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Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from Little Leopard Book’s 2nd Birthday Party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish for my upcoming web series, Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl, and to share here on Little Leopard Book.

Check out the video here on how to make these delicious mini tacos:

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead. To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!  For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Begin by adding the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

There’s still time to get on the guest list for Little Leopard Book’s private 2 year birthday party this Thursday at Bailiwick, check out our Facebook page for more details!

And be sure to tune in to “Taco Tuesday” on Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl next month where I’ll be showing you how to make these mini tacos and so much more!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.
  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.
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Chef Inspired Dish: Bailiwick, Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters with Jalapeño Thyme Sake Reduction

After reviewing the delicious Brunch at Bailiwick, I knew I had to return for my next “Chef Inspired Dish” segment with Chef Konstantin Plavnik!

Instead of brunch, we decided to re-create their most popular happy hour and dinner menu item, the Grilled Oysters with Thyme, Sake, Jalapeño Brown Butter.  Check it out!

Ingredients for Grilled Oysters

Ingredients

  • 6 large oysters
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 jalapeño (de-seeded & minced)
  • 4 slivers manchego cheese

Begin by shucking the oysters.

Next, add the sake to a small skillet over medium heat, cook until the sake begins to bubble then remove from the heat.

In a separate pan, add the butter and melt, next add the thyme and jalapeños. Brown the butter for 2 minutes. Bring the sake back up to a boil, then add the butter.

Jalapeño Sake Thyme Sauce

Next place the oysters on a grill over high heat. Spoon the sauce over the oysters,  cover and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Flame Grilled Oysters

Don’t worry if they catch a little flame, that’s supposed to happen 🙂

Add the cheese on top of the oysters, cover and grill for an additional minute, then remove from the grill and serve.

Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters with Jalapeño Butter

For my first Grilled Oyster experience, this one was epic!

Grilled Oysters with Sake Jalapeño Reduction

Thank you to Chef Konstantin Plavnik, Ali Grant of Be Social Public Relations and everyone at Bailiwick! Also a special thanks to the amazing videography work of Eric Lingle at Web Video Solutions.

To enjoy these delicious Grilled Oysters prepared by Chef Konstantin, visit Bailiwick at 756 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101.

Brunching at Bailiwick: Champagne in Bath Tubs, Chandeliers in Bird Cages and Chorizo in Poussin

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On Friday night I ventured into the rainy streets of downtown San Diego, stilettos and all, for the Details Matter launch party!  The party happened to be at a new, local, totally unique and totally awesome venue downtown, Bailiwick.  Of course, I was not at all surprised, a cutting edge app must have a cutting edge launch party at a cutting edge venue, obvi!

Oh yeah, about that cutting edge app, you all should download it on your iPhone or Android!  Just search: Details Matter in the app store, you’ll love the design and the app itself gives great ideas for dates and fun things to do! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Now back to that amazing venue, they had me at we have champagne in a bathtub”but I was totally hooked after meeting their chef Konstantin.  He was fun, friendly and excited to talk food with me (which wins me over every time!)

He invited me back for brunch the next morning and I immediately accepted!

As you stroll into Bailiwick, you can’t help but notice all of the details in the decor.

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From the giant chandelier hanging at the entrance to the peacock kicking it on the wall behind the bar!

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Oh, and I love the sign, “Work Hard and Be Nice”, pretty much my life motto!

Also, what’s more unforgettable than a bathtub full of champagne?

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Maybe a chandelier in a birdcage?

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All around awesome decor, then you throw in $15 bottomless mimosas on top of the amazing ambiance… winning!

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Oh, and now you’re going to tell me the food is amazing too? Yes, yes I am!

We started with their Breakfast Cheese Plate consisting of Toast, Mango, Dragon Fruit, Honey Yogurt, Swiss and Ricotta.

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The combination of salty cheese, sweet mango and tart yogurt was delicious!

For the main course I ordered Chef Konstantin’s recommendation, the Chorizo Stuffed Poussin with Quinoa and Bourbon Maple Syrup. That pretty much just sounds like one delectable plate of food, right?

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And it was!

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I swear, I could eat the skin on that Poussin all day, add the added sweetness from the Bourbon Maple Syrup, amazing!

Both friends I came with ordered the Omelet with Pancetta Tots.

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Salty pancetta, potatoes, eggs, veggies and toast, it’s the traditional breakfast plate, kicked up a notch!

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Just when we thought we were finished our friend who launched the app Friday night strolled in and sat next to us.  He then proceeded to order Mini Waffles, which we obviously then had to have!

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We’ll just call this the “dessert portion” of brunch!

Between the service, ambiance, food and drinks, this place is firing high on all cylinders and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy dinner here soon!

If you would like to visit Bailiwick to check out all of the awesome things they have going on, they are located at: 756 5th Avenue, San Diego, California 92101.  You can also visit them online at Bailiwicksd.comFacebook and Twitter!