Today I have 3 recipes from Joanna Gaines’s new Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol.2 up for review. I am lumping these together with the Steak Tacos because they go so well together! As a unit the create a well-balanced dinner plate and will have you feeling like your running a Mexican restaurant at home.
If you still need your own copy of the new cookbook, grab your copy of Magnolia Table Cookbook Volume 2 HERE!
Ok, I am going to be honest here and tell you, even for a professional Chef, who cooks dinner at home EVERY DAY, if you take on all of this at once, it is A LOT! If I were you I would reserve this for a weekend day that you plan on spending at home and break the work up into chunks.
If you want to make the tortillas fresh and not use store-bought, give yourself some time early in the day to knock them out and then rewarm them later. You can also make the sauce for the tacos ahead of time, even a day or two early.
Then get your meat marinated and while it is cooking you can make the fresh radish salad to go on top. I cooked mine on a plancha griddle in the house but you could totally grill it if you wanted to.
When it comes to the rice, this is something you could make a little ahead of time too. It will hold well on the stove, and it has enough butter in it that it would never think of sticking together!
I made my tortillas with blue cornmeal for a little added fun and I LOVED them! I have made flour tortillas before but never attempted corn, and I think I am in love with the process. It takes a little time, but it is completely worth it.
I can never find a soft corn tortilla for purchase and I am now convinced this is the way to go.
The rice is AMAZING and as I said before, with all that butter in it, it takes a whole stick by the time you’re done, why would you expect any less!?
The Steak Tacos, mainly the steak and the sauce and salad, were OK. I guess I am a bit of a purist, and I don’t know if there was just too much going on, but I didn’t get a cohesive bite out of them. The flavor of the crema and the radish salad was competing for attention and everything needed a little more lime.
I think I would have liked it just simply the steak with the crema and a little cheese or no crema and the salad on top, more street taco style. Good enough, but I might tweak it in the end.
Make the tortillas ahead of time, you can even make them a day or two before if you want and warm them when ready to eat.
The rice will hold for 1-2 hrs on the stove in a covered pot. Start that first and let it hang out until your ready to eat.
Season your steak a little heavier than suggested. That’s my opinion, but I think it just needed a little more. And maybe choose one topping or the other…everything just got a little lost when you ate it.
Overall, I think I am a homemade corn tortilla convert, the Steak Tacos – meat and toppings need some work, and there isn’t anything to not love about that rice!
Until next time, Happy Cooking!
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!