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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tequila Marinated Grilled Steak Fajitas and Vegetables

Tasty Fajitas and vegetables with just a little spice oh what flavor, you can leave out the tequila if you like.

For the Marinade:
Juice and zest of 2 limes
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup tequila
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
For the Beef:
3 top sirloin steak, prime or choice grade, about 8 ounces each and 1 inch to 1 1/4 inches thick
Vegetables of your choice: bell peppers, onions, zucchini ,mushrooms,tomatoes

Combine the citrus juices and zests, tequila, vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the garlic, and red pepper flakes and the rest of ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour the marinade in a large shallow bowl or glass dish. Add the steak to one half, cover, and marinate for 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator, turning the steaks occasionally. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour before grilling. To the other half of the marinade, add the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil. Add the onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and zucchini, and gently toss to coat. Let marinate for at least 1 hour, tossing occasionally. About 15 minutes before grilling, add the mushrooms to the marinade.

To Prepare:
Fajitas can be easily prepared on the stove top; simply marinate the steak and vegetables in the same way and then sauté the steak and vegetables in a small amount of olive oil. In this recipe we use sirloin rather than the traditional skirt steak, which is a less tender cut; leaner cuts are typically used for especially tender, tasty fajitas. We suggest 1-1/2 pounds of steaks, but for heartier appetites, or leftovers, you may wish to use 2 pounds.

Serve with warm tortillas Arrange the sliced steak and vegetables on a warm platter or in a heated iron skillet. Arrange the tortillas in a covered basket or wrapped in a cloth. Serve the salsa, sour cream, and cheese in festive bowls on the side. Enjoy by filling a warm tortilla with a mix of steak and vegetables of your choosing, topped with salsa, sour cream, and grated cheese.

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