Steak & Peppers with Chimichurri

The secret to this recipe from BHG Magazine is the Chimichurri sauce.  It gives that extra kick to a delicious steak. I didn’t have a yellow sweet pepper so I used a green bell pepper.

1 ½ to 1 ¾ lb. Beef flank steak
2 Tbsp. Plus 2 tsp. Olive oil
2 pablano peppers, stemmed & seeded
1 lg. Red onion, cut into 1/2” wedges
1 med. Yellow sweet pepper
1 c. cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Lime juice
1 tsp. Dried oregano, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced

Season steak with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper; set aside. Cut pablano & sweet peppers into 3/4″ strips. Heat a heavy 12” skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, onion and a large pinch of salt. Cook 5 minutes without stirring. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring once, or until vegetables are lightly charred and tender. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

Add remaining oil to the skillet. Add steak. Cook 12 to 15 minutes or until medium-rare (145F), turning once halfway through. Transfer steak to a cutting board. Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Slice steak; serve with pepper-onion mixture and chimichurri.

FOR CHIMICHURRI: In a small bowl, combine cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, oregano, garlic and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 teaspoon oil.

Garden

Yesterday I shared a picture of a large zucchini from our garden. It is that time of year when you are eating fresh vegetables. They seem to taste better when you get them fresh from the garden. Here is a picture of a large zucchini, some Early Girl tomatoes and a few tomatillos. The tomatillos are volunteers. We did not plant any the last couple of years but they keep coming up in the summer.

Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

We planted one zucchini plant this year.  Usually you get more squash than you can eat. Not this year. We have only gotten 2 huge zucchini and a couple small ones.  It’s funny that we pick vegetables on Friday before going to work on the weekend.  Than on Monday we end up with this size of zucchini. How did we miss it on Friday?

Whether you grow your own zucchini or buy them at the store. Try this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps by Ellie Krieger, Food Network.

Cooking spray
2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound total)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (¾ ounce)
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Slice the zucchini into ¼ inch thick rounds. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with the oil. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, and a few turns of pepper. Dip each round into the Parmesan mixture, coating it evenly on both sides, pressing the coating on to stick, and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the zucchini rounds until browned and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove with spatula. Serve immediately.

Watermelon & Cheese Snacks

Here is an easy appetizer or mid-day snack for Watermelon Day. Cut  some watermelon into cubes. Then take whatever mild cheese you have and cut into cubes also. I used Swiss cheese but Baby Bel or Monterey Jack would also work. The next choice is what type of skewers to use. You can use the long bamboo or metal skewers. I used some small cocktail sword skewers for small bite size snacks.You will notice that I placed some extra watermelon cubes in the center of my plate since I had some extra watermelon cut.

French Fry Day

I don’t know if you can tell or not but I have been sort of flying by the seat of my pants with recent posts. I can’t seem to get into prewriting subjects.  So what I’ve done is find what type of food day is happening and then proceed from there.  I’m sure you all have noticed that there is some special day – every day.

 

Even though we are still on a ketogencic diet, we do enjoy some potatoes every once in a while.  I shared a Confetti Roasted Potato Salad recipe earlier this week. We had 2 potatoes left so we decided to make some homemade chips which is really a thinly sliced french fry.  I was going to use the slicing blade on my food processor but Mac said he used to always use a box grater to cut thin potato slices.

 

So he cut these potato chips.

We fried them up and they were delicious.

I think homemade chips/fries are almost always better than store bought or fast food.

4th of July

Besides being the 4th of July it is also BBQ Spareribs Day.  I found a tasty Korean BBQ short rib recipe in Eating Well magazine and thought it would be good to share today.

1 large ripe pear
3 cloves garlic, grated
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
6 bone-in cut beef short ribs ( 1 1/2 lb)
3 c. cauliflower or potato rice
Ssamjang Sauce (recipe below)

Combine pear, garlic, soy, oil, ginger and pepper in a large storage bag. Mix thoroughly. Add ribs and massage the marinade into them. Refrigerate, turning occasionally for 1 day.

Preheat grill to high. Lightly oil the grill rack. Shake any excess marinade off the ribs. Grill, without crowding, 30 to 45 seconds per side for rare, or longer if desired. Let rest for 5 minutes.

 

To serve, place rice in the center of the plate and two ribs with 1 teaspoon Ssamjang.

Ssamjang:  Combine 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp. Sriracha, 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 1 grated clove garlic in a small bowl.