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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thai Tacos: Carrot and Ginger Improv Challenge

Welcome to February's Improv Challenge!  This month's ingredients were carrots and ginger.  There are SO many different ways those ingredients could be used together.  I am anxious to see what everyone made.    I went with a savory dish this month.  I found a great recipe for Thai Tacos on the Recipe Girl.  I decided to cook the meat in my slow cooker so that it would be extra tender.  I also used candied ginger with the meat instead of fresh.  Stick with me, you never know what I am going to do to a recipe!!

I made these up on a Saturday night.  It was late.  We'd been to the movies and the store.  I was rushed and I was disappointed with the results.  Corn tortillas are more tricky that I had realized.  In the past, I have only used them in enchiladas, covered in sauce and cheese.  This time, they fell apart on me.  Then my wonderful husband stepped in and showed me what was wrong.  I had to heat them up first!  It was a labor intensive step, but it made ALL the difference.  I felt a little stupid, but I thought I'd keep it real here and let you know that I still have a lot to learn.
can you see the difference?  these are the fail tacos
Thai Tacos (adapted from here)
meat filling
1 1/2 pounds top round steak, trimmed
2 tsp candied ginger pieces
1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup water or broth
Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8 hours or until the meat is done and tender enough to shred.  
Thai Slaw
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 1/2 cups match stick carrots
1/4 cup sliced green onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey or agave
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Mix the ingredients from the garlic down.  Pour over the vegetables in a bowl, toss well and let sit for 30 minutes.  
To construct the tacos, heat corn tortillas on a griddle or nonstick skillet sprayed with PAM.  Heat until they bubble slightly and turn to brown the other side, too.  Slide the tortillas onto plates and fill with meat and slaw.  I added some Mexican crema to ours.  You can use sour cream if you'd like.  

Okay!  Let's see what others have made!  If you'd like to join us next month, check out my "improv"  page for the details.





44 comments:

kita said...

Love this combination! These little tacos look dangerous.

LDH said...

The final product looks perfect! Wish I could pluck one right from my computer screen :) Always learning tips that make life easier in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

Gloria said...

Look absolutely nice love tacos!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

Those tacos look wonderful a great flavor combination. I have a strong dislike for corn tortillas because they are difficult to work with. Pat on the back to your hubby for knowing what to do :)

ping said...

Hi Kristen! Tacos! One of my favorite go-tos. Love the Thai slaw ... so refreshing!
Looks like I had trouble linking again. Couldn't see myself :) So I'd just added it in. Hope it's alright.
Looking forward to see a ton of creations!

Marina said...

Kristen, it great! I am like a hungry rabbit in the spring: can eat everything. But I love ginger, I add it even to my tea, which my mom find very odd. Great challenge you've organised here!

Jana ★ said...

Menuda receta, de concurso!!
Que cosa mas deliciosa :D
Un besito!
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Melody ♪♫ said...

wow! Those look delish! I think I'll will try this combo with lettuce wraps.

Lesa @Edesias Notebook said...

Great choice, Kristen. I love the idea of adding ginger to beef for tacos. I don't ever use corn tortillas for the reason you mentioned. Flour tortillas are so much easier to work with.

Heidi @ CrockPotLadies.com said...

Yummy! Love that you went with a savory dish for the Improv Challenge. Love it even more that you used your slow cooker! I am going to have to try this recipe! - Pinning on Pinterest for sure!

Erin said...

Holy macharel. Your tacos sound amazing!

Robyn said...

Having problems linking up this morning.

I made a side dish of Ginger Glazed Carrots: http://theranchwifechronicles.com/ginger-glazed-carrots/

Will try again to link up.

Sandi G said...

#whatwouldwedowithouttheslowcooker

Love these Thai tacos!

What movie did you see? We went to see The Descendants :)

Lizzy said...

Oh, these look amazing!!! I think even my picky family would love them...I know I would! Great Improv Challenge dish :)

Lisa~~ said...

