Thursday, January 10, 2008

achieving taco stability

The night after my pernil adventure, we were somehow not overdosed on pork, so I gathered together the ingredients for some soft tacos. J-Cat and I eat Mexican food almost weekly, which is partially due to our neighborhood's offerings and partially due to our obsession with tacos. We had tacos Saturday night, and knowing that I would be preparing the pernil the next day, I paid close attention to every ingredient so that I could use leftovers for tacos on Monday. It turned out that this plan was pure brilliance; the tacos were fantastic, and perfect in their simplicity. I think it was key that I got some crema instead of sour cream. Though they are not terribly different, the crema has a looser consistency and a saltier, tangier flavor, whereas sour cream often seems to overwhelm the rest of the flavors. In addition to the crema, we topped our tacos with shredded lettuce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, green salsa, and a spritz of lime juice. I chopped the pernil and reheated it in a frying pan with just a bit of it's own fat (YES). Finally, the most important elements in taco construction is the use of two soft corn tortillas per taco, and resisting the temptation to overfill your taco. This is truly the only way to achieve maximum taco stability.

7 comments:

She sure is strange! said...

YUM!!!

Molly

Leah said...

Oh my, it's so true, you can't overfill your tortilla, although I ALWAYS DO!! There's a place around the corner from us that makes fresh tortillas, and I go sometimes and get a dozen. You've gotta try them. This year, when we go to Texas, I'm going to get a tortilla press for myself. Springtime taco party?

faycat said...

Taco party! Yes, definitely. I just watched a bizarre but awesome video of the director Robert Rodriguez making homemade flour tortillas, I am definitely going to try that.

B said...

LOL! "Taco Party" is slang for the opposite of a sausage party.

Is that the same video in which Robert Rodriguez makes pork pibil?

Leah said...

Hey, you're right about "taco party." I forgot about that. It's too funny. Although, there would be sausages too at this taco party...sorry for the off-color, Faycat...

faycat said...

Hey, at least it's not a Lemon Party...

(Beware, for anyone who doesn't know what a "lemon party" is, use Urban Dictionary to find out). Googling it may scar you for life.

B, the tortilla video is separate, he made it while after the puerco pibil ep. They're both on YouTube and both great.

Leah said...

Oh dear.