn't check. We had Yellow Rice and Chicken and flan for his birthday. Happy birthday everyone!

The Mendon Foodie said...

Yes, Virgil was born the same year as Steve, so he should start qualifying for MANY senior discounts! This is a funny coincidence, isn't it? Especially considering how close OUR birthdays are. I think you should make a time to go to the movies with him just to surprise him with the senior discount.

Joy said...

Yummy stuff!! Of course I use gluten free beer and corn tortillas, then its a meal for anyone gluten free! I think I will make this at the end of week...FIRE UP the GRILL WOOT WOOT