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Steak & Onion Taco

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Steak & Onion Taco

Steak, grilled onions & melty cheese. #justmakeit

Makes 4 tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 3/4 pounds thinly steak (NY, sirloin, filet, flank, skirt - pretty much whatever thinly sliced)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, or
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • ½ cup romaine lettuce, finely shredded (preferably from the fatter, crunchier end)
  • 4 -6 inch corn or flour tortillas

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce (the ketchup kind)
  • 1 tablespoon capers with a tiny drizzle of caper juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and set aside
  2. Heat a medium non stick pan with a tablespoon of oil and add onions
  3. Cook over low/medium until golden and beautifully softened, 5-7 minutes, set aside and keep warm
  4. Using same pan, turn heat to high, and just before it smokes add a little more oil and the steak, salt, black pepper or steak seasoning – cook a couple minutes stirring quickly
  5. In the pan, make 4 piles of the steak and add cheese to each on each, cover with a lid for another 30 seconds
  6. Build taco: tortilla, sauce, lettuce, steak/cheese and onions.

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Oven Smoked Beef Ribs

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Oven Smoked Beef Ribs

No smoker? No worry, cause these are so delicious and cook just in the oven. 


Makes approximately 4 ribs

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds beef back ribs
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 275
  2. Put ribs on a large sheet of foil, and brush with liquid smoke, then liberally with mustard
  3. Season well with salt & pepper and wrap tightly with foil - place in oven
  4. Bake 3-4 hours, checking after about 3 hours for your perfect level of tenderness - I like them very tender (just don’t tell anyone in Texas)
  5. Combine hoisin, honey, soy, 5 spice, sriracha and sesame oil - mix well and set aside
  6. When they’re ready, remove from oven and turn to broil
  7. Open carefully (there will be steam) and either pour out liquid in the foil and put back on robs, or put ribs on a rack
  8. Brush well with sauce and return to oven for until sauce starts to bubble
  9. Remove and devour, I mean serve.
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Beef Brisket

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Beef Brisket

Serves 6

As great as brisket is for dinner, it's fantastic and arguably better the next day for sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • One beef brisket, about 5 pounds
  • 1-12 ounce can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Mix garlic with oil and rub over brisket
  3. Put half the onions in the bottom of a roasting pan and put brisket on top of onions
  4. Combine remaining ingredients, mix well and spoon over top of brisket - top with remaining onions
  5. Cover tightly with lid or foil and bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours or longer until fork tender
  6. Let cool slightly and slice across grain to serve

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MISO MARINATED FLANK

Sometimes I forget how good flank steak is – this just brought the memories flooding back.

 

Ingredients

  • One 2 pound flank steak

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup white miso paste (available at most supermarkets)
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced

Basting sauce:

  • 2-3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and whisk until thoroughly mixed
  2. Put the flank and the marinade in a ziplock bag, seal and refrigerate 8 hours up to overnight
  3. Take steak from fridge 30 minutes before cooking
  4. In the meantime, add basting ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined
  5. Pre-heat grill to medium high for at least 10 minutes, remove flank from bag (throw away marinade) cook about 4 minutes on first side for medium rare. Flip steak over and brush the top with basting sauce, and cook 2nd side cook about 3 minutes or so, flip again and baste with more sauce.
  6. Take the steak off the grill, brush with more sauce, cover lightly with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes
  7. Slice into thin strips across grain to serve.

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Herbed Butter Chicken

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Herbed Butter Chicken

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I know what you're thinking, and if you thinking buttery, delicious and amazing… you're right. If that's not what you're thinking, maybe you should try this first.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup Finlandia butter*, room temperature
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley, 4 tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to high
  2. Put butter, parsley & black pepper in a small bowl and mix well to combine – set aside
  3. Place chicken breasts one at a time into a zip lock bag, add a little olive oil to each side and close bag
  4. Using something heavy like a bottle of olive oil or vodka (my favorite btw) pound them carefully to an even thickness - approx 1/2'' thick
  5. Remove from bag, season each breast well with Kosher salt and put on hot grill
  6. Place chicken on the heated grill, cook approximately 3 minutes then turn 45 degrees to create cross hatch marks – cook another 2 minutes
  7. Flip chicken over and spread another tablespoon of butter mixture on each breast
  8. Cook until bottom is just cooked, then flip and give the top side a coating of butter
  9. Take chicken off grill, brush with softened butter one last time and serve – in a sandwich, sliced on some pasta or use on a salad.

