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How to Make Fajitas

[ 0 ] March 14, 2009

How to Make Fajitas

A fajita is a common term used in Tex-Mex cooking to describe grilled meat served with a variety of fixings like: sautéed onions, bell pepper, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole, sliced jalapeno peppers, black olives, shredded lettuce and any other of your favorite toppings.

Many times we’ve had Grilled Chicken Fajitas; however, this night we had a Grilled Pork Tenderloin.  We sliced it thin and tossed around in the sautéed onions and peppers.   They were so tasty and a bit different than your typical restaurant fajitas. So let’s see how to make fajitas

What You Need to Make Fajitas

1 pork tenderloin
1 large sweet onion
1 large red bell pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Prepared guacamole
Salsa or Pico de Gallo
Sour cream
Lime juice
Sliced black olives
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Slices jalapeno peppers
6-10 flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
Salt, Tony’s Creole Seasoning and garlic powder

How to Make Fajitas

Prepare the charcoal grill.

Season the pork tenderloin with sea salt, Tony’s and garlic powder.

Grill the meat for approximately 45 minutes not directly over the heat.

(Have your charcoal on one side of the pit and your meat on the other side.)

For more specifics about grilling meat, please see our Grilling Tips video or How to Grill a Steak video.

Slice onions and bell pepper.

Heat a skillet to medium heat (#6) with melted butter or olive oil.

Saute’ the onions and bell pepper stirring often.  Squeeze or sprinkle on lime juice.

Thinly slice the pork tenderloin.

Heat the flour tortillas according to package directions.  I just heat in a toaster oven on a low toast setting.

Place tortilla on a plate and begin to add all your favorite toppings. Try to keep the fillings to about 1 cup so that it all fits.

Fold one end and then roll like a taco or burrito.  The folded end helps keep the filling from falling out as you eat from the other end.

Serving Suggestions for Fajitas

Serves well with a small salad, black beans or refried beans, and Spanish rice.

Beryl Stokes

Beryl Stokes

Homemade Tartar Sauce

[ 4 ] February 5, 2009

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce is a great addition to any seafood dinner. Goes great with fish, shrimp, oysters, you name it. There’s no need to buy a jar of tartar sauce at the grocery store that’s full of preservatives and other chemicals when it’s so easy to make fresh. Your Cajun cooking education couldn’t be complete without knowing how to make your own Tartar Sauce.

Ingredients for Homemade Tartar Sauce (Serves 2-4):

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon Creole mustard
Dash of each:
Lemon juice
Tony’s Creole Seasoning
Tabasco hot sauce

Mix all ingredients well.

(If expecting a crowd, double or triple the tartar sauce recipe.)

Serving Suggestions for Homemade Tartar Sauce

Best served chilled in small dipping cups.

Tartar sauce is great for dipping most any seafood into (shrimp, fish, you name it).

It’s also a great sandwich spread.

beryl and alex

Beryl and Alexandra

Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

[ 6 ] October 31, 2008

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is a quick and very easy Cajun recipe that can be either an appetizer or main course.  A variety of sauces or glazes can be made for topping and dipping.  For this demonstration we made a honey glaze sauce.  You can experiment with many other combinations such as olive oil and Italian seasoning or butter and Tony’s Creole Seasoning.  Anything you want – give it a try.  And now let’s make Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Fresh Gulf Shrimp

Fresh Gulf Shrimp

12-18 fresh jumbo or large shrimp
Bacon
Lemon juice
Orange juice
1 cup brown sugar
¼ – ½ cup honey
Tony’s Creole Seasoning
Cooking spray
Toothpicks
Non-stick baking sheet

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Turn your oven on Broil and keep the rack in the middle.  Peel the shrimp leaving the tail on.  Carefully slice the top of the shrimp and remove the black vein and discard on a paper towel.

In a small saucepan and on medium-low heat, mix the lemon juice, orange juice, brown sugar and honey.  Simmer on low while the shrimp are prepared and cooked.

Cut bacon sliced into 2-3 inch pieces.  Wrap around the shrimp overlapping and secure with a toothpick.  Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Broil for 4-5 minutes.  Turn the shrimp and broil 4-5 minutes more.  Remove from oven.  With a basting brush, cover each shrimp with the honey glaze.  Broil for another minute.

Serving Suggestions for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp:

Serve 4-6 shrimp per person.  Goes well with potato salad, pasta tossed in olive oil or a rice pilaf.  Don’t forget to sprinkle some Tony’s Creole Seasoning for a bit of spice.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!

Note: Honey Glazed Shrimp can also be cooked in the same manner on the grill.

beryl and alex

Beryl and Alexandra

Shrimp Creole

[ 2 ] October 7, 2008

Shrimp Creole Recipe

shrimp creoleShrimp Creole is another favorite Cajun/Creole dish.  Traditionally, Shrimp Creole is a Creole recipe from New Orleans.  Shrimp Creole only differs slightly from Shrimp Etouffee in that tomato sauce is added to the Roux and great big jumbo Gulf of Mexico shrimp of course. When it comes to recipes for shrimp, this is about as easy a Cajun recipe as you’ll ever find. Let’s get cooking!

 


Fresh Gulf Shrimp

Fresh Gulf Shrimp

Shrimp Creole Ingredients

2 pounds large shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes
1 stick of butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups Cajun Trinity with minced garlic
6-8 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 cup rice
Olive oil
Green onions chopped for garnish
Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
Tabasco sauce to taste

Making the Roux

Making the Roux

How to Make Shrimp Creole

As with all Cajun recipes, you start with a Roux. But, first we need to sauté our Cajun Trinity and garlic.

Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven or 6 quart pot.

On medium heat, sauté the Cajun Trinity until vegetables are wilted and tender.

Pour into a side bowl and set aside.

For the Roux – melt 1 stick of butter on medium heat.

Gradually add ½ cup flour and stir constantly until a light golden color.

cajun trinity ingredients

Cajun Trinity Ingredients

Carefully mix in Cajun Trinity and stir as to not stick or burn.

Add 6-8 cups stock. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add Rotel, tomato sauce, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.

Simmer another 10-15 minutes.

Add shrimp. Cook another 10 minutes.

Make rice according to package directions.
1 cup rice + 2 cups water + 20 minutes = cooked white rice.

Serving Suggestions for Shrimp Creole

Serve Shrimp Creole over mound of rice in a deep plate or bowl. Garnish with chopped green onions. Also, Shrimp Creole is wonderful with crusty French bread for dipping.

Remember cooking from scratch is so easy and very rewarding. Bon Appétit!

beryl and alex

Beryl