I had some of that duck confit leftover and decided to do tacos with it. I did an image search for “duck tacos” to get an idea of what sort of fillings would work and saw a lot of pickled red onions:These are pretty easy to make, a cup or so of vinegar, teaspoon each of salt and sugar, plus whatever seasonings you desire. I used some peppercorns and a couple of cloves of garlic. The sliced onions were wilted by dipping them into very hot water for a few seconds. Stuff the drained onions into a jar with the vinegar mixture. I have a glass hockey puck shaped weight atop the onions to hold them down.I also made a slaw with half a red cabbage, an equal amount of green cabbage, and some shredded carrot. It’s seasoned with lime juice, cumin, brown sugar, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne, minced jalapeno, and olive oil.
These have chicken, sour cream, salsa verde, and Monterey jack. I was fooled by the packaging on the tortillas – they said yellow corn tortillas in the big print but the smaller line indicated they were a blend of corn and wheat flours. They did hold up better to handling than the 100% corn variety and didn’t taste bad. Still…I poured a layer of tomatilla salsa in the casserole bottom and laid the rolled up enchiladas over that, and then spooned on a salsa verde and sprinkled more cheese. The dish baked in a 400 oven for 20 minutes or so.I garnished it with cotilla cheese and some jalapeno slices. Each plate got a pair of enchiladas and a daub each of refried beans. guacamole, and pico de gallo. I cut the leftover tortillas into wedges and fried them in oil until they browned and sprinkled them with kosher salt.The guac is simply mashed avocado with a dash of lime juice and a pinch of salt. The pico is diced onion, tomato, and chopped parsley because boo tastes like soap cilantro. I has a splash of lime juice as well.
I got the mowing done for another week but was too tired to do much in the kitchen. Burritos are a great go to for when you don’t want to do much. I thought I was finished with the smoked brisket but found another portion in the freezer. These have Monterey jack cheese and various peppers, both sweet and hot, and some store bought guacamole.
Chorizo and Monterey jack in the quesadillas, garnished with guac and sour cream, the Tex-Mex seasoning I like, a wee sprinkle of cotija cheese and more of the Monterey jack. Gotta have eggs and hot sauce.
Looks like it will rain all day. We were needing some. I have a pork shoulder in the smoker. I set up in the garage and now it’s pretty smokey in there. It would be setting off alarms if there were any in there.