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Moroccan Lamb with Cheese (Traditional; US), garnished with charred corn topped off with Mahi Mahi Rub and wrapped in delicious Hard Corn Shells (Traditional; US)

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Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Moroccan Lamb ============= A Differently Spiced Meat Than Your Usual Taco ---------------------------------------------- * 500 g ground lamb * 20 g Ras al Hanout spice. My mix contains: * Paprika * Cinnamon * Allspice * Clove * Toasted Mustard * Cumin * Caraway * Black Pepper * 10 g fresh lemon zest or 10 g finely ground Black Lemon Omani (Moroccoan dried preserved lemon) Mix together and brown.
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Cheese (Traditional; US) ====================== A major flavor component of a traditional American taco, select a cheese that's firm and sharp. * Cheddar (shredded) * Jack/Pepper Jack (shredded) tags: vegetarian
Contributed by sinker, Jeremy Bowers
charred corn ========= * 6-8 ears of very fresh sweet corn. * Canola, peanut or other high-heat vegetable oil. * Sheet pan covered with tin foil. * Good long tongs. * Large metal bowl. 1. Prepare the oven for broiling by moving a single rack to the highest level. It should be no closer than 2-3 inches from the broiler. 2. Under this rack set the second rack and the sheet pan covered with tin foil to catch drips from the corn. 3. Brush each ear of corn lightly with oil. 4. Pull out top rack halfway and place the corn directly on the rack. 5. Push the rack in and turn on the broiler. 6. Watch the corn. You're looking for some fairly blackened bits and lots of dark brown. 7. Note: Do not let the corn catch on fire. 8. Turn the corn one quarter turn with the tongs. Repeat until each corn ear is fairly dark brown. 9. Remove the corn ears to the large metal bowl they are fully turned and browned/charred. 10. Turn off the broiler. 11. Let the corn cool for 15 minutes or until you can touch it. 12. Stand an ear of corn up on the bottom. 13. Using your sharpest knife, start at the top of the corn ear and slice down through the kernels. They will come off in sheets. 14. Turn the corn a quarter or a fifth turn and repeat until you've removed the kernels. Note: Some will stick at the top and bottom. 15. Do this for each ear of corn. 16. Now you have a bowl full of kernels. Mix with lime juice (2 limes?) and 3-6 oz of cotija to make a corn salad. 17. BONUS: Freeze the cobs. Later, make corn stock by boiling the cobs for an hour in 2 gallons of water. Remove the cobs and reduce to about 2 quarts. Use with grits or as a soup base.
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Mat Marquis
Mahi Mahi Rub ============== A rub for Mahi Mahi, if fish tacos be what you're fancying: * 1 Part spicy chili powder * 1 Part salt * 1 Part ground cumin * 1/2 Part chopped cilantro * 1/2 Part cayenne * 1/2 Part pepper * 1/2 Part oregano * 1/2 Part onion powder * 1/2 Part garlic powder You choose your measurements and enjoy! tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Hard Corn Shells (Traditional; US) ====================== Mistakenly thought by many to be traditionally Mexican, hard shells were actually popularized in the US in the mid-20th century. While they can certainly be made at home (if you have access to a deep-fryer), the best method of obtaining hard taco shells is to head to the grocery store. If you line them with a lettuce leaf rather than using chopped lettuce, when the shell cracks you won't lose the contents into your lap. tags: vegetarian