Thursday, May 1, 2008

Churrasco, baby!

Hey, it's Mr. J here again, the mystery chef (or shall I say guest chef in this blog.. hehehe). One day I felt like making a special dinner for my gorgeous wife, so I thought to myself there's no better way to show my love than to grill up some churrasco, baby...MMMMMM! I love to cook a tasty piece of meat, especially when its got that fat slightly marbled throughout the cut. When grilling, this type of meat is not as easily dried-out by the heat and delivers, in my opinion, a better flavor than super-lean cuts of meat. Follow closely as we cook up some awesome steak and side dishes that will have you smacking your lips!

Spice Rubbed Skirt Steak With Apple-Glazed Sweet Potato
1-1/4 lbs skirt steak (churrasco)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt

Ready, Set ... Remove Churrasco meat from refrigerator to let it come to room temperature. Rub lightly with olive oil, and coat evenly, (on both sides) with the spices: Cumin, ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and some chili powder. Rub well into meat. Now, most recipes I've seen ask you to make a special rub for the meat beforehand by combining a long list of ingredients (not that there's anything wrong with that...LOL), but for me I know what I like and when I am being lazy I can do it this way and still know that I am going to get a good flavor from my steak and seasoning without all of the fuss.

After seasoning, let the meat stand for about 30-45 minutes before heading off to the grill. This gives you ample time to get started on those sweet potatoes. Actually, you should've had them in the oven 15 minutes ago... :O)

Apple Glazed Sweet Potato
2 pcs good sized sweet potato
2 pcs large apple (Macintosh/Golden Delicious), diced
3/4 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

I upgraded this dish to almost like a dessert. For starters, get those potatoes cleaned up and dried. Take some butter and coat the outside and wrap in foil before placing them into the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
To make the glaze, I melted the butter in a pan over medium heat, then added the sugar and cinnamon to it. When the sugar has melted, I added the apples and just stirred them in to be coated with sweet butter-cinnamon mixture. I didn't let it stay long under the heat though because the apples are diced, red and delicious,but still not as firm as say a granny smith's apple -- So, it cooks pretty quick. Set the glaze aside until later.

When you have about 15 minutes left on your potatoes, get the grill going and start cooking your meat, after all its all about timing. Churrasco time! Go ahead and cook your meat about 4-6 minutes on each side over medium heat, for medium doneness. Don't forget to get the nice grill marks before flipping! The olive oil will help out with that since it has a lower burning temperature than regular oils. Focus on cooking the steak how you like it, because your potatoes will be ok until you get to them.
Once the meat is cooked set it off to the side and grab your sweet potatoes. Plate them first, pop 'em open, and add the glazed apples to the top of them. Start cutting into that churrasco and get some of that on your plate.

If you have some chimichurri sauce laying around go ahead and add that to your steak for more kick! If not, don't worry the steak will be great all on its own. We also had a mini-salad with our meal, nothing too special; simply a spring salad mix with tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It doesnt take a lot to have a special meal, just good timing! Enjoy!


Jescel said...

this was superb, honey! two thumbs up! :oD

The_Sphinx's World said...

hmm, this is really delicious! This will be one of my "must try" recipes.

Jescel said...

yeah.. let us know how it went for you!...

Chris said...

This looks stunning - I am a steak fan and your mash up here is mouth watering.

the 'other' Spice of Life

bbarker360 said...

CHURRASCO... Sounds good!!!
You should try El Rubio's Churrasco Seasoning!! It's a small spice company in Miami, FL. It's the owners grandfathers secret blend of spices that Miami's going crazy over!! They can't make it fast enough. I buy it from their web site Anyone that eats churrasco must try this. It's one step churrasco perfection!!

Anonymous said...

You have to try El Rubio's Churrasco Seasoning. It's the first & only seasoning created for Churrasco. It's now available on eBay, just search Churrasco seasoning. You will fall in love with it. Also great on chicken, pork, hamburgers, soups & fish.