Wednesday, August 3, 2011

take my word for it wednesday..steak edition

i recently got a nice sized tri tip for sunday supper..it was on sale.. now anyone who knows me knows i am  a sucker for a sale.. actually i try not to buy anything thats not on sale.. i am not one of those extreme couponers, though i kinda wish i was.. so for sunday supper i grilled it and we had steak, steak fries and a salad.. then the next night we had a wonderful steak salad with fresh veggies and spicy smoky thousand island dressing.. then last night (i still had alot left over) pete  made himself a steak quesadilla which he declared a work of art.. whereas i took a couple of slices of meat put on a roll with my smokey spicy thousand island dressing and had a sandwich... now you have to take my word for it.. these recipes were awesome!! and i really wish i had taken a pic of salad it was very pretty!!  I was inspired by this recipe here for the steak.. but didn't follow it exactly..

grilled tri tip

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 25 minutes
servings: approx. 4-6

ingredients:

3 lb. tri tip roast
1/2 cup olive oil

seasoning salt mixture:

2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. white pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tbls. garlic powder
2 tbls. salt

combine all dry ingredients together.. slaher your roast in olive oil then rub seasoning salt on.. set aside for approx. 30 minutes at room temperature... cook over a medium heat on your grill. i cooked mine with the fat side down when it started to get crispy i flipped it over.. about 11-13 minutes per side..(we like ours medium rare (a little on the rare side) you can cook yours longer depending on how you like your like your steaks) remove from grill and let rest for 10-15 minutes so the juices redistribute.. cut against the grain and serve with steak fries and a salad..

steak chopped salad

prep time: 20 minutes
servings: approx. 2

ingredients:

1 head ice burg lettuce, chopped , divided in to 2 (since this was dinner i used more lettuce than i would for lunch)
4 thick slices of steak, chopped
1 can three bean salad, drained, divided in to 2
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed, divided in to 2
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, divided in to 2
1 tomato, chopped, divided in to 2
1/2 purple onion, chopped, divided in to 2

in 2 separate salad bowls combine ingredients and drizzle with smokey spicy thousand island dressing..

smokey spicy thousand island dressing

prep time: 10 minutes
servings: approx. 2

ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbls. ketchup
2 tbls. relish
1 tbls. finely chopped onion
2 tsp. liquid smoke
2 tsp. smokey paprika
2 tsp. chipolte chile powder
2 tsp. ancho chile powder

combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate before serving.


quesadilla

2 flour tortilla's
2 thick slices of steak sliced into strips
pico de gullo (recipe found here)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese you like, pepper jack.. monteray jack.. etc..)
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos
hot sauce (we love pico pica)
sour cream
butter or pam

sprinkle 1/2 the cheese on the bottom tortilla, lay steak, pico, jalapenos and the remaining cheese.. top with other tortilla.. spray a medium sized frying pan with pam and cook quesadilla like you would a grilled cheese flipping once.. when it starts to brown and get slightly crispy.. remove from pan to a plate.. using a pizza cutter into triangle wedges.. serve with hot sauce and sour cream..

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