In keeping with the theme of Olympics I thought it was only fitting that I post a new recipe that can appeal to men and women equally, so we can indulge while we support our athletes as they reach for greatness at London 2012. This dish was built around Guinness stout beer; I challenged myself to use this ingredient, that a friend loves but I can’t handle, and transform it to something delicious by balancing savory and sweet.
Ladies we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Most men will tell you that they are a “meat and potatoes” kind of guy and this meal fits that criteria with perfectly cooked NY Strip Steak and sweet potatoes in the hash. Again I am not a fan of brussel sprouts but with the saltiness from the bacon and luscious potatoes they provide the necessary crunch.
Men, if you haven’t learned already you should know now, to live harmoniously with a woman you have to make her feel that she is always right, the easiest thing for you to do is try to please yourself and her at the same time. Hence this meal can satisfy your tummy while making her feel special because you put the effort into creating a plate with finesse. Also the sauce has chocolate and after diamonds, a woman’s second love is probably chocolate.
As always tell me what you think.
Live, Love, Eat!
- 1.2 lbs NY Strip Steak (2 steaks about 3/4 inches thick each)
- 1 cup of Guinness
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper, pierced but left whole
- Remaining Guinness from 275 ml bottle (3/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 pierced scotch bonnet pepper (or 1 tsp cayenne pepper)
- 3 oz baking milk chocolate
- 6 slices of streaky bacon, chopped
- 7 brussel sprouts, cut in quarters
- 1/2 sweet potato, diced
- Over medium heat add Guinness for 2 minutes until bubbles appear in the beer (not from froth)
- Add sugar, pepper, onions and garlic to Guinness, then bring to boil before putting it to simmer for about 20 minutes (liquid will reduce by about half).
- Once cooled (I put it in the freezer for a few minutes) pour onto steaks that have been seasoned with salt and pepper.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 6 hours).
- Put 3/4 cup of Guinness over medium heat and add mustard, tomato paste, soy sauce, sugar pepper and chocolate.
- Stir sauce until the chocolate has melted and turn down to simmer until ready to serve
- In a separate pan blanch sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts in boiling water for about two minutes then rinse in cold water.
- In a frying pan melt butter and cook bacon until it begins to brown (approx. 4 minutes) then add brussel sprouts and sweet potato for another two minutes.
- In another pan with olive oil, add steak and cook for 4 minutes on each side for medium temperature.
- Plate and pour sauce on steak.