Saturday, August 30, 2008

Steak Wraps (p. 187), Roasted Garlic (p. 277), Horseradish Cream (p. 565), Grilled or Broiled Steak (p. 473)

I decided to make Steak Wraps (p. 187). The recipe seemed easy enough--not a very long ingredient list and we had a T-bone steak that had been purchased on sale at the grocery store (Josh and I are loyal customers of the sale section of the meat department). Easy enough, that is, until I actually read the recipe.

Before making the steak wraps, you have grill or broil a steak (easy enough), roast a head of garlic (damn it! I'll have to turn the oven on), and make horseradish cream...wait...what's that? Horseradish flavored whipped cream?? Hmmm.....

I laid out the tortillas and got ready...

My first step was roasting the garlic (Roasted Garlic, p. 277). I'm ashamed to say that I've never roasted garlic. I LOVE garlic and have probably used it in every other imaginable way--but roasting seemed difficult and scary (plus mom never did it, so I didn't have a roasted garlic background). It's a skill that I definitely wanted though--I love roasted garlic as an ingredient.

Easy enough start--cut the top of a large bulb of garlic. Isn't the garlic beautiful?

The garlic is drizzled with olive oil and wrapped in foil:

Almost an hour later, you have a bulb of roasted garlic! I waited until it was cool enough not to burn my fingers and squeezed the garlic onto the tortillas.

When the garlic is extracted, you are left with a garlic husk. Garlic corpse? Empty garlic...

There was quite a bit of garlic per wrap...a great start!

Look at this picture--now that is a HUGE amount of garlic. That being said, roasted garlic is milder than non-roasted garlic. Looks delicious!

Onto the steak....I figured we would just grill the steak. When I asked Josh to go take care of it, he reminded me that we were out of propane (side note--I have a hard time not thinking of Hank Hill when I say the word "propane"). I decided to broil the steak (I know, great idea on a hot summer day) and used the T-bone in Grilled or Broiled Steak (p. 473).

The steak was attractive:

It only took about four minutes on each side (while turning the kitchen into an inferno--broiling in the summer=not smart). The steak was then sliced and placed on the wraps.

The final part of this recipe: Horseradish Cream (p. 565). Horseradish cream seems like a bizarre recipe to me--it's pretty much whipped cream with horseradish mixed in. Honestly.

I decided that I should be using my Kitchenaid to whip the cream. Not my smartest decision--the beater has a hard time with such small amounts of cream (only a half cup). If you make this recipe, only make a half recipe of HC, unless you really, really adore spicy whipped cream (it makes quite a bit).

You then beat in some acid (I used lime juice because I was out of lemon juice), horseradish, salt, and some red pepper. The concoction is chilled for a while.

Compiling the wraps was easy enough. Add some chopped tomato (out of dad's garden!) and some lettuce to the wrap, drizzle it with horseradish cream, roll up, and eat!

So how was it? Really good. The horseradish cream and the roasted garlic were really strong, but I adore both flavors. The lettuce and the tomato were tasty. And the steak was delicious--although I would have liked to have more meat in the wraps.

This recipe made the perfect amount--two wraps each, for the two of us. After that we were full but not overfull. I really recommend this recipe--although it's more of a fall-winter recipe since it requires a lot of oven use (I really need to stop using my oven because it really heats up the house!).

In other, non-TJOC news, I found a couple of interesting articles online this weekend:

1. Japanese Treats. The caramel corn--I never ate the caramel corn from Tohato, but the soda flavored "treats" were horrid. They tasted like cheetos that had been soaked in 7-up. The mayo they speak of is not as tasty as the mayo in the US and the bottles collapse on themselves. Onigiri is delicious as long as you are sure of what's in the middle--there is nothing worse than thinking you are just eating rice and biting into "sweet" red beans. Ramune drink--AWESOME! So much fun. You have to smash the bottle down, a little ball falls into it, and then you drink it. Fun and tasty. Mochi--don't even get me started.

2. The Top 100 American Foods. I have bolded the foods that are included in TJOC. All parenthetical statements are mine! I may have missed a few but I didn't really feel like looking each one of them up...How many of these have you eaten?

