Carne Asada Fries

8 Oct

After traveling in SE Asia for a month, the food that mi mascota and I kept dreaming about was greasy Mexican goodness. On the night that we arrived, the boyfriend’s mom was amazing and made us chorizo con huevo burritos. This is EXACTLY what I wanted my first meal to be.

With a little Tapatio, perfection.

The next day, we went back to boyfriend’s mom’s house and my food journey continued with this meal:

This December will mark my four year mark of living in San Diego. For these four years, I have actively avoided and talked trash about this meal to my friends who slurped it up for their hangovers — its munudo.

For those of you who are unfamiliar (because before I lived here, I had never heard of this before) mundo is a broth that is created from cooking stomach lining and pig feet. It is then served with hominy and other things that I am not quite sure of.

It is then topped with oregano, lime, salsa and ate with tortillas or chips.

And just in case you don’t quite know what stomach lining looks like, here you go…

I was terrified to eat this. Emilio slurped it down and kept side-glancing at me to see what I was going to do. The soup itself was amazing. The hominy, tasty. The lining took me a second to eat. But then I remembered — I have ate tarantulas, chicken feet, blood cake, and the worst fruit ever in the past few weeks. What’s stomach lining?

And truly, it wasn’t bad at all. The boyfriend’s mom has this recipe down, apparently. The lining was soft, not chewy, and tasted exactly like the broth. She also made a big point that she cleaned hers well…so maybe I’ll stick to this infamous munudo, but probably not restaurant ones. Dirty stomach lining sounds pretty dirty.

But back to the recipe I was going to talk about. After arriving from Thailand, we didn’t sleep for about 24 hours. And then we crashed and woke up at 2am ready for dinner because it was late afternoon in Bangkok. Jetlag sucks.

So we made carne asada fries. Mi mascota really deserves the credit for this. The two things that he is ever in charge of in the kitchen are fries and the cooking of meat. Well, carne asada fries are pretty much those two things.

We started off by chopping potatoes into fry-size.

The boyfriend then used these spices to coat the fries. We like our fries spicy. He likes to use the entire spice cabinet. Adjust as you would see necessary.

Once coated with all those spices and some olive oil, we lay them down (don’t let them stack on top of each other or they won’t cook evenly) on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. They take at least 45 minutes to cook, depending on how good your oven is, at 350 degrees.

Once they are done, it looks like this.

We had about half a pound of steak meat. I don’t know exactly what he bought, but the thinnest cut of meat is the best so it cooks quickly. The meat was marinated in salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and then cooked with a little oil and a few swigs of Mexican beer (you can really use whatever you have, but let’s be honest, we always have Tecate). When it was done ,it was nice and seared on the outside and moist on the inside.

The only thing that I was in charge of was shredding iceberg lettuce and making the guacamole. For my guacamole, I had one large Hass avocado, half a lime, salt, pepper, a small heirloom tomato (I am OBSESSED with these), some onion, and garlic.

And the final product? Served with the guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tapatio, and cotija cheese.

Deliciousness. What a perfect “dinner” at 3am, ate in bed, and completely crave fulfilling.

The Recipe:

The Fries:
4 russet potatoes, sliced into fry-size
A pinch of the following spices:
Rosemary
Parsley
Cayenne pepper
Black pepper
Paprika
Salt
Crushed red pepper
Fresh minced garlic

The Guacamole:
One large Hass avocado
One small heirloom tomato (trust me, heirloom is waaaay better – just do it)
Approx. 1 TBSP of onion
2 cloves minced garlic
Pinch of salt & pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime

The Meat:
Pinch of salt & pepper
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
A few swigs of your favorite beer

If you can, it is best to marinate this for at least 30 minutes with the above ingredients, onion, orange and cilantro. At 2am, marinating was not our first thought.

Realistically, this probably is a good appetizer/snack (it is football season!) for 3-4 people. But, we’re pinche gordos and ate the whole thing as dinner.

The Boyfriend Rates It!  4.0 out of 5. (May be a little biased since I cooked it)

Spicy crispy fries, juicy meat. Overall great midnight snack.

Could have used a salsa and beans.

Enjoy!

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