Showing posts with label prime sirloin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prime sirloin. Show all posts

Friday, November 11, 2011

French Dip with a Side of Fries!

I love French Dips. I don't know why I don't make them more often. They are simple, easy, and only a little time consuming. But well worth it. When making this French Dip I chose a really good cut of meat. Because there is nothing going on the sandwich, other than the meat, the meat becomes the most important aspect of the food. I bought Prime Top Sirloin from the grocery. It melts in your mouth. It has a higher cost than choice graded meats, but well worth it. I bought the meat at Costco. They always have a nice selection of prime graded meats at a decent price. I picked up really fresh rolls from the bakery in the grocery store. Yum!!
French Dips w/Oven Baked French Fries
Prime Top Sirloin
1 Roll per Sandwich
Beef Base
See how, in the picture of the meat, it looks slightly frozen?
I did that on purpose. This beef will slice much better
on the slicer if it is frozen some. Not all the way, just for about
2 hours before you are going to cut it. This makes it is so much easier to
slice thin on the slicer, or slice thin with a knife.
The fries take about 35-40 minutes to bake,
so we will put those in the oven first.
Wash your potato. Set your oven at 350 degrees.
Slice your potato in quarters.
Start slicing the quarters into slices like in the pic.
Place on a sprayed baking sheet or use
parchment paper.
Sprinkle the fries with garlic powder and light salt.
Bake. About half way through the baking, turn each wedge
over so the other side can bake easier.

 Lets make your au jus.
I used a beef base to make the au jus. I needed to boil
1 cup of water.

Once the water boils, add 1 tablespoon of beef base.
Turn heat to simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
It's done.

 I cut all of the meat on a slicer.
If you don't have a slicer, you can use a knife, just be sure to
cut the meat thin.
In your frying pan, melt a pat of butter.
Once the butter is melted turn up the temp to medium high.
Put your meat in and cook quickly.
It tastes better if cooked quick and on high.
 Slice your yummy, fresh roll.
Fill with your cooked sirloin.
Pour enough au jus in a dish so you can dip your dip!
Take your french fries from the oven and.....

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Next up~ Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

BBQ Tips & Fries

My all time favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is Bob Taylor's Original Ranch House. Bob Taylor's opened in 1955, and is the oldest, existing restaurant in the city. The restaurant opened in the northwest part of the valley, when there was nothing else there except for a few other ranches. It had a cozy, welcoming feel to it from the minute you opened the door, and it still does. But, because of the growth of the city, the Ranch House is now smack in the middle of a neighborhood.  I started eating there in 1981, and I never want to stop. This recipe is my remake of my favorite meal from the Ranch House.

BBQ Tips & Fries
(Serves 2)
1/2 of an Onion
4 Idaho Potatoes
 2 teaspoon + 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
Oil for frying
1/2 lb. Prime Top Loin Sirloin
I used this meat for a reason. I wanted a really good cut of meat
that would not need seasoning to bring out the flavor.
There are very few places to get Prime cut meat,
outside of a butcher shoppe, but I 
did find it at Costco where I have gotten it before.
Wash and dry 4 potatoes. 2 per person.
Cut each potato in half.
Cut each half in half.
Slice each quarter piece into slices.
 Put all the potato slices in a colander and rinse well.
You want to get as much starch off of them as you can.
Cut the ends off of the onion.
Cut the onion in half.
Peel the onion.
Cut the half in half.
Chop the quarter onion in 1" pieces.
Pull the pieces apart. You will have onion pieces that
look a little like petals.
I used a deep fryer to fry the potatoes. Set it at 350 degrees. 
If you do not want to use a deep fryer, you can fill a 
frying pan or a sauce pan with enough oil to cover the 
french fries. Set it at 350 degrees also.
Let's cut the meat for the tips.
Trim off the excess fat. Slice the sirloin into strips.
Then cut each slice into about a 1/2" piece of meat.
Place the fries in the fryer. They will take a little longer
to cook than the tips.
Heat up the pan with a teaspoon of oil.
Add your meat. Cook on high temperature.
 Let the meat sizzle.
Add your onions about 3 minutes before you figure the
meat will be done.
Take out the fries and let them drain on a paper towel 
placed on a plate.
When your meat is almost done, add 2 teaspoons
of BBQ sauce. Coat all the meat with the sauce.
Plate the meat and french fries.
Add the 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce.

Thank you for joining me today for one of my favorite meals ever!

Please come back tomorrow when we will be 
constructing a side dish that could be an entree,
Nachos, Nachos, Nachos!!

See you then!!