Steak Diane

On October 18, 2015, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Steak Diane is one of my favorite stop top steak dishes. I love it so much I have another recipe on the website I did back in 2011 (check it out here.) This version doesn’t use cream, but it does use a lot of butter.  You can also remove the mushrooms in this version, but I had some beautiful chanterelle mushrooms I found at the Farmers’ Market.

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I was in downtown Los Angeles last Friday and made a stop at Grand Central Market to pick up some meat at Belcampo.  They had some petite top sirloin medallions that looked perfect.  I bought four to make this dish.  I often will use filet mignon, but these organic grass-fed top sirloin medallions add a richer flavor.

Steak Diane
Serves 2

4 petite top sirloin medallions, about 1 pound
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Brandy
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 shallot, minced
2 ounces chanterelle mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper

Add 2 tablespoons and the olive oil to a saute pan on high heat.  When it begins to bubble, add the salt and peppered steaks being cautious to not crowd the pan.

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Cook for five minutes on each side so there is a light browning.  Once both sides are cooked, place steaks on a plate covered with foil to keep warm.

Add the shallot and mushrooms to the pan and scrape up any browned bits.  Add the Brandy and light the pan on fire being careful of a high flame.  Add the lemon juice and worcestershire sauce and cook to combine for a minute.  Add the remaining butter to the pan and return the steaks.  Let it heat for another minute or two and then plate.

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Hatch Valley Surprise

On September 7, 2014, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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While living in Texas, I came to know Hatch Chiles.  They are spicy New Mexico based chile that has a flavor very distinct from other better known chile peppers.  When the season for hatch chiles comes around in late summer, I always make sure to pick up some to use for cooking or in this case… drinking.

I was looking to experiment with the classic Bloody Mary.  Seeing how I love tomato juice but don’t care all that much for vodka, I came across a drink known as the Shanghai Surprise that combines Bloody Mary mix with beer. Now beer I love and well I feel so much better after a beer than some vodka.

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The key ingredient is having fresh tomatoes and using a juicer or blender.  I currently don’t own a juicer, but there a lot of great options for electric juicers on the market today. I used my VitaMix to puree the tomatoes which works good too.

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Sadly, I was all out of horseradish to make my homemade Bloody Mary mix so I decided to replace the horseradish with Hatch chiles.  The end result was a spicy and delicious recipe I’m sure I’ll make again the next time I get a craving for something more than just a beer.

You can learn more about juicing and other cocktails at Williams-Sonoma blog.

Hatch Valley Surprise
Serves 1

3 ounces Hatch Bloody Mary Mix
5 ounces pilsner or similar beer
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
2 dashes red wine vinegar

Hatch Bloody Mary Mix

6 large tomatoes to make 16 ounces tomato juice
2 ounces lemon juice
1 tablespoon, diced Hatch chile (or 1 teaspoon dried Hatch chile powder)
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon celery salt
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients for Hatch Bloody Mary Mix into a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds. Should be smooth.

To prepare the drink, add the ingredients into a glass and serve after a quick stir.

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