Roll Your Own Flank Steak

Here is a variation on the famous Bavarian round steak. A little Southern California fusion added to it.

INGREDIENTS:
1.25 to 1.5 pound flank steak. Pound if you like with a proper meat tenderizer
2 Tablespoons prepared mustard. I like Grey Poupon.
1 – 1/2 cups of dry San Francisco sourdough bread cubes
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning (or your own favorite poultry seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Your favorite clear French salad dressing. I like to add a few cloves of fresh crushed garlic
Meat skewers or long wooden cooking skewers
Cooking string, the kind you use to truss a turkey

DIRECTIONS:
Score both sides of the flank steak lightly with a sharp knife. Spread one side with mustard. Combine bread cubes, onion, celery, butter and your favorite poultry seasoning in a bowl and mix well. Spread over the mustard on the steak.

Roll up the flank steak. Secure the shape with skewers or large toothpicks. Lace tightly with cooking string. Make sure to secure both ends (edges). If you have a rotating spit, place on holding forks and get it on the roll.

If you’re not lucky enough to have an electric spit. Simply turn the roll around 8 – 10 minutes until done. About 35 minutes on a hot grill. Baste freguently with French dressing, Remove let rest before cutting off the string and removing skewers cut into round servings and amaze your grilling guests.

Goes well with small potatoes or real German style potato salad. Nice with a glass of slightly sweet white wine.

Attributed to: Dreams of old town Regensburg.

Minute by Minute Garlic Steaks

This is a very quick recipe that can amaze your friends and guests in general. Ask your butcher for the best boneless cut and have him or her cut it very thin. Minute steak style. Round steak or sirloin. If you grill them fast enough they will stay tender.

INGREDIENTS:
6 thin cut round steak or sirloins
Garlic butter – 1/4 cup butter mashed with 1 clove minced garlic
Juice of one lemon
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Thin sliced french bread or split baguettes
Salt and pepper to taste
You’ll need an extra large sheet of Heavy Duty aluminum foil

DIRECTIONS:
Take a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and pull out enough to cover a good portion of your grill. Crimp or roll up the edges to make a grill pan. Melt the garlic butter in the pan, on the grill over medium to hot coals. Toast the french bread slices or the split baguette on the edge of the foil pan (over the coals).

Dip the steaks into the garlic butter and coat on both sides. Then cook steaks on the foil for a minute to 2 minutes per side. Place the steaks on the outer edge. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the foil and add the 2 Tablespoons of Worcesterhire sauce.

Quickly coat each steak through the sauce. Be careful not to over cook. I like to place each steak on a warm half or a baguette or thick toasted piece of French bread. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top. Add salt and pepper just before serving.

Attributed to: Trips through Gilroy, CA on a hot summer day.

Chuck Steak from Marinade to Mouth in a Snap

It is the special marinade that makes this steak recipe so delicious and fancy. Fire up the grill to get it very hot and broil that big ol’ chuck to perfection.

INGREDIENTS:
2 to 3 pound Chuck Steak, cut about 1/2 inch thick
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 cup of chopped white onion
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 clove garlic, chopped and minced

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in a heavy seal-able bag. I like to use a heavy duty Zip-loc Freezer bag. Add the steak and marinate for at least 3 or 4 hours in the fridge. Overnight is best. Turn the steak in the bag often.

Remove steak from bag. Use remaining marinade for basting. Discard the rest if left uncooked. On an extremely hot grill, broil the steak until done. Probably 30 minutes or so.

Test doneness with a meat thermometer without piercing the meat too deeply. Turn once during broiling. Let rest and serve from a hot platter.

Foster’s Favorite Rotisserie Round

If you are lucky enough to have a motorized rotating spit attachable to a grill or fire pit, this recipe is for you. If you don’t, go get one and be lucky enough.

INGREDIENTS:
One 2.5 to 3 inch Eye-of-Round steak
Your favorite seasoned pepper
1 cup of Ketchup
1/3 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
Cup of water
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 minced clove of garlic

DIRECTIONS:
Coat the surface of the Eye-of-Round with your favorite seasoned pepper. About 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning per pound of steak. Take a sharp fork with long tines and pierce the steak deeply at 1/4 inch intervals all over the surface.

Combine the ketchup, Worcestershire and the remaining ingredients in a sauce pan. Simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Place steak on spit and tie the steak with baking cord. Roast on slow setting of motorized spit for about an hour and a half. Baste constantly with the sauce. Place a sauce boat underneath to catch excess and use for basting. Test for desired doneness with a meat thermometer.

If you have extra sauce blend it into drippings from sauce boat. Bring to a quick boil stirring constantly while meat rests. After about ten minutes of resting, serve steak with thick slices cut against the grain for the most tender slicing duty for your guests. Serve with sauces ladeled across the top or on the side.

Goes well with: Everything!

Attributed to: My Mecco motorized spit.

Spanky’s Porterhouse Steak

Serves: 3 or 4

Here is a traditional Porterhouse recipe with a special filling of white onion. South Carolina’s Mike Miller from W. Columbia’s — his dog Spanky would have loved a bite of this.

INGREDIENTS:
1 – three pound Porterhouse cut. Sliced at least 2 inches thick.
3/4 of a cup of chopped Bermuda onions
3 cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
Celery salt, salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons of cooking sherry
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce

For a butter braised mushroom topping, 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/4 Cup of butter

DIRECTIONS:
Turn the steak bone edge down, fat side up. Carefully slit the steak from the fat side into the lean, creating a envelope almost to the bone. Stir onion, garlic, celery salt and a dash of pepper. Stuff this mixture into the steak.

