Friday, November 25, 2016

Recipes by Ruta Lee: Barbecued Steak with Junky Sauce; Garbage Salad

Ruta Lee's Barbecued Steak with Junky Sauce

For the junky sauce:
1 cup catsup
1/2 cup strained honey
5 tablespoons soy sauce
8 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 small clove garlic, pressed
5 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup preserves (strawberry, Damson plum, apricot or pineapple)
1/2 cup chutney, chopped

Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Set aside. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

For the steak:
Select top grade sirloin, porterhouse or filet. Have butcher cut meat 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. Wipe off meat. Trim off excess suet. Brush both sides generously with junky sauce. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour. When coals in barbecue have burned down to a glow, start the steaks. Allow 25 minutes for medium-rare for 1 1/2-inch steaks; 30-35 minutes for 2-inch steaks. Allow slightly longer for filet. Keep turning the steaks, brushing with more sauce as needed. Since "outdoor" appetites tend to be hearty, allow at least 1/2 pound steak per person.

Ruta Lee's Garbage Salad

1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons olive (or vegetable) oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 heads crisp, cleaned romaine (or odds and ends of greens: Bibb, Boston, iceberg or spinach leaves)
1 medium peeled thinly sliced cucumber
Half a box of cherry tomatoes (or 4-5 cleaned, sliced Italian plum tomatoes or one large peeled, ripe, sliced beefsteak tomato)
3 or 4 large scallions, cleaned, chopped (green and white parts)
6 large radishes, cleaned, chopped (or black radish, if available)
10 large fresh mushroom caps
3 tablespoons pine nuts
Handful sunflower seed kernels

Rub garlic over sides of salad bowl. Mix together olive (or vegetable) oil, wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Place greens, cucumber, tomato, scallions and radishes in salad bowl. In another bowl, marinate thinly sliced mushroom caps for a few minutes with a little olive oil and wine vinegar. Add marinated mushrooms to salad bowl. Toss slightly. Add pine nuts and sunflower kernels. Serve at once. Serves 4. 

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