Friday, June 13, 2008

What I'll be serving...

*****Edit: The barbecue was a hit. My SIL and MIL ended up bringing over a bloomin onion maker and a deep fryer for the onion rings and here's how they turned out. They tasted divine. I made some fry sauce (mayo & ketchup mixed) to eat with them. YUM YUM. And we had Angel Lush for dessert. We were STUFFFFFFED.

For Father's Day this year I wanted Josh to feel extra special (first year without his dad) so I've set up a barbecue for him with his whole family. His favorite genre of food would have to be steak (ironically my least favorite) so I set out on a mission to find a good recipe for cowboy steak. I think I have a winner in this one. SO here is my Father's Day suggestion (NOTE- it is not tried and true yet):

Cowboy Steak & Onion Rings, found here
courtesy of Coyote Cafe

4 rib eye steak, 1 1/2 inch thick bone-in (or t-bone steaks)
4 onions, cut into rings, 1/8th inch thick
3 cups milk
3 cups flour
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons paprika (hot Hungarian is best)
vegetable oil(for deep frying the onion rings)
salt and pepper salt and pepper
Bring steaks to room temperature before grilling.
Soak onions in milk for one hour, drain.
In a large bowl or pie pan mix together flour, chili powder, cornstarch, salt, cumin, sugar and paprika.
Dredge onions in flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
Heat oil in a large heavy frying pan (cast iron works well) and heat to 360-degrees F.
Add onions in batches, cooking until golden brown --BE CAREFUL - they cook fast (30-45 seconds). Transfer onion rings to paper towels to drain off excess grease.
Meanwhile, season steaks with salt and pepper and place in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook about 7-10 minutes per side, pouring off excess fat before turning. Finish cooking steaks on the grill (or skip the frying step and just grill steaks to desired doneness (10 minutes per side).
Serve steaks with onion rings, baked potatoes and salsa, or as desired.

My in-laws are bringing other parts of the meal. But dessert will either be this or this.
What will you be serving?


The Newby Family June 16, 2008 at 5:53 PM  

Just wanted to let you know I recently stumbled upon this blog and LOVE IT! I wish I had time to try all the recipes! I did the zesty crockpot chicken tonight. Wasn't all I hoped it would be...maybe I did something wrong. If you want details on how I ended up here, I explain it on my blog!

Carlie July 1, 2008 at 9:22 PM  

Oh my gosh, Jess was at my house the last time I tried to make a bloomin onion...we almost burned my house down!

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