Monday, June 24, 2013

Pepper Steak



Hello everyone, so are you ready for the 4th of July?  All the cook outs and family get togethers such a great feeling right?  Sometimes family is a funny thing, while you have wonderful memories of fun, laughter and feeling a feeling of home that only being with family can bring, it can also spell dread.  Your mom telling you "so when do you think you are finally going to settle down and give me grandkids?"  To your uncle Earl sitting in the corner sleeping and farting in between snores.  I know we have all been there even though my mother doesnt hound me because I have already given her grandchildren and I dont have an uncle named Earl.  There are still moments of excitement and then dread when you know your family is going to get together.  See as some of you know I have been proactive and sometimes inactive about losing weight.  To me weight loss is about a journey, trials and errors.  I am not looking for a crash diet or a diet period.  I am looking for something that can last me the rest of my life.  Something I can live with and makes sense to me.  However in a week we will be visiting my family and I love them so very much but they have a tendency to cook and feed you with love.  What does that mean exactly?  Well it means that certain family members are going to ask " do you want seconds?"  when clearly your plate is full or the strange and hurt looks you get when you are offered food and tell someone " no thank you I am not hungry."  I grew up in the clean plate family, you know the ones that say "you have to eat everything on your plate before you can go play outside."  Yes that is my family and while I love and appreciate them all this has caused me years, decades of poor decision making when it comes to food.  Granted I love food I mean obviously your reading this on a food blog.  Even though I am a food blogger and vlogger doesnt mean I still eat around the clock.  I have changed my eating habits to when I am hungry.  Simple right?  not in my family, you are expected to scarf down anything that is offered to you or you will face a family member with hurt feelings.  Dont get me wrong I come from a great family and I love them and they love me dearly, however I have some anxiety about what I am going to face in the way of meals when I get there.  I know its all a balancing act and some of my family is pretty awesome when it comes to this kind of stuff and there are still others I will probably have to say " we are just going to grab something to eat downtown."  Downtown is where everything that could go on in a town does for the 4th of July but right after the 4th of July fireworks the sidewalks roll up and everyone goes home until either September, why September you ask?  Well that is the Pirate Festival of course. 
Now onto this recipe, this would be perfect for your holiday grilling ideas, I cooked this last winter on my stove and in my oven but honestly you could this whole thing on a grill just as easily. 


Ingredients:

2-3 pounds of steaks I used 3 rib eyes but you can use whatever cut and how much you like
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 large onion
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 beef bullion
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of Lowery's seasoned salt




Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, this is going to sound like a lot of steps but each one goes by very fast.
Before you get started you need to season your steaks.  Season them with the seasoned salt and black pepper front and back and all sides.  Leave out to get to room temperature, the reason you want your steaks room temp. is because if your steaks are cold and goes into a hot pan, grill or oven the meat tightens.  Whereas if you let the steaks get to room temp they are more relaxed when they are put into hot ovens, grills or stoves.  Also the salt and pepper will be able to get into the steaks to season the steaks throughout.  Now while you are waiting for your steaks to hit room temp., go ahead and heat up a large skillet add a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, and throw in you sliced peppers and onions.  knock down the heat to a medium low like 3 or 4 on most stove tops.  This is going to let those veggies release their juices and give you tons of flavor for your steak.  Once the juices from the veggies are released go ahead and throw in the rest of your seasonings as well as the bullion and some water.  Once the bullion is dissolved pour off into a heat safe bowl.  Put your skillet back on the heat turn it up to about medium heat and let it get hot.  Once its hot add in the steaks, you only want the steaks in there for searing not cooking. Now place your seared steaks on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes if you like your steaks well done like I do.  (This method is going to give your steaks so much moisture and tenderness without having to be bloody in the middle).  After about 10 minutes in the oven add your sauce and peppers to the steaks and let them cook for another 10 minutes.  Serve with baked potatoes or some sweet potatoes with a side salad and you have a great meal.  From start to finish including prep time takes about an hour, less if you use a grill.  
So no matter what kind of family your from this dish will make everyone happy and if some are on diets or not hungry dont make them eat this, they probably will anyway because it smells so dang good!  Live, Laugh and Love.   

Heather

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