  1. New York pizza
  2. Hoppin' John
  3. New Mexico green chile
  4. Homemade buttermilk biscuits
  5. Tasso
  6. Whole Maine lobster (well, whole lobster, at least)
  7. Calabash-style shrimp and hushpuppies
  8. Kansas City barbecue ribs
  9. Hot glazed Krispy Kreme
  10. San Diego fish tacos
  11. Cheese curds
  12. Key lime pie
  13. Philly cheese steak
  14. Memphis pork barbecue sandwich
  15. Lowcountry boil
  16. Huckleberry pie
  17. New England clam chowder
  18. Boiled peanuts
  19. Buffalo burger
  20. Eggs Benedict
  21. Pastrami on rye
  22. Corned beef and cabbage
  23. Pancakes with maple syrup
  24. Everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato
  25. Thin Mints (preferably frozen)
  26. Frito pie
  27. Potato knish with mustard
  28. Silver Queen corn on the cob
  29. Soft pretzel from a street cart
  30. Fresh-picked blueberries
  31. Sourwood honey
  32. State fair funnel cake
  33. Chesapeake crab cakes
  34. Candied yams
  35. Oyster dressing
  36. Snow cone or snowball
  37. Wild Alaskan salmon
  38. Sautéed morels
  39. Persimmon pudding
  40. General Tso's Chicken
  41. Frozen custard
  42. Italian sausage with peppers and onions on a hoagie bun
  43. Chili dog
  44. Buffalo wings with blue cheese
  45. Spam musubi
  46. Saltwater taffy
  47. Fluffernutter sandwich on Wonder Bread
  48. Black and white cookie
  49. Frybread
  50. BLT with thick-cut applewood bacon
  51. Baked beans
  52. Pumpkin pie
  53. Collards with vinegar and Tabasco
  54. Tex-Mex fajitas with skirt steak and sautéed peppers
  55. Fried green tomatoes
  56. Succotash
  57. Shrimp and grits
  58. Hot water cornbread
  59. Barbecue chicken pizza with red onions
  60. Chicken fried steak
  61. Carnitas burrito
  62. Apple butter
  63. Geoduck
  64. Soft-serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate shell (especially Dairy Queen)
  65. Pecan pie
  66. Catfish supper at a church or fire station
  67. Oysters Rockefeller
  68. Homemade cranberry sauce
  69. Pimiento cheese
  70. MoonPie washed down with R.C. Cola
  71. Pickled watermelon rind
  72. Cracker Jacks at the ball game
  73. Smithfield ham
  74. Meatloaf and mashed potato blue plate special at diner
  75. Chicken and waffles
  76. Po'Boy
  77. Green bean casserole with French's fried onions
  78. Stuffed sopaipillas
  79. Turducken
  80. Shad roe on toast
  81. Sweet potato casserole with or without marshmallows
  82. Cioppino
  83. New York cheesecake
  84. Pan-fried river trout
  85. Jambalaya
  86. North Carolina pig pickin'
  87. California rolls
  88. Burgoo
  89. Penuche fudge
  90. Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich (the Elvis)
  91. Scrapple or livermush
  92. Elk medallions in red wine reduction
  93. Muscadine grapes
  94. Cheeseburger at backyard barbecue
  95. Open-face turkey sandwich
  96. Chicago deep dish pizza
  97. Cobb salad
  98. Peach pie a la mode
  99. Macaroni and cheese with Tillamook sharp cheddar
  100. Root beer float

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  1. Wow, that looks flippin' delish!!! And right up my cowboys' alleys, too;)

    I just added you to my blog list. I am FaygoPop from OLS :)

    I am having a contest on my site, I posted it Monday, I hope you will enter, good luck!

    Bella :)

  2. This does sound delicious. And the 100 foods was interesting - I love trying new foods, but I guess I am behind.

    (princessvessna on OLS)

  3. Ok so the steak wraps looks great. The more blogs I read, the more I want to get this cookbook.

  4. I <3 roasted garlic! In my experience it's pretty fool-proof. I always add it to mashed potatoes now.
    On the japanese soda- that's how most soda bottles are in India apparently. They're reusable, you don't get to take the bottle. You buy it, drink it at the shop/stand and hand it back to the vendor when you're done. (I didn't ask about the sanitation process, heh).
    And #47 baby, oh yeah...

  5. Lindsay--you absolutely HAVE to get a copy of TJOC! It's worth every penny!

    Jennifer--Yeah, in Japan you turn the bottles back in too--it's a really good idea (I, too, didn't ask about sanitation). They all seemed to taste like 7-up to me.

    Bella and Nessa--Thanks for reading :)


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