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Mongolian Beef

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Mongolian Beef

This old-school Chinese food classic just showed up in your kitchen. Have at it... 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb flank or skirt steak, cut against the grain, bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds


DIRECTIONS

  1. In medium bowl add corn starch and beef, coat the beef well but shake off excess - set aside.
  2. Heat a wok or skillet on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil then put in the minced garlic and ginger - stir and cook about a minute or until very fragrant, don't let it burn.
  3. Add soy sauce, water & brown sugar to the wok - mix and let boil about 2 minutes then add sesame oil; remove to a bowl.
  4. Put wok back on the heat with 1/4 cup of oil, when it gets hot add the beef and cook, stirring constantly until browned on all sides but not quite cooked all the way through - maybe 2 minutes
  5. Remove excess oil then put sauce back in with the beef and let simmer to thick a couple minutes
  6. Serve on rice, garnished with finely sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
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Herb Garlic Butter

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Herb Garlic Butter

Makes: 1/3 cup, approx.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time:  5minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed herbs – parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary etc
  • ½ stick Finlandia butter*, softened
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • Pinch Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl, and mix really well to combine
  2. Put mixture in the middle of a large piece of wax paper and roll into a tube and twist ends to make tight
  3. You could use right away, or refrigerate for up to a month or freeze for up to 3

* Finlandia butter is available at Vons, Albertsons, Safeway and Costco.

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Grilled Steak & Lobster

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Grilled Steak & Lobster

Serves4

Trust me, no one will be disappointed….

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 – 6 ounce steaks
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 lobster tails

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Remove steaks and tails from fridge 30 minutes before cooking
  2. Meanwhile, combine butter, thyme, mustard, lemon juice, garlic & salt in small pot over low heat until melted – keep warm.
  3. Using kitchen shears, cut right up the middle of the shell towards the tail, but not through the tail. Using the cut as your guide, use a knife to cut down through the meat but not through the bottom shell. Pull back the sides of the shell to expose the meat and brush well with the butter mixture – set aside.
  4. Heat grill to medium/high, rub steaks with olive oil, season with salt & pepper and cook about 5 minutes, flip and cook another 4 minutes or until done to your liking. Remove steaks from grill, cover with foil and let rest about 10 minutes.
  5. Place tails meat-side down for approximately 5-6 minutes, then turn and cook another 3-4 minutes or until done – basting of course. Serve steak and lobster with extra butter sauce
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Brisket Burgers with Poblanos & Onions

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Brisket Burgers with Poblanos & Onions

If you can find ground brisket for half of this, you'll be very happy cuz it'll add a ridiculously good beefy flavor.

Makes 6 burgers

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 2 - 1/2” thick slices yellow onion
  • Olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef, or
  • 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground brisket (ask a butcher, you’ll be so glad you did)
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • Ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced fine
  • 6 slices Muenster cheese
  • 6 buns - and use something good like a brioche

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat grill to medium high
  2. Lightly oil peppers and onions slices, and place on the grill
  3. Cook until peppers are fully blackened and onions are well marked - remove
  4. Let peppers sit until cool enough to handle, then using a paper towel, pull off blackened skin, cut in half and remove seeds
  5. Rough chop peppers and onions together - set aside
  6. While they cook, combine beef with brisket if using and season with salt & pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin and shape into 6 patties
  7. Put burgers on a medium hot grill and cook until desired temp (which should be medium rare, just sayin) adding cheese in the last few minutes of cooking
  8. Combine mayo, cilantro, garlic, pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon cumin - mix well
  9. Lightly oil buns, and place on the grill for color
  10. Build by putting some sauce on a bun, the burger with cheese, some of the peppers and onions and the top bun

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Loose Meat Sandwich

This is essentially a hamburger with no structure. And if ur not from where they're popular, you might think they sound gross. But they’re anything but - in fact they’re effing great!

Makes 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper & cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 hamburger buns, or rolls or whatever - some bread kinda thing
  • Butter for buns
  • 2 ounces French’s French Fried Onions

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook onion in oil until softened - about 5 minutes
  2. Add ground beef and continue cooking until just browned
  3. Add seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, mix well and add broth
  4. Simmer until the broth is gone - about 15 minutes
  5. Butter and toast or grill buns
  6. Put some loose meat on a bun, top with a layer of crispy onions and add top bun
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BEST CARNE ASADA FRIES, EVER!

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BEST CARNE ASADA FRIES, EVER!

Serves 4-6

A Southern California classic… never had em? You are in for a treat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch cilantro (no stems) chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Zest & juice of one lime
  • One flank steak – about 1.5 pounds
  • 1-28 ounce bag frozen French fries
  • About 2 cups shredded colby/jack cheese
  • Guacamole, and sour cream for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt & pepper, olive oil, lime juice and zest – mix well
  2. Put flank and marinade into a large Ziploc bag, zip shut and squish around to make sure flank is well covered
  3. Refrigerate 1-4 hours
  4. Heat grill to high and grill flank about 5 minutes each side
  5. Meanwhile, cook french fries according to package directions
  6. Slice flank into thins strips then rough chop into smaller pieces
  7. Put on top of cooked fries and top with cheese
  8. Microwave 30-60 seconds or until cheese melts
  9. Garnish with guacamole and sour cream

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BEST CHINESE STIR FRY SAUCE

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BEST CHINESE STIR FRY SAUCE

This is the 'little black dress' of stir fry sauces – good for chicken, beef, pork, veggies and seafood.

