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Monday, March 5, 2012

Asian Short Rib Wonton Tacos

I read a lot of recipes.  Cookbooks, blogs, magazines....you name it.  Recipes draw my attention.  I'm always on the lookout for something yummy and interesting to make.  It has always been this way for me.  Since I discovered the world of blogging, that has only increased.  I have a huge list of things that I want to try.  

Beef Short Ribs have been on the list for awhile.   When I ran into a deal on them locally,  I had originally thought that I would slow cook them with fresh herbs and red wine.  On the day that I planned to make them, I just wasn't feeling that at all.   I had been thinking about Asian food since Carol shared her Korean Steak Tacos here

I, also, remembered that Jenn at Jenn's Food Journey had shared an Asian inspired recipe here using short ribs so that would be perfect.   Why not combine the two, right?  

So I began by mixing together:

2 tsp. kosher salt
3 tsp. ground white pepper

1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
3/8 tsp. garlic powder
3/8 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. onion powder
6 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 Tbsp. Sriracha

I rubbed this mixture on 2 lbs. of trimmed beef short ribs, coating them completely, and stuck them in the fridge to get happy overnight.   The next morning, I placed the ribs in the bottom of my crockpot.   I took 1/2 cup pineapple juice and mixed it with 1/2 cup Sake.  I poured this over the top of the ribs and set the timer for 8 hours.  My poor family had to smell this cooking all day while I was at work.  When I got home, it smelled amazing in here.

I was unable to find my favorite broccoli slaw at any of the local markets so I settled for a package of ready made coleslaw.  Mixed up with some Newman's Own Lite Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing and some chopped cilantro, it was the perfect accompaniment for the spicy beef. 

David and Connor couldn't wait for dinner so they had their tacos wrapped in corn tortillas.  That seemed a little plain to me.  I had been thinking all day about those amazing Wonton Tacos from Applebees.   They are positively addictive little treats, in my opinion, and  I thought I could recreate something along those lines with the beef that was cooking away at home.  I just so happened to have some wonton skins left over from my Inside Out Pork Dumplings so it was the perfect time to give that a try!  

I sprayed the wonton skins lightly with canola oil, draped them over the side of a baking dish to form a taco shell and baked them until they were crispy.  It only took a few minutes for that to happen.  

a little shredded beef.....
a little cabbage slaw with dressing....
a little cilantro on top....
a squeeze of fresh lime....

The wonton shells were definitely not as good as they would have been if I had fried them.  They were pretty good though and it made for a nice dinner treat.   I took leftovers of the meat and the slaw to work the next day all wrapped up in a Weight Watchers Tortilla and I have to say that was even more tasty than the tacos.

Thanks Jenn and Carol and Applebees for the inspiration!  We will be having these again, I'm sure.  As cute as they were, I just don't think I will be bothering with the wonton taco shells next time.

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  1. Wow. Those look incredible!

  2. That looks really good Candace. I recently tried fish tacos the other day. Your recipe reminds me a lot of them with the coleslaw you added.

  3. They are like little works of art.

  4. They look fantastic. Now I have to try them your way, Candace. I have been wanted to try short ribs and just never have, really looks so good.

  5. This is genius! I've seen wonton wrappers used in a lot of different ways, but never as taco shells (guess it's been a while since I've gone to Applebee's!). They look beautiful!

  6. These remind me of a dish that was on Top Chef the other day! MEGA delish!

  7. The recipes you have been posting have been amazing.

  8. Oh, they're so perfect! Delicious, photogenic, fabulous!!!

  9. Oh my gosh this looks so good!! I wish you could move in with me and cook!! Or maybe I could move there ~ your area of the country looks prettier! Of course, I'd have to bring Emmett with me :-)

  10. Why have I never thought to make wonton taco shells?? Brilliant!

    I hope you find the Frank's sweet chili sauce - its so good! Perfect balance of sweet and heat.

    Next time I buy short ribs, I am making these!

  11. Oh no, thank YOU for taking an idea and making it even better!! These look amazing, Candace!

  12. Ohmigosh! Amazing idea! I remember trying that once with slow cooked BBQ chicken and it was fabulous too :) Totally gonna give this a try

  13. That's what blogging has done to me too! It has seduced me completely! Now I can never go back to the old and used ones. I always search for something new and intriguing! You made a perfect meal Candace, one I would definitely want to try!

  14. sweet bella candace I have been catching up on posts today and so happy I did, your photos are just....magical. I'm slowly coming back into contact with the human race since all the sickness has been making its rounds at my house...again....for weeks and weeks and weeks....sigh. But reading your posts brought me a breathe of fresh air and a smile.....wishing you a wonderful weekend

  15. Love the dish that you created...fusion cooking is fun.


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