Grilled Steak Kebabs with Garlic Ginger Dressing Thursday, Jun 21 2012 

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil; more for brushing
1 Tbs. finely grated ginger
1 Tbs. green Tabasco or other jalapeño hot sauce
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1 small to medium clove garlic, finely grated or minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 lb. 1-inch-thick boneless beef strip steaks (2 to 3 steaks), trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
6 to 8 bamboo skewers (at least 8 inches long), soaked in water for at least 20 minutes
1 large red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-1/4- to 1-1/2- inch squares
6 to 8 pita breads, preferably pocketless
2 cups shredded lettuce, preferably a crisp variety like iceberg or romaine

In a 1-cup liquid measuring cup, whisk the 1/2 cup oil with the ginger, Tabasco, vinegar, garlic, 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Thread four cubes of meat onto each skewer, inserting a red pepper square between the cubes. (You may not need all the skewers.) Brush the kebabs with oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

Just before grilling, lightly oil the grill grates. Set the kebabs on the grill and cook, with the lid closed, turning every 2 min., 4 to 6 min. total for medium rare. Warm the pitas on the grill.

To serve, slide each kebab off its skewer into a pita. Top each with some of the lettuce. Whisk the dressing to recombine and drizzle over the meat and vegetables.

8 Servings
Per serving: Calories 400; Fat 19g (Sat. 4g, Mono 12g, Poly 2g); Protein 20g; Carbohydrates 35g; Sodium 540mg; Cholesterol 35mg; Fiber 2g


Fine Cooking Picnics and Cookbooks 2011, page 53

Steak and Blue Cheese Panini Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

2 Strip steaks, about 1 1/2 inches thick, sliced thin crosswise
Salt and Pepper
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
8 slices thick cut crusty bread

1. Pat steak dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook half of steak until browned all over, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate. Repeat with additional 2 teaspoons oil and remaining steak. Add onion and 1 teaspoon oil to now-empty skillet and cook until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Off heat, add vinegar and transfer onion to plate with meat.

2. Combine mayonnaise, blue cheese, and horseradish in small bowl. Brush remaining oil over 1 side of bread. Place bread, oiled side down, on cutting board. Spread each slice with flavored mayonnaise. Top 4 slices of bread with steak-onion mixture. Top with remaining bread, oiled side up.

3. Heat grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Place 2 sandwiches in pan and weight with Dutch oven. Cook sandwiches until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Serve.

Yield: Serves 4

Cook’s Country, February/March 2011


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