Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Viva la Celebration!

image from The Party Dress

Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos! This is surely one of my favorite food holidays even if most Americans have no idea why anyone is even celebrating. I'm not going to pretend like I'm super cultured and clued in to the real deal behind Cinco de Mayo either, because I am really just into margaritas and Mexican food. Sadly I don't have any Mexican friends to invite me over for authentic feasts, so I have to turn to my pretend friend, Rick Bayless. We'll be having my version of Rick's Poblano Steak Tips and Topolo Margaritas tonight, but here's what I would make if we had any local friends to invite to a big partay. One day soon, people, one day soon.

E's Arrachera:
(E became obsessed with Arrachera back when he was making sort of frequent business trips to Guadelajara. After his first few attempts to recreate it at home with horrifyingly salty results, we came up with this version. He says it is very close to the original marinade, and flank or skirt steak is about the closest you can find in the States)

1 1/2 lb. flank or skirt steak
1 large onion, sliced very thin
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. each salt and celery salt
2 tsp. each  black pepper, paprika, and  minced garlic
2 Tbls. dijon mustard
1 Tbls. each honey and oil

Whisk all ingredients together and pour into a large ziplock bag or shallow baking dish. Add onion and steak, turn to coat, and marinate overnight.
Cook under broiler or on a preheated grill for 4 minutes per side. Allow meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve over rice and beans or as a salad with mixed greens, grilled peppers, onion and avocado.

I'd also make a huge batch of my favorite guacamole, a pitcher of margaritas, and, of course, I'd serve Tres Leches Cake for dessert. I don't know how Rhee Drummond makes everything look so amazing! I haven't tried her recipe, but it sounds awesome.

image from The Pioneer Woman


Pierce said...

All of it - awesome! I love love love margaritas. Never mind the "holiday"...

Mary said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. I had planned only to say hello but was charmed by your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I had intended. I love your food and will be back as often as I can to see what you've been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary