Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rio Grande Rub Steaks

This was dinner last night. Zan bought a tri-tip and grilled iton his new grill. Instead of the salad, we added broccoli and mashed potatoes to the list. Amazing though, he was crowing about how good his dinner was when all he did was cook the steak. I made the mashed potatoes, the corn bread, the broccoli… LOL Men. J Got to say, however, he did do a good job on his part – the meat was tender and moist and yum-o!

Rio Grande Rub Steaks


4 (8 to 10-ounce, 1-inch thick) sirloin strip steaks
1 1/2 tablespoons (a palmful) ground Ancho chiles or dark chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons (a palmful) ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 large red onion, cut into 4 thick slices
Extra-virgin olive or vegetable oil, to coat
Salt and pepper

Serving suggestions:
Cracked Cornbread and Cheese Squares
Mexican Salad

Let steaks rest from refrigerator for a few minutes to take the chill off.

Preheat grill pan or indoor electric grill to high heat. Combine spice rub ingredients: ground Ancho chile, cumin, coriander, and cayenne. Rub spice blend into steaks.

Coat sliced red onion with a drizzle of oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill steaks and onion slices 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat. Let meat stand 5 minutes for juices to redistribute. Season steaks with salt. Top with separated rings of red grilled onions. Serve with hot Cracked Cornbread and Cheese Squares and Mexican Salad.

Cracked Corn and Cheese Squares:
1 (8 1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix, mixed to package directions
Softened butter, to grease baking dish
1/3 pound Monterey Jack or pepper Jack, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 scallions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with butter. Stir cheese, corn, and scallions into packaged mixed corn muffin batter.

Pour batter into baking dish and bake at 400 degrees F until golden, 15 to 18 minutes.

Yield: 4 + servings

Mexican Salad:
2 ripe avocados
3 vine-ripe tomatoes
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
Chopped cilantro, about 2 tablespoons
2 limes
Coarse salt
Extra virgin oil, for drizzling

Cut avocados in half, working around the pit. Separate the 2 halves. Remove pit and scoop out avocado flesh with a spoon. Wedge avocados and pile in the center of a large platter. Seed and wedge tomatoes and arrange around the avocados. Spread sliced onion over platter. Sprinkle platter with cilantro. Squeeze the juice of 2 limes evenly over vegetables. Season with coarse salt. Drizzle platter with oil and serve.

Yield: 4 servings