Showing posts with label steak recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label steak recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Into Grill Season: Mouthwatering Steaks

From Denny: Now that Spring weather has arrived you might want to get that grill cleaned up and ready for a mouth-watering steak. Chef Big Lou Elrose, the executive pit master at New York City's Wildwood BBQ, shares his successful recipe for spice rubbed pork steaks with apple bourbon barbecue sauce and grilled green beans.

Chef Elrose gave a few tips about his spice rub. He suggested you make it up at least a couple of hours before you wish to use it so the spices have time to blend together. He makes his rub months ahead of time and stores it in a shaker, ready to go. Since it has so much brown sugar in it you might want to refrigerate it, depending upon where you live.

Preparing the grill, Chef Elrose scrubs it down with a scrunched up piece of aluminum foil when his scrub brush is worn down or it's been misplaced. Then, to oil the grill, he places oil on a towel, and, with long tongs he oils the grill carefully. You can get flare-ups so be sure to use long tongs and stand away from the grill as you work. He also suggests leaving the rub to rest on the meat for at least 15 to 20 minutes before placing on the grill to cook.

Enjoy his simple but tasty recipes! Let the summer grilling begin... :)


Recipes Featured:

Big Lou's Grilled Pork Strip Steak
Big Lou's All Purpose Rub
Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce
Grilled Garlic Green Beans





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Big Lou's Grilled Pork Strip Steak

INGREDIENTS:

Two 1/2 pound Pork Top Strip Steak (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS for Big Lou's All Purpose Rub:

2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon Ancho chili power
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients for the all purpose rub. Set aside.

Light grill to med-med high. Rub pork steaks with the all purpose rub then grill to an internal temperature of 160°F, about 8-10min. Just before removing from grill, brush with the Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce (recipe below). Allow to rest a few minutes, then slice and serve. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.





Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup course grated apple
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup bourbon
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup DR. Pepper soda
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
6 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and cook onions for 6-7 minutes over medium heat then add the grated apple, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and bourbon. In a separate pot heat the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Combine with the apple bourbon mixture and enjoy!





Grilled Garlic Green Beans

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic; chopped
2 cups green beans; blanched
Salt & pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS:

Over a medium high grill or stove top, heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and toast just until it begins to brown. Add the green beans and toss to goat with the butter and garlic. Cook until the beans have warmed through about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Food: Chef Kellers Marinated Skirt Steak, Ice Cream Sandwiches

From Denny: I just love it when great chefs are out promoting their latest cookbook and go on network TV to demo some recipes. You always learn something new, polish your skills and pick up some interesting recipes! Chef Thomas Keller is known for emphasizing local ingredients like green garlic and the many different ways it can be applied to tasty dishes.

Chef Keller is author of the New York Times Best Seller cookbook "At Hoc At Home." As a famous Napa Valley chef and restaurant owner he has a unique take on springtime food.

The Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival will take place on April 8 - 11 in California. Count on Chef Keller to be there this year too as he has participated for many years. It's a convergence of the creme de la creme of the culinary arts world tasting wine and demonstrating recipes while playing golf. Not a bad gig! :) This year there will be 70 chefs swarming the festival and over 250 wineries.

Chef Keller enjoys working with the Pebble Beach local ingredients, especially garlic, as it is one of the specialties of this area. Keller teaches there are many uses for garlic, from roasted garlic to garlic confit, working in a wide spectrum of dishes from pastas to salads.

Check out his easy to make and economical marinated skirt steak you can serve year round. And he gives divine recipes for your own homemade ice cream too! Just in time for the warmer Spring weather sweeping across America.

Take a look and learn a few new things. Did you know that adding salt to boiling water elevates the temperature? Check out other quick facts chef mentions as he demonstrates his easy to do Spring menu.




Check it out: "Ad Hoc at Home" By Thomas Keller - discounted over at Amazon.


Recipes Featured:

Marinated Skirt Steak
Marinated Cucumbers
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream





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Marinated Skirt Steak

SERVES: 6

MARINADE

6 thyme sprigs
Two 8-inch rosemary sprigs
4 small bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
5 garlic cloves, smashed, skin left on
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
Six 8-ounce trimmed outer skirt steaks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter
4 thyme sprigs
2 garlic cloves, smashed, skin left on


DIRECTIONS

Skirt steak, part of the diaphragm, is a very flavorful cut. There are two sections of the skirt, an outside muscle and an inside muscle. The inside muscle is smaller, a little more uneven, and a little tougher than the outer skirt, which we prefer. The outer skirt is still a tough cut of meat and, because it's served medium-rare, not tenderized through long cooking, you need to slice it across the grain, straight down (thereby shortening the long muscle fibers that otherwise make it tough), to ensure that it's tender. The marinade we use here, with abundant herbs and garlic, is excellent for all cuts of beef.

Combine the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, peppercorns, garlic, and oil in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let the marinade cool to room temperature. Pull away the excess fat from the skirt steak and discard. If necessary, trim the steak of any silver skin. Cut crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Put in a dish or a resealable plastic bag, add the marinade, and cover the dish or seal the bag, squeezing out excess air. Marinate for at least 4 hours, or for up to a day, in the refrigerator.

