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One steak, four people, dinner time?

October 26, 2009

What a great day Sunday was! I was a co-host with Cindy Dole of Home Wizard (she is awesome) for the LA Magazine “from the vine” food and wine event in Malibu. What an incredible setting on the Semler estate known as Saddlerock Ranch, home of Malibu Family wines. I was driving home and was starving because there was so much going on that we never actually stopped to eat.

I was inspired by John Sedlar’s “avocado butter” (basically a guacamole taken to a creamy liquid consistency in the food processor). I knew we had one strip steak in the refrigerator and some corn tortillas. I decided it was steak taco time on the plancha (flat top). I mixed the avocado with cilantro, serrano chiles, onion and lime. I chopped the steak up into small bites and rubbed it with some achiote paste, cumin seed, s&p. I had a russet potato so I sliced it really thin and tossed it all on the flat top. Crispy potato, seared, tender medium rare morsels of NY strip meat with all the flavor of a “taco pastor”. Corn tortillas quickly charred in the steak juices became the carrier. A touch of finely diced raw onion and chopped cilantro and the tacos were complete. The crispy potato was a great crunchy contrast to the creamy avocado butter and rich morsels of meat. The fresh chopped onion took the taco to the “street” just as they are in Mexico. This reminds me of why I love Mexican food so much. Inexpensive, quick and tasty. You gotta love it! Enjoy! Off to watch “The Next Iron Chef” with the familia. Too hungry to take a picture, sorry!

Key flavor factors for this dish:
1. Season the raw meat well and cut across the grain so the meat is tender.
2. Hot plancha (flat top, pancake griddle or pan) with a touch of canola oil to get a nice sear on everything without overcooking it.
3. Add salt and lime to the avocado butter slowly tasting along the way to get the right balance.
4. Heat the corn tortillas on the same plancha. The heat really wakes up the flavor and they absorb some of the steak juice!

Eat well, enjoy life, be happy.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 9:35 am

    Hey Jeffrey – YOU are awesome!! What a treat to talk food, wine and great restaurants with you at the LA Magazine food event! Let’s do it again next year! Don’t forget the Karma tequila tasting – very smooth – and LOVED that apple celery and marcona almonds salad by Jar! Can’t wait to have you on my show soon and keep in touch! Cindy

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      October 26, 2009 11:32 am

      It is no surprise you are such a success! It was great working with you as well. I will do it every year! Love to be on your show anytime!!! That will be fun. Warmly, Jeffrey 🙂

  2. October 26, 2009 9:42 am

    Hi Jeffrey,
    Thanks so much for talking with me yesterday at The Food Event! You did a great job hosting the chefs demo. Your energy is so contagious and makes cooking come to life. Thanks for all the great tips for the home cook regarding trying different spices. Like you, I am also a owner of a real estate company and juggling between that, a full-time MBA program, and my passion for cooking is so hard sometimes. How do you manage to keep up with it all? You are a great inspiration to many and I can’t wait until we meet again!

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      October 26, 2009 11:30 am

      Hello Andrea,
      It was great speaking with you as well!! thank you so much for your support and kind words! It means a lot. I just wake up every day loving it and some how it all works 🙂
      I would love to be a resource for you anytime. Take care. Warmly,

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