Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fajita Potatoes-Breaking the Dinnertime Rut

I'm sure this NEVER happens to any of you, but I tend to get stuck making the same thing for dinner all the time. So, today I decided to mix it up a little, thus Fajita Potatoes were born. : ) This ONE DISH dinner is hearty enough for a chilly day but fresh enough to give your taste buds the thrill of spring that I'm sure you are all dying for right about now.

Take your beef (I recommend flank steak but any inexpensive cut of beef is great) and season it up with salt and pepper. Now break out your cast iron skillet or cast iron grill pan! If you don't have one, no worries, just any old skillet will do. Brown the beef on both sides, then plop it on the cutting board and allow the juices to soak in for about 10 minutes. Now slice it up real nice and thin so it's tender and chunk it back into the skillet. Saute the beef until it is browned. Slice up a bell pepper and an onion into thin strips and add them into the pan with the beef. Salt and pepper to make it taste yummy.

Some tips on baked potatoes (as used by the famously awesome potato bakers at Outback):

After potatoes are washed and dried, rub them down with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and about 1/2 tsp. salt per potato. Wrap 'em up in aluminum foil and bake for about an hour and a half until they are nice and tender.

I LOVE potatoes and could so eat some version of them at every meal!

I also whipped up a little salsa to go on top. Dice a tomato into small pieces and add a little bit of onion (as much as you like, or leave it out if you want). I zested a lime into the salsa and added the juice of the lime. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt, but not too much because lime hits your taste buds the same way as salt does and you don't want it to be too salty.

If you have a cast iron skillet or are in the market for one (which you really should invest in because they are the BOMB!) here are some tips for geting them to perform at their greatest potential.

Once the potatoes are done, slice down the middle to open them up and top with the fajita mixture, salsa, sour cream and cheese. Can I get a WHOOP for one pan dinners?!?

Love to you all!

P.S.: Does anyone else have to wait until they are home alone to take their foodie pics??? I get made fun of like crazy for whipping out my camera in the kitchen. Just wondering...

P.S.S.: Sorry, this was never intended to be a recipe blog, but when time gets short (school gets demaning) sometimes dinner is the "craftiest" thing I have time for.


Damaris said...

OMG!!!! THAT LOOKS DEVINE! So hungry right now...yummo!