Last week I found myself staring into a fridge full of food as I thought, “There’s nothing to make for dinner.” Clearly, that wasn’t true. There was plenty of food, but none that obviously screamed “make this dish.”
After taking inventory, I started pairing foods together until I fixated on a package of Dai Due green chili chorizo and a bunch of turnips. I knew these ingredients worked well together because I’ve used them before in a Portugese style stew, but I didn’t want to make that dish again. I decided instead to mix it up and make tacos – a picadillo like filling with chorizo, diced turnips and sliced onions.
When I experiment like this, I’m always a little nervous to take the first bite, but there was no need to hesitate – the tacos were DELICIOUS. The chorizo and turnip filling was spicy and rich, and the sliced radish garnish gave it a great crunch. Yum!
The next time you catch yourself thinking there is nothing to cook in your packed fridge, try the matching game to create a new dish. Create pairs of ingredients that you know work well together in other dishes and figure out how to put a new spin on it. If you like BLTs, make pasta with bacon, tomatoes and spinach instead of another sandwich. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If all else fails, you can always order pizza and at least you’ll have learned something new in the process.
What creative dish have you made lately? I’d love to hear about your kitchen experiment.
Chorizo & Turnip Tacos
1 lb of bulk chorizo – I used Dai Due green chili chorizo, but you can use any variety
4 small turnips, trimmed and diced
2 spring onions, sliced
4 radishes, sliced
Place the chorizo in a skillet and cook over medium heat until just cooked through (no longer raw.) Add the diced turnips and onions. Cook the mixture until the turnips are tender when poked with a fork.
Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then top tortillas with the filling and garnish with radishes.