Mix cooking sherry and soy sauce and brush onto surface of steak. Grill over hot coals until thermometer reads at least 140 degrees for rare to 165 or 170 for well done. Cooking should take about 12 minutes on first side and about 8 or more for second side. Keep sizzling with basting sauce.

Heat butter and sliced mushrooms in a grill top skillet until tender. Pour over steak when plated serve hot and watch peoples eyes get wide when they see the onions on their first slice.

Always save one bite for your favorite pet!

Inspired by: Spanky Miller

Fondue Bourguignone

When working up steaks on a hot grill, nothing goes better than cubes of steak served as a grilling time appetizer. Break out the oil and the Fondue and let your guests get the taste buds ready for action with this one.

INGREDIENTS:
2 pounds of steak fillet (at least 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick)
1 Tablespoon oil
2 shallots, chopped into fine pieces
1 clove garlic, crushed
14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato puree (from paste tube or tin)
1 Tablespoon lightly chopped parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oil in a saucepan until it pops. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Lower heat to medium. Add the garlic and the chopped tomatoes with their juice from the can. Bring to a simmer add the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper.

Simmer the tomato sauce mix for about 30 minutes allowing it to thicken. Stir in the parsley and pour into a dipping bowl or into individual dipping trays. In the meantime fire up the fondue and bring about 1 to 1 – 1/2 to 2 inches of oil to a boil. Control heat to avoid smoke.

Slice the steak into 1 inch cubes, lightly season with fresh ground black pepper and coarse Sea Salt directly before serving ready for immersion into the hot oil of the fondue. Pass out the fondue forks and offer the tomato sauce as a finishing dip.

Attributed to: A memory of Switzerland all along the Alpe de Suisse.

Foster’s Favorite Tequila Shooter Chase Car

Tradition can give way to an interesting variation when it comes to lemon and salt after every Tequila shot. Here’s a recipe I created on a weekend in Baja California. And no. I wasn’t wasting away again in Margaritaville.

INGREDIENTS:
1 – 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice. Fresh squeezed is best.
1 Tablespoon Grenadine
1 Tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce. I prefer Cholula for this one.

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients using a spoon or a bartender’s mixing cup. Do not blend. The unique pairing of hot and sweet needs to be maintained. This helps to enrich the flavor as each replaces the more robust elements of the preceding shot of Tequila.

Shoot a shot of Tequila. Pause judiciously. Sip a shot of this smooth yet spicy chaser. Repeat.

Attributed to: A small saloon on the Northeast entrance to Old San Felipe.

Grilled Peaches

Marilyn says, that this recipe can be multiplied easily for a large crowd. Just increase the number of packets. Fruit off the grill? Ooooh that is good. I’m telling you…

INGREDIENTS:
4 large peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 Tablespoons dairy sour cream

DIRECTIONS:
Cut four 12 – inch pieces of heavy-duty foil. Divide peaches between four packets, placing in center of foil. Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and sour cream to each packet. Bring up the edges of foil and seal, leaving a little space for expansion of steam.

Set up grill for a medium heat fire, and portion coals to one side or an outer ring for indirect cooking. Place the foil packets in the center of the cooking grate. Grill 8 minutes until tender, turning once halfway through the grilling time.

Attributed to: Marilyn Ashbaugh

Bill Nixon’s Grilled Banana Peppers Botanas

Susan says that her husband, who I am pretty sure is named Bill Nixon, loves to make this recipe from garden fresh banana peppers grown in their garden in Mexico where they are called “botanas.”

INGREDIENTS:
12 fresh, mildly hot banana or Anaheim peppers
1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped raw pistachios
4 green onions with tops, chopped
Paprika to garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Wash and cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing the seeds and veins. In a blender or food processor bowl combine cream cheese, mustard, and garlic. Cover; blend or process until smooth. Add pistachios and onions; mix well.

Prepare grill, fired to a medium heat and set up as indirect. Place peppers on grill, cut side up. Grill 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until tender and charred evenly on all sides.

Fill pepper halves with equal amounts of cream cheese mixture and garnish with a dash of paprika.

Attributed to: Susan Cipcic

Grilled Tenderloin with Mustard Garlic Sauce

Take your typical beef tenderloin marinade and punch it up when served with this delicious mustard and garlic infused sauce.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Beef tenderloin (about 4 – 6 pounds)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Garlic Mustard Sauce
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS:
In your favorite basting bowl combine 2 cloves minced garlic, olive oil, Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Stir well and rub mixture over the surface of the beef tenderloin.

Set up coals for a central heating area with a space on one side devoid of coals. When coals are ready. Place the tenderloin on the center of your grill’s cooking grate. Sear over high heat for 3 minutes and turn. Move tenderloin over an area of the grill where there are no coals for indirect cooking. Cook until done, about 40 to 50 more minutes or until meat thermometer registers 140 degrees for rare.

Allow roast to stand for 10 to 15 minutes on a warm platter. Carve by slicing thinly across the grain of the meat. Serve with the following Mustard Garlic sauce.

MUSTARD GARLIC SAUCE: Combine yogurt, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve. Makes about 1 – 1/4 cups of sauce.

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