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schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 04:02 PM

HI! I will be making filet tacos tomorrow night, filet is already cooked and just waiting to be sliced! I also made some chimichurri, and bought some red onions that I'm going to quick-pickle tonight, along with some avocados I'm going to marinate in lime and a little olive oil, and a sprinkling of ceyenne. I also have some sour cream and fresh cilantro in the fridge. Any other flavors/toppings that might be interesting? I would like to stay away from iceburg/shredded cheese/traditional guac/diced tomato combo. Thanks!!

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  1. tcamp RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 04:06 PM

    As long as you are quick pickling, do some thinly sliced radishes for a couple of minutes. Shredded cabbage lightly dressed with crema and lime juice. Finely grated cotija cheese.

    1. alkapal RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 04:49 PM

      julienned baby bell peppers

      1. Cherylptw RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 06:14 PM

        Charred or roasted, peeled, seeded & juilenne poblano chiles

        Roasted corn - frozen corn on a lined sheet pan; sprinkle with cumin, oregano, s & p then toss with olive oil and roast in oven.

        Roasted or pickled nopales are interesting.

        Instead of cabbage, consider making a slaw with chayote or jicama

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          nothingswrong RE: Cherylptw Feb 11, 2014 03:08 PM

          +1 to the corn

          I pan-fry in a bit of oil, then add seasonings.

          Such a nice crunchy contrast!

        2. weezieduzzit RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 06:28 PM

          Kimchi is awesome on tacos, pickled onions too.

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            pickledtink RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 06:34 PM

            A quick and easy red cabbage slaw- just shredded tossed with lime juice and a pinch of salt.

            1. Ttrockwood RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 08:04 PM

              It sounds like you already have some great toppings!
              I think a side of a cabbage slaw with cilantro and a lime vinegrette would be perfect, some pickled jalapenos if you like it spicy

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                Worldwide Diner RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 08:12 PM

                pico de gallo?

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                  carrytheone RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 08:32 PM

                  I like to blend cilantro, Serranos, garlic, oil, and maybe some mint to make a 'chutney'. Add ginger if you want a kick.

                  1. ipsedixit RE: schrutefarms Feb 7, 2014 08:44 PM

                    Shredded, marinated daikon

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                      gordeaux RE: schrutefarms Feb 8, 2014 07:54 AM

                      A few chipotles en adobo
                      sour cream
                      lime juice

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                        seamunky RE: schrutefarms Feb 11, 2014 11:09 AM

                        sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, parmesan frico

                        1. JungMann RE: schrutefarms Feb 11, 2014 12:49 PM

                          Miso pickled cucumbers
                          Corn and black bean salsa

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: schrutefarms Feb 11, 2014 01:47 PM

                            I assume you mean filet of beef?

                            The least flavorful of all beef cuts, you're on the right track to serve with a punched up sauce like chimichurri.

                            I like the idea of something pickled, but it may overwhelm, and pickled vegs are usually best with fatty cuts, to cut through the unctuous flavor and provide a counterpoint or pop. Filet is the least fatty cut of all.

                            Other sauces like a chile jam? Sweet & hot? Or something creamy and fatty like a curried aioli?
                            Or something bitter like flash fried broccoli rabe? I also like Cheryl's idea of jicama or chayote. Or an herb salsa with parsley, citrus zest, diced onion instead of raw garlic like a gremolata. Or you can add toasted pine nuts, basil, grated Parm & golden raisins for a picadillo type flavor.

                            Decide what flavor profile you want to go in, then use ingredients in that profile that provide texture & brightness or acidity.

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                              laliz RE: schrutefarms Feb 11, 2014 03:17 PM

                              I agree w/the crema and with the pickled radishes. Sounds great, but I will bring some cheese

                              1. alkapal RE: schrutefarms Feb 14, 2014 05:03 AM

                                can one pickle jicama? that would be good!

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                                  Cherylptw RE: alkapal Feb 15, 2014 07:44 PM

                                  Yes - http://www.yummly.com/recipes/pickled...

                                2. TroyTempest RE: schrutefarms Feb 14, 2014 07:17 AM


                                  1. MGZ RE: schrutefarms Feb 14, 2014 07:20 AM

                                    Thinly sliced habaneros.

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