Archive | February, 2015

Snowday Steak Marinade & Baked Sriracha Cauliflower

18 Feb

Hello again! Apologies for the recent winter hiatus, and for all you fellow DC residents- Happy Snow Day! On days like these I get to work from home, which simultaneously enables me to spend my lunch  break in my own kitchen.  A perfect use of this lucky situation of mine is a marinade… I can mix it up in the morning, let it sit all day, and it will  be ready by the work day’s end!  I’ve come across many a steak marinade recipe on different food blogs and in various food magazines and cookbooks.  I decided to whip up one of my own, hopefully following my self-declared “culinary instincts”.   I chose an oil base, the typical salt and pepper (but more delicious versions), herbs, and some spice.  Below are Trader Joe’s lemon pepper, rosemary, black truffle sea salt, thyme, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Not pictured is garlic, which is a definite must. Mix together in a bowl of olive oil to taste.   Self-made steak marinade Put your steak tips (or any red meat/chicken) in a plastic bag.  Dump in the marinade, thoroughly massage with the steak, and seal.  Put in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Self made steak marinade self-made steak marinade Toss in a pan with some butter to sear both sides. After searing each side for roughly 2 minutes, finish in the oven (set to 350) for 10 minutes or until cooked to desired temperature. self-made steak marinade And now, what to pair it with?! I suggest one of my bestie’s go-to recipes- baked sriracha cauliflower! Break up cauliflower florets and place in baking pan.  Add a can of chickpeas, drained.  Combine sriracha, olive oil and white wine vinegar in a bowl.  Drizzle the sriracha mixture into pan and thoroughly coat the cauliflower and chickpeas.  When asked for specifications, my lovely friend stated verbatim “Umm I eyeball it. Most olive oil. Splash of vinegar. Hot to taste. (I like it hot hot hot). Bake 400 degrees for 40 minutes tossing once.”  Welp, there ya go! Sriracha Cauliflower Apologies for not having a finished picture of the meal, but just imagine how yummy it is 🙂

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