Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Fajitas

Well you know it is Sunday and that usually means I cooked something involving meat!

Sunday Fajitas
I wanted to try out some fajitas and see if I could make some better than the ones at Applebees. Let's see how it went!

I bought some thin sliced chicken breasts and some skirt steak. I used a meat tenderizer hammer on the beef and this makes a HUGE difference to the skirt steak. You have to hammer that stuff thin! I used Stubbs marinade for both, and that stuff is really good:

I cooked the meats at 450 degrees; 12 minutes for the chicken and 16 for the beef. The foil packs hold the onions and peppers but they only need five minutes so I put them on at the end:

Some fajita rolls and 4 cheese Mexican mix round out the show. It is make your own this meal I don't do particular requests:

So how did it go? I think mine were better than the ones I usually get at Applebees, but I may be biased!

The Keg can do it all and even I can't seem to screw it up.

Is it really Monday tomorrow? Really?

Have a good night.


zydecopaws said...

Looks pretty good, and I would hope anything homemade fajitas would be better than a non-Mexican chain restaurant could make. I usually mix my meat back in with the onions and peppers at the end of the cook to blend the flavors, but there is certainly nothing wrong with doing them this way.

getyourselfconnected said...

Hey Zydecopaws!

I found my cast iron skillet abut an hour ago in a box in the garage and mixing it all back together would have gone well on that thing!

I was just bragging about beating that chain, I am so humble after all!

Thanks so much for swinging by!

insanity shelter said...

Where's the carp?

sedintary state said...

Oh, and talking about criminal activity at the big banks, this from TAE. I'm sure ya'll saw it already, but just to highlight.

>Twenty million people in the U.S. regularly use illegal drugs, spurring street crime and wrecking families. Narcotics cost the U.S. economy $215 billion a year -- enough to cover health care for 30.9 million Americans -- in overburdened courts, prisons and hospitals and lost productivity, the department says.

"It’s the banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy," says Martin Woods, director of Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London from 2006 to 2009. Woods says he quit the bank in disgust after executives ignored his documentation that drug dealers were funneling money through Wachovia’s branch network.

"If you don’t see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico, you’re missing the point," Woods says.

Dave in Denver said...

Stubb's BBQ sauce!!! I'm glad I didn't see those pics until after I ate dinner.

Finally had steak and halibut on my buddy's green egg grill. I'm going to get one for my apt balcony.

getyourselfconnected said...

I scored a big ZERO on the carp! I had 4 good runs but no hook ups! What can you do?

Ugh. Makes you sick dont it?

a big green egg for a balcony may be pushing the weight limits!

GawainsGhost said...

Hmmm, those look pretty damn good, GYC.

By the way, did you know the fajita was invented about 20 miles from here? Yep, by a butcher named Smith at a meat market in Pharr, Texas. 1972, back then all the meat markets would just throw away the skirt steak. But Smith thought, I'm not throwing away that meat, it's good meat. So he started selling it, called it fajitas. He was the first one.

I'll never forget the day my father brought home this huge slab of meat. What's that? It's a fajita, son.

Today they're sold all over the world.

Also, my first job as a teen was at Wendy's. I was on the opening staff of the first franchise down here. I actually met Big Dave! The manager had to get special permission from him to sell jalepenos, because they weren't on the Wendy's menu. But he convinced Dave that people down here would buy them to go with their burgers.

That was the first fast food franchise to offer jalepenos as a side. Today everyone does.

You'd be surprised how many things that are common today originated in the Rio Grande Valley. The ruby red grapefruit was first grown down here in Mission, for example. Yep, it was this farmer who was experimenting with hybrids, and in one orchard he came across one tree that had ruby red grapefruit. It was an accident really, or dumb luck, but soon he was growing whole orchards and shipping grapefruit all over the world. He used to send a crate to the White House every month in the 1980s.

What most people think of as Mexican food isn't really "Mexican" food, it's Tex-Mex. Or actually Norteno, as it's properly called. It comes from this area and is a combination of Northern Mexico and Southern Texas cuisine. The tortilla, the enchilada, the crispy taco, carne guisada, refried beans, Spanish rice, the chalupa, the tamale, the fajita, all come from here.

As we say, Taco Bell is a phone company in Mexico. But the food, that's Southern Texas.