In honor of Labor Day, (aka BBQ Nation Day) I will take some of my recipes out of the vault and share them with you. Because I love you all so much and want you to eat delicious things.
First up: Mexican Hot Chocolate Carne Asada
It looks and tastes like something that a Targaryen would eat (Holla at my Mutha of Dragons!)
This goes really well with home made tortillas and guacamole. Or home made fire (breathing) roasted salsa.
1 package, family sized, of skirt steak or flap steak
1/3 cup oil (I use Canola)
Small can chipotle peppers, 3-4 peppers, depending on how hot you want it
2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 tsp cinnamon
fresh ground pepper to taste
Set meat aside, combine remaining ingredients in a food processor. Mix until smooth.
*Cut meat into small pieces (quarter sized) if cooking in a pan. If grilling, let it be. Or if you find yourself in times of trouble . . . you get the picture.
Place meat in large ziploc bag, coat thoroughly with sauce, let sit for 20-30 minutes. Can sit for longer if needed.
Cook in pan, on grill, in a box with a fox, on a train, in the rain, to your liking. Slap it on some tortillas, devour immediately.
Britt’s Fire Roasted Salsa
This is super easy to make, I mean painfully easy. Cheap too and you’ll look like a champ if you show up to something with it. Can work on grill or with a broiler. You will also need a blender and a paper bag.
* To change it to Guacamole, substitute 3 tomatoes to large avocados. Split ‘cados in half and grill. Mash avocados after grill time and mix remaining blend into the mash.
4 large tomatoes
1 large green bell pepper
* 2 for mild 3-4 for hot. If you really don’t want hot at all, cut open and rid it of any seeds. Then scrub your hands like a mofo. Get under the nails with soap and brush. I don’t know how many times I have forgotten this and then my contacts laden eyes have suffered for it.
* If you want it extra hot, throw in a serrano pepper
1 onion, cut into 4ths and taken apart
1 bunch cilantro, leaves stripped
Salt, to your taste
Put all ingredients except the cilantro on grill tray or on a tray in your broiler. Let sit, turning occasionally. Allow to char. Tomatoes will char, split, break.
Remove from heat, grill or oven.
Place peppers in paper bag 10-15 minutes, to “sweat”
Place all ingredients in blender: Peppers first, onions second, tomatoes third and cilantro on top. Blend slow, just a few seconds burst at a time. Salsa will be reddish brown in color.
Eat and enjoy.
Tastes better than fish sticks and custard, promise.