My latest food craving....the pastor taco at Esquina. I love pork tacos in general, but this one is something divine....pumpkin puree and seeds...pineapple salsa...cabbage for color and crunch...and a little bit of something else I can't put my finger on that gives it a pinch of heat.
Being thus enamoured, I decided to try to replicate this taco at home.
I'll be honest, I was shooting for more the general idea of the taco than an exact replication. I used grilled steak instead of pork--it was what we had on hand--and plain pineapple instead of seeking out salsa. It ended up tasty enough for a first try, but it definitely needs some spicy pork. And my pumpkin puree was not quite the same.
This made me think though, there are a whole lot of local Lawrence restaurant foods that I would love to be able to whip up at home. (I love going out for dinner as much as the next girl, but we're just getting the Kiddo into a bedtime routine which does put a crimp in spending the dinner hour out.) And then I thought, "Hey...I know people here now. Maybe some of the people I know, know other people...six degrees of separation and all of that...maybe I could get my hands on a few actual recipes."
In any event, I'll never know if I don't ask, right? So, if anyone has a line--and can tell me without anyone getting in trouble or breaking national security laws, of course--I would love to track down recipes for any of the following:
- The pickled veggies at the Burger Stand. (Would love any of their sauce recipes, as well!)
- Teller's ketchup.
- The blistered cauliflower at 715.
- Wheatfields gravy.
- Free State's butternut squash ravioli.
- Mirth's huevos rancheros.
And, of course, the pastor taco at Esquina.
Goodness...just reading that list is kinda making my mouth water....Help a girl out, wouldya?