Skirt Steak Fajitas
There is a great deal of fun to be had in an “assembly required” dinner for friends or family. It is not surprising that my fantastically fun friend of more than 30 years wrote into the weekendtable.com blog to request an “assembly required” recipe to prepare as a dinner for an upcoming vacation with her family. What is more fun than skirt steak fajitas! This recipe actually is a smorgasbord of several previously published weekend table recipes combined in one tortilla. I hope this fits the bill.
But let me digress for a second. I’ve had a big week. I put my daughter on the bus to kindergarten on Tuesday. She didn’t cry (just happily waved goodbye) and neither did I (at that moment). But it reminded me of how decades ago I was a little girl like her riding the bus with my best bud, Gretchen.
If Sophie is lucky, she’ll meet a friend like Gretchen. Gretchen and I rode the bus together every morning of first grade, the first seat on the left right behind our bus driver, Mr. Finney. We’d arrive early to the playground and our imaginations would take flight with an assortment of make-believe games. Gretchen is the one who told me in first grade that if I wore matching socks it meant I was married. Prompted, of course, by my snide comment to her that she was not wearing matching socks. I eventually learned that this was a farce, but I believed her in that moment because she said it with such authority. And I quickly understood that she was not going to take any snide comments from me! We forged a friendship more than 30 years ago and even though we haven’t lived in the same state for many, many years, we still are very good friends.
My daughter, Sophie came home from Kindergarten on Tuesday, having met her first kindergarten friend, Beatrice. Given that this is the name of two of her great grandmothers (both still living!), I have to believe that Sophie and Beatrice will be friends for a good long time. Or at least I hope so.
Now back to these fajitas. I started writing this blog on Tuesday and decided that it sounded so fun that I threw a fajita party on Friday night myself for a few friends. We started with a selection of flour or corn tortillas, added some grilled skirt steak and peppers and onions. Guests were allowed to choose from a variety of fixings that included Rockin Guac!, Tomato Salsa, Black Bean and Corn Salad, creme fraiche and mexican queso. I personally went for a combination of steak, peppers, tomato salsa, rockin guac and creme fraiche and served myself some black bean and corn salad on the side. I also served a simple romaine salad with a mustard vinaigrette. Others decided to combine the steak with the black bean and corn salad right into the fajita with a little mexican queso. The combinations are endless and that was part of the fun.
A few things I learned. Make sure to heat the corn tortillas really good so they are soft and double up on them. Otherwise, you will end up with crumbly mess on your plate like I and one other guest did (Sorry Seamus!). I’d also slice the skirt steak as thin as possible so you don’t find yourself looking like a scruffy little dog with a piece of meat hanging out of your mouth. I’d definitely take the time to make the cilantro garlic sauce as an additional accompaniment. I ran out of time on Friday. Finally, I’d make the buffet closer to the table. We served ourselves inside and ate outside and guests were less compelled to go in for seconds. Overall, with the exception of the crumbling corn fajitas, my guests gave this ensemble a thumb’s up. Try them and let me know if you agree or how I can improve on this!
- 2 red beller peppers, cut in long strips
- 1 red onion, cut in long strips
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 10-12 flour tortillas or 20-24 corn tortillas
- 2½ lbs skirt steak
- Rockin Guac
- Tomato Salsa
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Mexican Queso
- Creme Fraiche
- Stir fry the onions and peppers in a pan on medium high heat until onions become translucent and peppers soften. Transfer to serving dish.
- Heat oven to 250 degrees and warm tortillas. Serve warmed flour or corn tortillas with grilled skirt steak.
- Let guests assemble their own fajitas, choosing from rockin guac, tomato salsa, black bean and corn salad, mexican queso and creme fraiche.