Dinner By Dagny

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Broiled Steak and Roasted Corn on the Cob

What does one do while you are anxiously awaiting your kids return from their vacation, and your husband being busy for the evening?  Well, I find some new cooking techniques to use.  One could argue that broiling and roasting are not new, but I usually boil my corn and grill my steaks.  I have grilled my corn, where you soak the corn husks so they don’t burn, and then the corn steams in the husks.  Unfortunately my grill is broken.  I have a grill pan, that I use pretty regularly but that usually makes my house pretty smoky.  With the weather over 100 degrees this week, that wasn’t quite what I was looking for.  Although I’m not sure turning my ovens on was a better alternative.

Ingredients

2 steaks (these were NY strip)

1 corn on the cob

Roasted Corn

A little internet searching told me that roasting corn is amazingly simple.

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and roast in husks for 30 minutes.

That’s it. The silk removes easily, the husks don’t burn and the corn is pleasantly steamed.  Your inner child will enjoy it too as you can use the husk as a handle.

Broiled Steaks

1.  Bring steaks to room temperature and season to your liking

2.  Preheat skillet or broiler pan under broiler for 15-20 minutes

3.  Lay steaks on pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side

4.  Set oven to 500 degrees

5.  cook for 1 minute on each side for rare, 2 minutes on each side for medium

6.  Let rest

Results

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The one on the left is rare for my husband and the one on the right is medium for me.  I started slicing from the smaller end, so it is a little more well done in the picture below.  I don’t think my pan was hot enough as I didn’t get the searing I was hoping for.  I also used a oregano, olive oil, adobo marinade that was kind of bland for my steak (although it had worked on my lamb chops previously).

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I sat back, relaxed with a glass of wine and my dinner.  I enjoyed the quiet solitude of my house for the last few hours.  It was a nice evening.

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Carne Asada

Carne Asada refers to grilled steak that has marinated in a citrus heavy, jalapeño marinade and gets thinly sliced. It is most often done with skirt or flank steak. I started smoking this about 6 months ago and my family loves it. It is one of those fun meals where the girls get to make their own tacos and I can just eat it by itself with the other side dishes and accompanying condiments.

I usually serve it with rice and black beans, and I’ve been known to make a fresh batch of guacamole.

Ingredients

2 1.7 lb flank steaks

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 3 1/2 limes

3 jalapeños, seeds removed and chopped

4 spring onions sliced (1 shallot or 1/2 onion will work too)

3/4 cup chopped cilantro

8 garlic cloves chopped

5 ripe avocados

3-4 cups orange juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp Adobo

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp oregano

2 tbsp cracked pepper

2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Carne Asada Directions

1. Mix lime zest, lime juice of 1 1/2 limes, 2 chopped jalapeños, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro,4 garlic cloves, 3 spring onions, orange juice and olive oil together in medium bowl

2. Add Adobo, pepper, cayenne, cumin, chili powder and oregano. Mic well.

3. Place flank steaks in plastic bag with marinade. The marinade should mostly cover the steak. Seal and rest for several hours. I usually let it marinade overnight, rotating bag periodically

4. Heat up grill pan to medium high. Grill steak for 6 minutes on each side (these will yield medium on the edges to rare in the middle.). Let rest for 10 minutes and slice very thinly against the grain

Guacamole Recipe

1. Mix lime juice if 2 limes, 1 chopped jalapeño, 1 sliced spring onion, 1/4 cilantro, 4 chopped garlic cloves with 5 avocados

2. Mash the mixture with a potato masher and mix thoroughly

3. Taste guacamole and adjust seasoning by adding Adobo, cracked pepper, cayenne to taste. Make this several hours ahead to make sure flavors blend

4. To keep guacamole fresh and green, store with a couple of avocado seeds

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This is definitely a family favorite. This time I had some lime cilantro yogurt to serve with it as well.

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