Monday, July 2, 2012

Caribbean Steak Tacos with Broccolini Slaw




This dish is really three individually good dishes combined into a taco feast. The steak with its mild marinade allows the flavor of the sirloin to take center stage and can easily be served on its own.  The Caribbean sauce is a great spicy tangy lime sauce that works just as well with grilled chicken or fish as it does with a steak.  The Broccolini Slaw is a flexible side dish that goes well with an array of foods from deli sandwiches to fried chicken. Yet bringing all three dishes into one seemed like a natural combination of flavors to be collected on a corn tortilla soft taco.

The Caribbean sauce combines the flavors of lime, garlic, green onions, and Habanero pepper.  This creates a familiar tangy flavor common on grilled meats associated with island cuisine.  Only half a Habanero pepper is used in the sauce, but for those who prefer a spicier kick try using the entire pepper.  On the other hand if you prefer a milder sauce, try substituting the Habenero with the milder Serrano or Jalapeno pepper.

The Broccolini Slaw recipe is based on a New York Deli Cole Slaw with all the fixings except I substitute the cabbage with Broccolini.  This is not your typical cabbage, carrots and mayo slaw.   New York Deli slaws use a much wider array of ingredients to give it a sweeter yet tangy flavor.  The Broccolini Slaw includes a colorful group of vegetables including broccolini, carrots, onions, bell peppers, celery seeds, raisins, sugar, cider vinegar and mayonnaise.  The rich combination of flavors here work well with burgers and hotdogs to pastrami sandwiches. I also love this slaw with Beer Battered Fish.

As mentioned earlier, the steak has a simple marinade.  In truth, I can enjoy my steak with a simple salt & pepper rub done well ahead of time.  Salting beef and having it sit for an hour or more not only flavors the meat but also tenderizes it to a nice soft texture.  The addition of olive oil to the marinade also prepares the steak to be grilled on a dry skillet.  The soy sauce is just to add a small amount of Umami to the flavor of the beef.

The corn tortilla soft taco is perfect to hold all these flavors together.  The spicy lime sauce with grilled meat and a tangy slaw just seem to belong on a soft steamed corn tortilla.  Tip: To steam the taco corn tortillas use a microwave.  Simply place the tortillas onto a plate.  Sprinkle it with water from your clean finger tips.  Place another identical plate upside down on top of the tortillas to cover.  Place the plates into a microwave oven and heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute on high.  This will produce soft warm tacos everytime and it's quick and easy.

Caribbean Steak Tacos with Broccolini Slaw

Servings: 8-10 Tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Marination Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 12-20 minutes depending on how well you like your steak

Ingredients:

Steak
1 lb. Sirloin Steak about 1 inch thick
Sea Salt and Groud Pepper to Season
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
8-10 Taco size Corn Tortillas.

Caribbean Sauce
Juice from 4 Limes
1/4 Cup Parsley Chopped
3 Garlic Cloves Diced
1/2 Habanero Pepper Diced
2 Green Onion Stalks (green part only) Chopped
1/4 Water

Broccolini Slaw
1/2 Bunch Broccolini Cut into Thin Strips
1 Carrot Peeled and Cut into Thin Strips
1/4 Cup Yellow Onion Diced
1/2 Red, Orange or Yellow Capsicum Pepper Diced
1/4 Cup Raisins
1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seeds
2 Teaspoons Cider Vinegar
1-2 Teaspoons Sugar (according to your taste)
1 Cup Mayonaise

Step 1: Marinate the Steak -- Add Salt and Pepper to both sides of the Steak. Place the steak on a platter and add the olive oil and soy sauce.  Make sure all sides of the steak are covered with oil and and soy sauce. Wrap the plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.

Step 2: Broccolini Slaw -- In a large bowl, add the Broccolini, carrots, onions, capsicum pepper, raisins, celery seeds, cider vinegar and sugar.  Combine the ingredients together.  Add the cup of mayonaise to bowl and stir the ingredients again until well combined.  That's your slaw. Set aside in refrigerator while you cook the steak and sauce.



Step 3: Caribbean Sauce -- In a medium bowl, add the lime juice, parsley, garlic cloves, Habanero pepper, and green onions.  Bring the quarter cup of water to a boil then add it to the rest of the ingredients.  Stir it all together and set aside.  That's your sauce.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups.


Step 4: Grilling the Steak -- Heat up a skillet or grill pan to medium high.  Add the steak to the pan and grill on one side for about 6-8 minutes. (Note: no need to add oil to the pan since the meat is already marinated with olive oil).  Flip the steak over and grill for an additional 5-7 minutes.  This should result in a medium-rare to medium cooked steak.  For a medium-well to well-done steak continue cooking for an additional 4-6 minutes.  When ready transfer to a chopping board and slice the meat into strips or small bite sized cubes. Serve the meat, caribbean sauce, broccolini slaw and steamed tortillas separately -- ready for each person to create their own Caribbean Steak Taco with Broccolini slaw according to their preference.

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