Friday, December 06, 2013

Steak on a Stick

Yesterday, I marinated some London broil & soaked bamboo skewers, fully intending to make dinner. However, we ended up going on a grocery store date to Busch's, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods. It made sense to go out to dinner, too, and eat in tonight. We'd stopped in Kruse & Muer a couple weeks ago, but were deterred by a long wait. This time, there were plenty of tables, so there we ate. Tonight, I went forward with our skewered meat, adding spiced green beans & a room temp cauliflower salad that sounded a little odd but was a big hit with Jeannene. If you don't like cumin, you'll want to choose other sides, because these are full of it! While the meat marinade is Asian in flavor and the rest leans more Indian, they went well together.

Steak on a Stick
3/4 lb. London broil, sliced into 1/4" strips
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/8 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. sake
1 tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. mustard seed (or dry mustard powder)
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix everything but the meat in a medium bowl or a ziploc bag. Add meat, tossing to make sure it is completely coated, and marinate at least 4 hours. Soak 4 bamboo skewers while marinating the meat. Skewer meat ribbon-style, 3-4 slices per stick. Broil or grill 3-4 minutes per side. Serves 2.

Cumin-Spiced Green Beans
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. chili powder
2 cups green beans, trimmed
Pinch salt

Melt butter in a skillet. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring. Add chili powder, salt, and green beans and cook a minute or two before covering. Once covered, reduce heat to low and cook 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 2.

Cumin-Jack Cauliflower Salad
1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp. cumin seeds
A big drizzle of olive oil
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz. Monterey Jack, in bite-size cubes
3 tbsp. sour cream 
A good grinding of pepper

Steam cauliflower 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Sauté onions, garlic, & cumin in olive oil until softened. Mix everything together. Serves 4.

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