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@deezthugs' Smokey Turkey Tacos with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, garnished with Chipotle Pineapple Sauce topped off with Zaatar and wrapped in delicious Hard Corn Shells (Traditional; US)

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Contributed by sinker, David Dahl
@deezthugs' Smokey Turkey Tacos =============================== These tacos have and will blow minds. (Note: I cannot separate the base_layer here from the seasoning, it is all integral) * 2 Packages ground Turkey or Chicken (1.5 to 2 lbs) - not the lean stuff for Chrissake! * Several slices of cooked bacon, diced * 2 Tbs Coconut oil * 2 Tbs Bacon Grease. That's right, Bacon Grease. (What you don't keep it? Might as well just quit now) * 1 Medium sweet onion * (The following dry ingrediants can be increased depending on amount of meat) * 4 Garlic Cloves, smashed * 1 tsp Cumin * 2 tsp Onion powder * 1 tsp Chipotle powder (use as much as required) * 1 tsp (cool smokey) Paprika * 1 tsp Cinnamon * 1 tsp Ground Ginger * 1/2 - 1 tsp Black Pepper * 1 tsp Kosher Salt * 3 Limes, juiced * [optional] 1/2 can low-salt Chicken broth Combine all dry seasonings in bag, shake up and combine well with raw turkey meat. return to fridge for an hour or more. Melt the Bacon Grease over medium heat, add Coconut oil and diced onion, cook down till onions are, well, you know, awesome. Add the smashed garlic. Add the bacon. Add the turkey meat and break it down into medium/small bits with a spatula or butter knife. After cooking for a few minutes and the meat has begun to brown, drizzle 2 of limes' juice onto the meat. Cook well, adding optional chicken broth to shape the consistency as needed. (Generally not needed unless you accidentally buy low-fat meat. Shame on you.) Finally, transfer amount for a meal to a frying pan, frying for a few minutes to create some crispy bits (This is the key step:)), adding lime juice as it cooks. Spoon onto favorite tortillas add condiments and devour.
Contributed by sinker
Shredded Brussels Sprouts ========================= A surprising, unexpected *and delicious* green addition to your taco! * brussels sprouts * butter 1. Shred up your brussels sprouts so that they're flaked up. You're really going for almost a slaw-level shredding here. 2. Put a healthy amount of butter in a pan, melt it down with a little salt too. 3. Toss the shredded sprouts in, and fry 'em up until parts of them are browned up, and other parts have turned into a bright green. You're going for partial caramelization, but not all the way. You're not going to LOAD UP your taco with these, but they bring an amazing, mellow flavor to the mix. Especially good with fish tacos. tags: vegetarian
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Chipotle Pineapple Sauce Ingredients 250 g chopped fresh pineapple 1 minced onion 15 ml olive oil 2-3 chipotle peppers, with surrounding adobo sauce from can 120 ml water Directions Sautee the onion in the oil until translucent Add pineapple and let cook for just a couple minutes Add water and peppers and sauce and cook until reduced to just thinner than a paste tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Charlie Loyd
Zaatar ====== _A.k.a. za‘tar, za’atar, zattr, etc._ Zaatar is a thyme-based Middle Eastern seasoning that adapts well to tacos. It has a pleasantly dry, faintly sour/bitter flavor. It goes well on savory bases like squash and lamb, and combines with other sour seasonings like lemon juice and radish. There are many kinds of zaatar, some quite different; this recipe is representative, not definitive. * 4 units thyme * 2 units oregano * 2 units sesame seeds * 0–1 unit salt * 1 unit sumac (to be found at a Lebanese or Syrian market, or at a yuppie grocery; in a pinch, lemon zest can substitute) * Other herbs to taste: fennel pollen, marjoram, cumin, etc. * Optional: trace olive oil or lemon juice as a binder (but not if you plan to store it) Toast the sesame seeds. Grind all ingredients together using any method, stopping when the mixture is not too fine to pick up by pinching. May be added to meat during cooking, or sprinkled over a finshied taco. The latest theories have not ruled out the possibility of a zaatar mole. 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