Remove the meat from the marinade and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking; discard the marinade. Dry the meat with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Heat some canola oil in a large frying pan over high heat. When it shimmers, add half the meat and quickly brown the first side. Turn the meat and, working quickly, add 1 tablespoon of the butter, 2 thyme sprigs, and 1 garlic clove and brown the meat on the second side, basting constantly; the entire cooking process should take only about 11/2 minutes. Transfer the meat to the rack and spoon the butter, garlic, and thyme over the top. Wipe the pan and repeat with the remaining steaks.

Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the center of the meat registers about 125°F. Remove from the oven and let the meat rest on the rack in a warm place for about 10 minutes for medium-rare.

Arrange the steak on a serving platter, or slice each piece against the grain, cutting straight down, and arrange on the platter. Garnish with the garlic and thyme.





Marinated Cucumbers

MAKES: ABOUT 3 CUPS

INGREDIENTS

6 small cucumbers (5 to 6 ounces each) or 2 pounds medium cucumbers
3/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cut off the ends of the cucumbers and peel them. Seed the cucumbers if desired: cut the cucumbers lengthwise in half and use a small spoon to scrape out the seeds. Cut the cucumbers into half rounds, or into rounds (if you didn't seed them), batons, wedges, or any shape you like. Combine the vinegar, oil, red pepper, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Put the cucumbers in a canning jar or other storage container and pour the liquid over the top. Refrigerate for at least 1 day, or for up to 2 weeks. Before serving, remove any solidified oil from the top of the liquid and discard. Serve cold.





Ice Cream Sandwiches

MAKES: 12 ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

INGREDIENTS

1 quart homemade ice cream (see below), just spun, or store-bought ice cream, softened

Twenty-four 2- to 3-inch cookies

DIRECTIONS

My fondness for this American classic is so well-known that my French pastry chef at per se created a four-star version. But here's a simple version that's hard to beat. You can use any kind of cookie and any kind of ice cream. Simply spread the soft ice cream on a quarter sheet pan and freeze it until firm, then use the same cutter you used for the cookies to cut out squares or rounds of ice cream and sandwich them between the cookies. Kids love this, but it's also a fabulous adult dessert.

You can use just one kind or a variety of ice cream flavors and cookies. Some of our favorite combinations are Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 326) with Vanilla Ice Cream (page 319), Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (page 327) with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (page 320), and Linzer Cookies (page 331) with Chocolate Ice Cream (page 319).

Line a quarter sheet pan with a piece of plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on both long sides. Spread the ice cream in an even layer in the pan. Fold over the plastic and freeze until firm.

Lift up the edges of the plastic wrap to remove the ice cream. Have a bowl of hot water at your side. Using the cutter you used to make the cookies or a knife, cut squares or rounds of ice cream slightly smaller than the cookies, dipping the cutter or knife in the hot water and drying it with a towel before making each cut. Assemble the sandwiches and serve immediately, or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 days.





Vanilla Ice Cream

MAKES: A GENEROUS 1 QUART

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 tablespoon vanilla paste
10 large egg yolks
Pinch of kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Pour the milk and cream into a large saucepan, and add half cup of the sugar. With a paring knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean, if using, and add them to the liquid, along with the pod. Or stir in the vanilla paste. Bring to just below a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar; a skin will form on top and the liquid should just begin to bubble. Remove the pan from the heat and let steep, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean from the pan, if you used it. Return the pan to the heat and heat until the milk is just below a simmer.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar and the yolks in a bowl until slightly thickened and the whisk leaves a trail. Slowly, while whisking, add about half cup of the hot milk mixture to the yolks, then whisk in the remaining milk mixture. Set a fine-mesh basket strainer over a clean saucepan and strain the liquid into the pan.

Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl and set a medium bowl in the ice bath; have a strainer ready. Put the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides often with a wooden spoon, until steam begins to rise from the surface and the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon. Strain into the bowl, add the salt, and let cool, stirring from time to time.

Refrigerate until cold or, preferably, overnight.

Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the texture is "soft serve," transfer to a storage container and freeze to harden. (The ice cream is best eaten within a day, but it can be made several days ahead.)





Chocolate Ice Cream

MAKES: A GENEROUS 1 QUART

INGREDIENTS

7 ounces 55% chocolate cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
11/2 cups granulated sugar
10 large egg yolks
Pinch of kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water.

Pour the milk and cream into a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until warm. Reduce the heat to medium, whisk in the melted chocolate, and heat until just below a simmer. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar and yolks in a medium bowl until slightly thickened and the whisk leaves a trail. Slowly, whisking constantly, add about H cup of the hot liquid to the yolks, then whisk in the remaining liquid. Set a fine-mesh basket strainer over a clean saucepan and strain the liquid into the pan.

Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. Set a medium bowl in the ice bath; have a strainer ready.
Put the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides often with a wooden spoon, until steam begins to rise from the surface and the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon. Strain into the bowl, add the salt, and let cool, stirring from time to time.

Refrigerate until cold or, preferably, overnight.

Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the texture is "soft serve," transfer to a storage container and freeze to harden. (The ice cream is best eaten within a day, but it can be made several days ahead.)




Check it out: "Ad Hoc at Home" By Thomas Keller - discounted over at Amazon.




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