Friday, January 20, 2006

Recipe of the Day: Fajitas with Homemade Salsa

I love to make this dish. It can be very messy but is quite good fun. You can of course buy salsa ready-made but I like to make my own. I also tend to make the salsa first, then wash the pan out and do the chicken.

Homemade Salsa (makes 1-2 servings)

Tablespoon olive oil
Garlic clove or two
Half an onion, chopped finely
One small fresh or dried chilli (add more to taste)
Half a can of chopped tomatoes
Tablespoon tomato puree
Handful of sweetcorn
Handful of Coriander leaves (or a squeeze of coriander paste)

Fry garlic and chilli in olive oil for a minute until it starts to bubble. Add the onion and fry on a low/medium heat until onions are translucent. Add the tomato puree, stir, then add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 5 or so minutes until the liquid has reduced to the required consistency. Add the sweetcorn and heat through (3 minutes ish). Finally, stir in the coriander and pour into a useful bowl.

Fajitas (makes enough for 1)

4-5 tortilla wraps
One chicken breast, chopped
One pepper, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
lime juice and zest from half a lemon

If you have time, marinade the chicken breast in the oregano, cayenne and lime juice. If not, fry these ingredients together with the pepper until the chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes) on a medium heat, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Once the chicken is cooked through, you can either place the tortilla on top of the mixture to heat through or place in a microwave on high for about 10-15 seconds until hot.

To make the fajitas, you will also need some sour cream/yoghurt and some salad leaves/avocado slices

Place a few bits of the chicken mixture in first, in a straight line in the middle of the wrap. Make sure you leave a clear 1/3 of the wrap so you can fold it. Then dribble some salsa on top, followed by the sour cream/yoghurt and finally garnish with the salad/avocado slices. Fold from the bottom of the tortilla and then wrap the two sides.


1 comment:

tone said...

Mmmmmm. Hungry. Surprise surprise, it's pork today for lunch. And tomorrow. And weds...