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, vegetable broth or even water
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or Tupperware and mix well
  2. Stir fry about 4 cups any combination of diced vegetables and/or seafood, chicken or beef
  3. When just done, add 1/2 to 2/3 of sauce, mix and let thicken slightly – about a minute and serve
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Steak, Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

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Steak, Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

BEST STEAK EVER.

One of my all time favorite foods, never fails to please.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 fat Ribeye steaks, removed from fridge 30 mins prior
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Big pinch Kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • instant-read thermometer  


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 450
  2. non stick medium skillet on medium/low heat, add oil and onions, cook 8-10 minutes until golden
  3. Add butter and brown sugar to onions, remove from heat, cover to keep warm
  4. Preheat cast iron skillet on high heat for about 10 minutes until smoking
  5. Rub little oil on both sides of steak, season well with Kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Add steak to hot skillet, cook 2 minutes flip cook 1 minute, place cast iron pan in hot oven
  7. Stand by, using an instant read thermometer, check temperature in the middle is 131-135 for medium rare, I like to take out at 130 and let it sit
  8. Top with blue cheese crumbles, tent with foil for 10 minutes to let meat rest
  9. Serve sliced on bed of onions, enjoy!
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Leftover Steak & Caramelized red onion Naan

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Leftover Steak & Caramelized red onion Naan

This is so delicious. A great party food appetizer, if you are entertaining, the blue cheese pairs well with good bottle of red. 

Serves 2 as appetizer

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb leftover pre-cooked chilled steak (I used filet, but anything you like)
  • 1 naan bread
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat broiler
  2. In medium skillet on low heat, add butter, oil and red onions cook for 5 minutes or until sugars release and gets sticky
  3. Add brown sugar to onions, cook 3 minutes
  4. In small pot on med/low heat, bring balsamic vinegar to simmer, turn down as low as possible, reduce vinegar until consistency of maple syrup
  5. In dry skillet heat naan for 1 minute each side, just to soften, put to one side
  6. In skillet, high heat, lightly oiled, add waffer thin sliced steak, cook 1 minute
  7. Build: naan, generous layer red onions, steak, top with blue cheese
  8. Broil on high 1 minute
  9. Evenly drizzle over 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction, cut and eat.
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LEFTOVER PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLIDER

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LEFTOVER PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLIDER

Next time you are cooking steak, cook and extra one or keep any leftovers and make this the next day. Love this. Love this! It only takes 10-15 minutes

Makes 2 sliders

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 green peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced semi circles
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 lb pre-cooked chilled steak, sliced very thinly (I used ribeye... use whatever you have)
  • 4 Crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 Provolone cheese slices 
  • 2 crusty rolls, oiled or buttered

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat large skillet medium/high heat, add teaspoon oil, green peppers and onions, cook 5 minutes until softened
  2. In separate skillet, add teaspoon oil, cook mushrooms 2 minutes
  3. Add in cooked onions, peppers and soy, cook 1 minute
  4. Grill your roll until golden
  5. In separate skillet on high heat, add teaspoon oil, reheat steak 1 minute
  6. Layer cheese slices on top of steak, cook 30 seconds
  7. Build: roll, veggies, steak/cheese, veggies and eat!
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GRILLED STEAK SALAD

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GRILLED STEAK SALAD

This is a staple meal in our house – protein with a bunch of greens, so quick and delicious. I can get it on the table in 10 minutes.

Serves 2, as an appetizer

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 boneless New York steak
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 10 grape tomates, halved
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • big handful watercress
  • big handful baby arugula
  • big handful frozen peas
  • 1/4 sliced onion
  • handful blue cheese crumbles

DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • big pinch Kosher salt
  • 6 grind fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijion mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 lemoon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat dry cast iron pan or skillet until smoking hot
  2. Throw all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well
  3. Rub steak with little oil and season well on both sides
  4. Cook steak for 3 minutes, flip cook 2 minutes – let meat rest 3 minutes
  5. While thats cooking, defrost peas in a collinder under running hot water for 1 minute 
  6. In large bowl, drizzle 3 tablespoonsof dressing over leaves, onion, avo, tomatoes and peas, toss the salad
  7. Crumble over the blue cheese
  8. Serve the salad, topped with sliced steak (cutting against the grain), drizzle over a little more dressing.

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(btw... in the video, I forgot the red onion and blue cheese, doohhhh!) 

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Grilled Stuffed Teriyaki Pineapple Burgers Recipe

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Grilled Stuffed Teriyaki Pineapple Burgers Recipe

I suggest trying a stuffed burger. And this one has sautéed onions and Swiss cheese.

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • Iceberg lettuce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook onions with butter in a non-stick pan until softened, season with salt & pepper and set aside.
  2. Flatten beef into 4 patties, and using your hands or burger press, make a pocket in two of them. Put half the onion and one piece of cheese (folded to fit) into the pockets and top with second patty. Season each stuffed burger well with salt & pepper.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high and put on the burgers and pineapple slices. Cook until done on one side, then flip them over, and begin brushing both with teriyaki. When both sides of burgers and pineapple are almost done, add more sauce, then toast buns on the grill.
  4. Build burger: bun bottom, lettuce, burger, pineapple slices, bun top.

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