" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

A Taste of Summer

Oh joy of winter...
Our barbecue is somewhere buried under a huge pile of snow on our patio.
What's one to do when a craving of grilled summer style steak hits?
Why I just pull out my cast iron stove top grill of course!

Cast iron is an excellent way to cook food. The iron transfers from the pan into the food which is better than getting it in supplement form. If you don't have an indoor grill you can use the barbecue or use an ordinary pan. The steaks could also be cooked under the broiler.

Portobello mushrooms are so meaty they can be used in place of the steak for a vegetarian meal. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs as it so flavourful and is also very high in calcium and iron.
Either dried or fresh work well here.

This dish will have you feeling like you are sitting on a patio on a warm summer night somewhere in the Mediterranean.

Grilled Rosemary Steak with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

  • 4 eye of round steaks
  • 4 very large Portobello mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
Between two shallow glass dishes divide the olive oil, vinegar, wine, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Add the rosemary to the one that will hold the steaks. Mix both well.
Place Mushrooms in one and Steaks in the other.
Coat well and marinate for 1 hour turning frequently.

Brush a large cast iron stove top grill and cast iron pan with olive oil and heat to medium.
Remove steaks from marinade and place on grill. Cook until desired. (For rare it should feel soft when pressed, firm for medium and very firm for well.)
Pour mushrooms with marinade into the frying pan and cooks until soft and marinade is reduced.

Wine Suggestion: Yellow Tail Shiraz


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