My Dad is simple.
He has simple likes; he has simple dislikes; and he has simple taste. Being a “Simple Kind of Man” has made gift giving very easy for his Wife and Children – almost routine even. Now enter his youngest child, the baby girl – his Princess – who yearns to take his simple palette and turn it on to new, exciting, adventurous .T.A.S.T.E.
This, my friends, can test the limits of being His Princess.
For me, he will try something new, even chew, and swallow it. However, I know, and he knows that I know, that what he really wants as he swallows the Thai Red Curry Beef and Sweet Potato Stew is a simple grilled steak and a side of potatoes. So, while I know he will contently indulge my whims of Truffle Wild Mushroom Risotto, I remember what this “Simple Kind of Man” loves best: steak, potatoes…, and maybe some vegetables to round out the plate.
My Recipe: Dry-Rubbed Jerk NY Strip Steaks
2 NY Strip Steaks, 1” thickness
1 garlic clove, cut in half
1 scotch bonnet pepper, cut in half
1 T canola, olive, or corn oil
1 bunch green onions, roots trimmed
Jerk Dry Rub:
¼ c light brown sugar
1 T ground allspice
1 T kosher salt
2 t cracked black pepper
2 t dried thyme leaves
1 t ground cumin
1 t red pepper flakes
½ t ground cinnamon
take meat from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking
combine the spices for the Jerk Dry Rub; you will not use all of this dry rub for the steaks, seal the rest in a airtight container for another use
thread the bottom of the green onions of a pre-soaked wooden skewer; set aside
rub cut side of garlic over the entire steak, one-half of garlic per steak; discard garlic
rub the cut side of scotch bonnet pepper over the entire steak, one-half of pepper per steak; discard pepper
drizzle canola oil over the steaks and season liberally with the jerk seasoning, about 1 – 2 T per steak; allow steaks to continuing resting at room temperature while you prepare a charcoal grill
after grill has is prepared, cook steaks for 6 minutes on one side; turn and grill for 4 minutes on the other side, which should produce a perfectly medium cooked steak
add the trimmed green onions to the grill during the last 4 minutes, allowing them to soften and char on each side
NOTE: The Jerk Dry Rub contains brown sugar and sweet spices. If you prefer your steaks beyond medium, watch them carefully beyond ten minutes on the grill as the sugar and spices will go from mouth-watering caramelized slight char to burnt and inedible quickly.
I served the steak with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!
always in good T.A.S.T.E – cause you gottatastethis!
photos by the super-fantastic-wife