I am not a food blogger, and you will probably recognize that as you read through my attempt to make this sound like I know what I’m doing, but I’ll give it a try! I do however really love to cook. I’m not professional and I most definitely am not a great baker, but I can hold my own and I have had a lot of practice over the past three and a half years since becoming a stay at home mum.
I love eating out. Always have, always will, but for the most part, I am in my kitchen three meals a day, feeding somebody. For those of you who know what this means, and what it is like, you just said “mmmhhhmmm”, or at least thought it to yourself.
Yes, some meals are super easy, peanut butter sandwiches or cereal, but it’s still figuring out a meal nonetheless. I have no amazing solutions or ‘never before seen tricks’ to tell you about, but I know what works for me and I stick with it.
Like most people, I have a good repertoire of basic family favorites that I rotate through and I also do a lot of freezer cooking to keep life simple. Although there’s only three of us, I tend to cook some meals for about 10-12 (I’m not joking) because certain meals freeze great, and are handy for lunches when pre-portioned. Oh, and I am also German. Which means we like to make large quantities of food, and feed people a lot of food. Good rib-stickin’ European food. And be careful not to totally clean your plate too quickly, because we take this as a sign you must be hungry and need more, and we will just give it to you without you wanting or needing it.
One thing I have tried to do, more as a challenge to myself, is one night a week I cook something totally new, that I’ve never made before. Last week, I did just that, but I ended up making it up as I went and I felt like a superhero. It’s probably obvious to you now that I don’t make up my own stuff very often! I’m more of a ‘follow a recipe and try to make it my own’ type o’ gal.
But here’s what I made, and although it’s not an original idea, the recipe is mine, and I really liked it! If you like Mexican street tacos and/or pizza, then this one’s for you!
In my last post, I mentioned how much I love Jo Cismaru from the website Jo Cooks. I really like the pizza dough recipe she has as well and it’s my go-to. It’s basic, simple and once again, fool proof. It’s turned out every time. I will post the direct link to the recipe right here Jo Cooks Pizza Dough
I follow the recipe, and for the three of us, I always split the dough in half. One half I freeze, the other half I put in the fridge, covered, for a few hours. Typically I make this early in the day and let it rise slowly before I need it.
You’ll want a nice thin cut carne asada steak for your meat. Typically it’s labelled like that in your butcher section, but any thin steak will work! I have Rob BBQ it for me whenever I make it. It tastes so much better! But cook it how you like it and then I chopped it up in small pieces, maybe ½ inch square.
Cheese! Obviously we’re putting some cheese on, but I went light with it and used a good mozzarella as well as an authentic queso fresco. The melty mozza and crumbly queso make sweet magic together.
Not everyone has used a queso fresco, so here’s the kind I used – just so you know what you’re looking for!
I had some mild jalapenos as well, so I finely diced those, chopped up some cilantro, as well as a lime.
Last ingredient, and a staple in our house, is refried beans. Which I did not remember to photograph! (Forgive me, it’s my first time). I make mine from scratch, and always have it on hand. If not fresh, I freeze my cooked beans in smaller containers so it’s always ready to thaw and be refried in no time flat! But totally use the canned kind if that’s what you have – never be ashamed to use a can! (Everyone does it, but not everyone admits it!) You may want to add a little water or chicken stock to it so it thins out and spreads nicely. (If you do this, I would recommend putting it in a pan and warming it as you mix it and thin it out, so it incorporates nicely). We’re using it for our “pizza sauce” baby!
Now that you have my long winded grocery list, here’s what I did:
I roll out my pizza dough and fit it into a baking sheet. I can never get my dough all perfect and round, so I compensate by making a rectangle, and pretend that’s how I actually want to do it.
Then I spread on my refried beans just like a pizza sauce. I again forgot to photograph this step….ahhh, the elusive bean pictures you will never get to see!
Then I added the steak
The jalapenos and both cheeses.
I put this beauty into a preheated 425 degree oven. I baked it for exactly 23 minutes. This is how it should look – so keep an eye on yours and check earlier to be safe.
Then I added the cilantro. I know a lot of people don’t like cilantro, but I’m telling you, it’s makes this pizza everything that it’s supposed to be. Without it, well, I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to even try it. (It probably would be fine, but not in my world).
Lastly, take those limes and squeeze it on top just before you eat it. It might sound weird, but not if you know what a really good Mexican street taco tastes like. You need the bite from the lime.
We eat a lot of Mexican dishes at home, and this one is now added to the list. It’s was fantastic. Rob is half Mexican, so he’s a fair judge. I’m glad I passed.
– The Homesteaders Wife