I was scrolling through Facebook that night after the the results were announced and found this post from one of my favorite people, Cathi Kern:
“Gobama!! I knew having Barackos for dinner would bring good luck!”
I just loved the statement—and considering President Obama was born in Hawaii, and we were having “Hawaiian Tacos” for dinner the night he won the election—I have decided to steal Cathi’s term for tacos.
Regardless your political leanings, the Barackos are delicious.
Barackos (recipe adapted from BHG, Feb. 2007—Hawaiian Tacos)
1 1/4 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
dash hot pepper sauce (optional)
12 taco shells
1 recipe Hawaiian Pineapple Salsa (see recipe below)
1 c. grated fiesta blend or sharp cheddar cheese
In a large skillet cook sausage, onion, and garlic, until meat is browned and onion is tender. Stir to break up and crumble the sausage. Drain off fat. Stir in dash of hot pepper sauce. Spoon meat mixture into taco shells. Top with Hawaiian Pineapple salsa and sprinkle with cheese.
Hawaiian Pineapple Salsa: Combine 3 chopped Roma tomatoes, 1/3 c. chopped onion, 1 chopped cucumber, 1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits (drained), 1 fresh, chopped and seeded jalapeno pepper, 2 T. snipped fresh cilantro, and 1 T. packed brown sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Serve immediately or chill in fridge for up to 2 hours. If refrigerated for more than 30 minutes, serve salsa with a slotted spoon.