If summer get-togethers make you giddy with joy and excitement, then you’re not alone! I too love brainstorming recipes with friends, then planning, prepping, and preparing the food, then finally getting everyone together to enjoy the bounty. Food always brings people together, and is great shared with old friends and new ones! This summer, I am going to make it my mission to enjoy the company of others over great food as much as possible!
I love how these Mission® Super Soft Flour Tortillas really made my two recipes even better than I could have ever imagined. I have tried all sorts of tortillas, and these are the softest, tastiest ones yet. They were so versatile, and absolutely perfect for my Vegetarian Southwest-Inspired Pinwheels AND for my Grilled Steak Tacos. I always feel like the tortillas make or break a recipe, and I was so happy to find a new favorite. You can use the store locator on the Mission website to find Mission tortillas at stores near you, and find even more delicious recipes as well.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced this, but I am always let down when tortillas kind of get dried out super quickly, then kind of crack when you roll anything out of them (like the pinwheels). Well, these were perfect. They held together super well, and worked amazingly well for this 4 ingredient appetizer!
And, since I wanted to offer lots of delicious toppings for these Grilled Steak Tacos, my first thought was fresh ingredients of course!
I thought it would be so fun to offer guests some handmade pickled jalapeños as party favors. Every time we serve these to guests or bring them to someone’s house, we always get lots of compliments on them.
(Making 1 day in advance is recommended)
I think it’s time to start sharing them with people, so I filled mini jars with a mixture of fresh ingredients like jalapeño slices, garlic cloves, and mini red onions. Now, it’s time to pickle!
I heated a solution of 1.5 cups white vinegar plus 1 cup water, and 1-2 tbsp salt until the salt has dissolved. Let it cool a bit, then carefully pour the vinegar solution over the ingredients, leaving a little bit of room at the top of the jar so it does not spill out. Place lids back on, and gift as soon as the next day.
These turned out SO cute, and you could even tie cute ribbons around the jars for an even more festive look.
In addition to the pickled jalapeños, I offered pickled red onions (get my recipe here), plus a guacamole tomatillo sauce and a traditional red salsa too.
The lettuce even came right out of my own garden! This was my first year to try growing lettuce, and while it may be almost at the end of its season, I love treating friends to things I grew!
GRILLED STEAK TACOS
1/3 cup olive oil
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp or more taco seasoning
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp salt
1-2 lbs flank steak or similar
Simply marinate each pound of steak in 1/3 cup olive oil, 2-3 tbsp soy sauce, 2-3 tbsp or more taco seasoning + the juice from 1 lime + 1 tsp salt for at least 1-2 hours or overnight. Simply grill for 3 or so minutes per side if your steak is thin like mine was. Slice and serve with fresh sides and warmed Mission Super Soft Flour Tortillas (they taste best warmed).
Slice up the steak and set out the toppings, the tacos are ready to eat!!!
SOUTHWEST INSPIRED VEGETARIAN PINWHEELS
I searched for vegetarian pinwheel recipes and hardly found anything! These are so great tasting, and you will never miss the meat.
1 package Mission® Super Soft Flour Tortillas
Plus 1-2 bunches of cilantro
1 head of green lettuce
To create the sauce:
1 (8 oz.) box of cream cheese, softened
½ cup (or more) taco sauce or red enchilada sauce
½ - 1 cup cream cheese
¼ - ½ tsp salt, optional
1. Mix all sauce ingredients together, and stir until smooth. I used a hand mixer
2. Lay one tortilla out onto your work surface, and spread 1.5 -2 tbsp sauce in an even layer on tortilla.
3. Add a line of cilantro and a line of small pieces of lettuce towards one side of the tortilla, then roll up into an even roll.
4. Cut in 2” sections, and display on a cute tray. I used cactus pieces from a local market.
The bottom line - I would definitely recommend Mission Super Soft Flour Tortillas to anyone who loves superior taste and excellent ingredients!