Poblano Jalapeño Steak

PHP4E40066266685We discovered the Elote Cafe in Sedona on an impromptu trip up there two years ago. We were visiting family just outside of Phoenix and we all decided to load up and head to Sedona- why you might ask? Because it’s amazing! What a lovely place- being in Sedona is the same feeling you get when you look at the stars in the middle of no where. There is a free, peaceful, liberated yet aware feeling that you get when looking at the wide open galaxy and that’s the same feeling you get when visiting the lovely town of Sedona.

We got there, settled in, swam in the pool (unlike Seattle, it was GORGEOUS weather in April!!) and then realized that we were starving. Thanks to a quick Yelp consultation, we found out that there was a highly rated restaurant up the street from our hotel and we decided to give it a try. Not only did they have amazing sangria and a patio to sip it on while we waited for our table (how is a restaurant PACKED in Sedona!?) but we discovered Elote which is the namesake dish of the restaurant. It’s made of fire roasted corn and spicy mayo and garnished with lime and Cotija cheese and it was absolutely stunning! We’ve made it at least 4-5 times each summer since we discovered it. You can find the recipe HERE.

eloteThe Arizona and subsequent Elote trip celebrated the birthday trip for both myself and the mister and believe it or not, we got a table visit from the  wonderful Chef, Jeff Smedstad, who also signed my personal copy of the cookbook and took a picture with us at the table! Talk about an amazing birthday! Whenever I get a chance, I  like to challenge myself and make a recipe and the mister asked me to make a recipe from the Elote cookbook so I told him to pick a few recipes and I would decide which one to cook. Thus, tonight’s Poblano Jalapeño Steak recipe came to life and let me tell you, it’s EPICLY good!!! Especially since I know that it will be a crock pot recipe next time and much less work!  

Poblano Jalapeño Steak 

2 tablespoons oil
2 cups diced onion
4 lb Stew Beef
1 tablespoons Mexican oregano
1 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 cups chopped jalapeños (12-15 large jalapeños)
3 cups chopped raw poblano (9 large poblano peppers)
2 cups water
1 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoons Maseca
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Chop the poblano,onion and jalapeños. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat the grapeseed oil in a large heavy heated skillet and add two cups of the chopped poblano and the onion. Add the beef chunks and brown on all sides. Scrape browned beef and onions into an ovenproof casserole dish.

Add the remaining ingredients into a food processor and puree for 5-7 seconds. Pour over the steak and bake uncovered in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Serve with fresh cilantro garnish!

Notes for next time:

Next time this is going in the crock pot for SURE! I made  double batch of the sauce so I have it in the freezer ready for next time!

Original recipe called for a 5 lb pork shoulder, cut 1-to-2 inch chunks but I had fresh, organic, grain fed free range beef in the freezer that I needed to use up and it was UH MAZING!!!!

Slow-Cooker Braised Short Ribs with Honey Garlic Glaze

plated upWell Seattle, we’re back. Back to the rain, wind and grey skies. Three weeks in Hawaii was quite a nice time to thaw out but, until the sad realization that I had to actually trade my daily uniform of shorts, a tank top and my  bathing suit for real clothes pales in comparison to the AMOUNT of real clothes I have to wear hit me. Currently, I’m sipping hot water and alternating sitting on my hands while I sit here in my coat and scarf….I’m INSIDE! What gives!

Cold weather typically sends me reaching for the Crockpot, or curling up in front of the heater without moving. Since I was craving short ribs, the crock pot won. When we were on Kona, we made a …few…trips to Roy’s Waikoloa. Okay okay, we ate there THREE nights in a row! Can you blame us!? They closed our Seattle location so we had to eat all we could get! Well, on night two as we were bellied up to the bar sharing their AMAZING appetizer canoe, (yes, CANOE!) we saw the couple next to us dig into their amazing looking dinner and we flagged down our bartender Brandon (he was AWESOME if you visit that location) and he informed us that it was the Slow Braised Char Broiled Beef Short Ribs. So, night three you know what we ordered?

Yep, Ribs! It was SUCH an incredible dish that when we got home we immediately started searching for the recipe to try our hands at recreating such an impeccable dish! After an absurd time googling various versions and combinations of the words “Roy’s Waikolaa Short Ribs entrée Recipe” I found one that was said to be biased on the Roy’s recipe so I gave it a try! (Original recipe found here) I didn’t have all the ingredients so I altered a bit.

Delicious food deserves pictures…

Slow-Cooker Braised Short Ribs with Honey Garlic Glaze
Adapted from Roy Yamaguchi
Yield: 2 large portions

For the short ribs:
2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
Salt and pepper
Beef stock, enough to fully cover the short ribs (about 32 ounces)
6 cloves garlic, sliced thick
1 large onion, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced thick
2 carrots, sliced thick
2 bay leaves
1 inch piece of peeled ginger, FRESH ginger

Honey Garlic Glaze:
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1/4 cup sliced green onions, both white and green

  1. Allow the ribs to come to room temperature for thirty minutes.  Season all sides of the ribs well with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat.  Brown the ribs well on all sides, about two minutes per side.
  3. In your slow cooker make a bed with the garlic,  onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf and ginger.
  4. Place the browned ribs on top and add enough beef stock to just cover and Cook (Low for 8 hours or High for 4).
  5. Prepare the glaze, cover and refrigerate until meat is done, or you can make it right before you pull it out. I like to have as FEW dishes as possible so I’m a “make ahead” kinda girl! The picture above shows you, if for some reason you wanted to eyeball the dijon, what’s left over after using a half cup. I was worried I’d have too much left over but hey, egg salad here we come!
  6. When the timer goes off, remove the lid and take the initial wiff of your amazing deliciousness! The meat will be very tender and you may lose a few bones (which is a GOOD thing!) Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and, while still warm, pour the glaze over the ribs making sure they are well coated.  Allow the ribs to sit for at least thirty minutes  (or store in the refrigerator overnight).
  7. While the ribs rest heat your grill, or a skillet, to medium high heat.  Grill, or sear, the ribs for about one minute per side, or until the glaze sets and the ribs are brown and crusty.
  8. Enjoy! I served with toasted quinoa and Blasted Broccoli