Love the flavors in this as Thai is one of our favorites. I'm saving this one to make very soon.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

yummychunklet said...

Thanks for the heating up tip! Very helpful!

Rosemary said...

Great flavors. Great use of the ingredients. I'd scarf these up in a heartbeat . . and I do happen to have all of the ingredients!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

The same thing always happens to me too! And like you, I always use corn tortillas for enchiladas and cover them with sauce :) Thank you for the tip! Your version of tacos sounds so good, I just realized we didn't have tacos for waaaay too long!

Tina said...

This does look like a delicious way to make tacos! They do not always have to be Tex-Mex style and I really like the asian elements in these. I am finding some great recipes done for this challenge and this is one of them. Thanks so much for hosting!

Ann said...

Looks like a delicious combination! I would have NEVER come up with tacos! Thanks and YUM!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Hey Kristen. We linked up our recipe and you approved it, but we are unable to get anything to show up or link to our site. I have used all the codes you gave me.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

Kristen! These look fabulous!!! And I'm so intrigued by your use of candied ginger in these. But what a creative use of the two ingredients! And what I love the most...is the credit you gave to your hubs for helping with the tortillas! Awwww. That's awesome! Will be trying these soon...I think my son will love them! Thanks again for all you do to make this such a great challenge! : )

Terry said...

Tacos look yummy, you can make almost anything into a taco! Thanks for hosting.

Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen said...

Kristin Thank you sooo much for hosting this! This was my first time and I have so enjoyed this! I can't wait for next month!!! Also these taco's look very scrummy! = )

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

These tacos look just fabulous! I'm adding these to my meal plan for next week! And thanks so much for hosting; I've had such a great time!

Cathy W said...

Nice! I just love making tacos..usually fish tacos, here, with all of the non-meat eaters. I want some of yours...:)

The Harried Cook said...

I love homemade tacos! The flavors in this one sound really delicious! Thanks for sharing, Kristen! Great post :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

When I have to cook something with carrot and ginger, I would not be able to come up with Thai tacos using those ingredients. Oh this looks so delicious. I still have some tortillas and I am thinking about adapting this a little bit for tomorrow's lunch with whatever I have in the fridge. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Elpiniki said...

I love the combination! This tacos look really yummy!

Suzi said...

These look fantastic and I love that carrot ginger combination. I forgot to look in yahoo.com. What day do you publish the challenge?

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Kristen, these little tacos look so delicious! I love the flavors that you used - super yum! Thanks for sharing. Great blog you have here - I'm glad to have found you!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

These look so awesome! I love that you went with a savory recipe! Love the slaw also!

Kiri W. said...

Oh yum!! I'd never have come up with tacos fro this, what a great idea. They look delicious!

Jenn Kendall said...

These tacos sound fabulous! and that slaw sounds so fresh and flavorful - definitely want to try these :)

motherrimmy said...

Fantastic! I've shared this recipe with my Twitter followers. Can't wait to try it this week.

Kim Bee said...

I want ten of these. No wait. Let's be serious here. I'll take twenty.

Magic of Spice said...

What fantastic flavors for tacos! My boys make tacos all the time and would really enjoy these...nice job!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend...

Choc Chip Uru said...

Love that you are so creative that you can make such a yummy combo up on the spot - looks absolutely drool worthy :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Choc Truffle Chunk Muffins + Surprise Choc Cookies

Asmita said...

I love tacos and love this recipe! I will try and make this for sure.

Norma Chang said...

Beautiful presentation. Love you slaw, will be making this.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

These tacos look excellent! I love the thai flavors, I've never thought about a thai taco!

Kim Bee said...

I had to stop again and stare. I want to make these something awful.

Cucina49 said...

Ooh, those look so good--I think you found the perfect combination using this month's ingredients.

Carole said...

This is a post about 2 very good Thai cookbooks http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/cook-books-spirit-house.html

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