Monday, April 19, 2010

Tonight's Dinner - not vegetarian

Ingredients:
  • EVOO
  • 2-3 pound brisket
  • steak rub (I make my own which is quick and fun. Also cheap.)
  • beef broth (low fat and low sodium since there's probably salt in the rub and the salsa)
  • salsa (the chunkier the better for this dish)
  • black beans (2 cans, drained and rinsed)
  • corn
  • fresh cilantro

Main dish: spicy roast
  1. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet while trimming all the fat off the brisket.
  2. Rub the brisket with steak rub and brown it all over.
  3. Place the meat in a crock pot and cover with broth and salsa
  4. Leave on low heat overnight and all throughout the next day. Serve with a slotted spoon for dinner, making sure to catch some tomatoes. The meat will be so tender it's falling apart.

Side dish: cilantro beans
  1. Place beans in a saucepan over medium-high flame.
  2. Add a cup of water an a chicken bullion cube (or a little chicken broth)
  3. Toss in a cup or so of corn
  4. Dice up some fresh cilantro and stir in.
  5. Boil off excess liquid, stirring occasionally.
This makes a delicious, easy, family-friendly meal and you can control the heat with both the salsa and the steak rub. Plus your house smells fabulous for at least 24 hours!  (Paul was out tonight so he missed first dinner. To tide himself over until second dinner he wrapped his first serving in a tortilla to eat in the car on the way to his meeting. He says it would make a great taco filling or spicy salad meat, too.)

5 comments:

paulboal said...

It was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY yummy! I just finished second-shift dinner.

RobMonroe said...

As I was reading I was thinking about putting it in a tortilla - YUM! Copying into my food calendar... Thanks!

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks for your help making the main dish, Paul! (And, of course, for washing the dishes afterwards, erratic dishwasher aside.)

Rob, hope you enjoy it, too!

Cate said...

What do you put in the steak rub?

Sarahlynn said...

Cate, it's highly scientific (cough).

My friend Google helped me out with several options and I scanned through them until I found one that sounded good, contained only ingredients I already had in my spice cabinet, and had no brown sugar (because we're watching our carbs at the moment). Then I played with the recipe a little so I have no quantities to offer, just:

A couple tablespoons of paprika
and cumin
some coarse salt
cracked pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
oregano
red pepper
and maybe a couple of other things I've forgotten. Yum! My first try was a little hot for Ada, who does not enjoy spicy food. Next time: less salt and red pepper.