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Grilled Vegetable Taco’s and the intro to the 2 beer/20 minute cooking school

September 20, 2011


Okay, so the 20 minute dinner thing has been done to death and we like to do things differently around here. Obviously we like to eat and drink, sometimes together. So I was thinking of something snappy to call the 20 minute dinner and it dawned on me I usually kill a beer or two while cooking dinner. In fact, I usually like to sip on something while cooking so it was born, the 2 beer/20 minute dinner. These are for those nights when you get home late, have too much to do and need something that tastes great and more importantly, throw together quickly.

This recipe was born almost out of necessity, the ingredients we actually purchased for another dish but I forgot a few essential ingredients so some improvisation was needed. This is a pretty basic dish but that’s why is so damn good. A few simple ingredients, a pan and 2 beers and you’ve got a tasty dinner that’s good enough to serve to guests. There isn’t anything too crazy with it but I added some goat cheese and an aioli with some zip to jazz it up a bit. Check out the recipe below and get cooking!

1 Portabella Cap, small, sliced thick
1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1/4 Red Pepper, sliced
1 clove of garlic
5-6 Asparagus Spears
1 tsp Goat Cheese

Corn tortilla’s

With a little olive oil combine all those ingredients up there(except the goat cheese) in a pan and saute until browned, add the goat cheese and mix throughout and nestle everything inside those lovely corn tortilla’s. While doing this, get a small pan and boil some water. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes. Place the asparagus on the tacos when finished for a bit of crunchy texture and a crisp taste. You should be able to kill one of those beers and be into the second one enough that you have enough left over for dinner. Below is a recipe for a Sriracha Aioli for a little zing.

Sriracha Aioli

1 tbsp mayonaise
1 pinch of cumin, salt and pepper
Quick zap of lime juice
1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
1/4-1/2 tsp Sriracha aka cocksauce

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir, what comes out should be a fantastic orange sauce that has a great mix of spice, freshness and creaminess that adds another dimension to taco’s, fries and sandwiches. Use it… a lot.

Don’t forget those 2 beers, Salud!