“be a simple kind of man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

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My Method:

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

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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!

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always in good T.A.S.T.E – cause you gottatastethis!


About tawannapatrice

...a native south floridian, i am an artisan baker, personal caterer, and sarcastic demented librarian chick who finds life unbearable without immersing yourself in your true passions…
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4 Responses to “be a simple kind of man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

  1. dad thomas says:

    I gain weight every time I come here.

  2. Aimee says:

    Please post a recipe for the Thai Beef and Sweet Potato Curry. That sounds really good.

    I like your pictures. Recipes are easy to follow.

  3. Tillie says:

    Happy Father’s Day indeed. My Father is just like yours so every year we all get together and my brother grills the steak, I make the mashed potatoes, and my sister makes the dessert.

    Do you have an email address to ask questions?

    • tawannapatrice says:

      Hi Tillie. I just set up an email address option to the right side of the page.
      Thank you for reading and sharing.

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