Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Stripper Steak and Pink Tacos
by MaceVindaloo

After a fun time at the tapcaf drinking and dancing, Hobbie Klivian would entice a girl or two of one species or another back to his place. He'd have a great time playing games and drinking some more; often, his roommate Wes Janson would be as lucky in meeting girls of a certain type, and they'd make a party of it. But soon, they'd get hungry and want food. By then, it was really, really late, and not much was open to deliver or even pick up food. It was too soon to stop, the girls didn't want to go home, and the two revelry-inclined pilots didn't want them to leave. Often in a rush of panic-induced adrenaline, the boys would look in the pantry of their bachelor apartment, and in the chiller and pull everything out. They'd get the girls to help cut the steak into strips -- in their jolly state, the girls didn't often mind being dubbed "steak strippers!"

To add to this base, they'd all chop and slice some long-keeping and preserved foods and sauces and mix them with leftovers from other meals. Wrapped in a soft taco (they freeze really well, and there are some that require no refrigeration, thus can sit in your pantry for nearly forever -- perfect for bachelors who were out and away a lot!), the spicy, flavor-packed meal was always a hit! Here's a sample of one particularly memorable meal. The pink-colored cream cheese contrasted nicely with the spice-infused hot filling. The highly interactive and very suggestive and messily-devoured meal would always be a successful segue into more fun as the night stretched on ...

Use whatever combination of meat, vegetables, sauces, spreads or dips you have -- be sure to have plenty of ravenous guests to help you. This formula makes much more food than you'd think.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced or slivered
  • 1½ to 2 cups white mushrooms, chopped
  • About a pound or so of leftover steak (or chicken or pork, etc.) sliced into strips, maximum 3 inches/8 cm long
  • ¾ tsp chipotle powder or cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons "Mr. Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sauce" or Worcestershire Sauce or Soy Sauce
  • 5 medium-to-small sized tomatoes (vine ripened are best), cut into wedges
  • package of 6" (15 cm) flour tortillas
  • Roasted garlic salsa cream cheese dip, or red pepper pastes, or vegetable cream cheese or grated cheese
Start with a hot pan, then add the oil, fry onions and garlic till starting to become translucent. Stir occasionally so as not to burn the garlic. Add mushrooms and steak, thyme, chipotle, and sauce. Stir and toss often for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes. Carefully continue to stir till tomatoes are heated through, but not mushy or juiced-out.

Heat the tortillas in the microwave just enough so that they are warm, but not dried out. Spread the cream cheese dip thinly over half a tortilla. Spoon steak mixture over cream cheese and fold in half. Consume happily and somewhat messily.

Makes about 12 soft tacos.

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