Beef and I have had a complicated relationship. Most days, it’s just not for me. But every once in awhile, I physically crave it. But even when I do- I lean more towards a lean, juicy burger than a large piece of steak.
The other night, the hubs picked up some delicious looking grass fed sirloin steaks from Whole Foods. I was stumped. I am more of a slap it on the grill beef girl and it was snowing out. Instead, I decided to improvise off a couple recipes I’d seen on Pinterest.
What’s Inside: Cracked Pepper Encrusted Sirloin Topped with Blue Cheese, Paired with Garlicky Cauliflower Saute
- 2 grass fed beef sirloin steaks
- whole black pepper
- sea salt
- Grapeseed Oil
Using a mortar and pestle crush a couple teaspoons of whole black peppercorns. The amount will vary based on the size of your steak. I would suggest not going to heavy on this, a little goes a long way. Once crushed, mix in a dash of sea salt. Rub this mix all over the steaks and set them aside. I then got moving on the cauliflower but for the sake of easy reading- here is how I finished the steaks:
Heat a teaspoon of grapeseed oil in a large pan- use just enough to keep the steaks from burning, but not enough to coat them. I pan seared them to 135-140 degrees because I like thinks about medium rare, but cook to your desired finish. Then, top each steak with a tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese. Voila.
What’s Inside: Garlicky (did I make this word up?) Cauliflower
- One head of cauliflower
- Half of one onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Macadamia nut oil
- salt and pepper
Mince the garlic and chop the onion into thin slices and set aside. Then clean and chop the cauliflower into small florets. In a medium pot, bring a small amount of water to boil and then place the cauliflower in for a couple of minutes, until it just starts to become tender. Then, drain the cauliflower and set it aside. In a large saucepan, heat up about 2 teaspoons of the Macadamia nut oil and then sautee the garlic for a minute or so until it became fragrant, then add in the onions. Sautee them for about 4-5 minutes. You want them to be well cooked, but not quite to the point of caramelizing. Then add in the cauliflower and let the flavors cook together for another few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and you are done.
As long as you are using lean beef, this is overall a healthy meal. Of course with beef, oil and cheese, it is higher in calorie than some of my usual dinners but it is a nice change from lean chickens and fish! Enjoy!