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Paleo Steak Dinner Zucchini Fries

After last night’s detour into a plate of loaded carne asada nachos from Alejandro’s Taco Shop (easily the best authentic Mexican restaurant in town), I decided to fast for the first part of today and make a great big totally Paleo steak dinner this evening.

Paleo Cilantro Chimichurri Steak Sauce

The steak sauce is chimichurri, a common Argentinian condiment.  From what I understand, chimichurri is basically an acid (lime juice, vinegar, etc) + an oil + herbs probably at least including parsley.  Then, much like everybody here in the US has a different version of cole slaw or baked beans or chili, everybody in Argentina has their own chimichurri recipe.  Today’s chimichurri recipe for me included: white wine vinegar, fresh squeezed lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and a clove of garlic.  Dice everything, mix it together, and let it sit out to flavor-mingle while you’re preparing and cooking everything else.

Full Paleo Steak Dinner

The rosemary zucchini fries were also super delicious.  Slice your zucchini longways into at least eighths (or more if you have great big zucchini), squirt them down with a nice oil, and then sprinkle with rosemary and anything else you’re seasoning your steak with (salt, pepper, etc).

Raw Rosemary Zucchini Fries

Here’s what my fries looked like raw.  I just love rosemary – it’s somehow refreshing and savory at the same time.  A perfect compliment to zucchini to fill out a big Paleo steak dinner!

Grass Fed Flat Iron Steak and Veggies

I used Weber Chicago Steak Seasoning for the 10oz grass fed flat iron steak (which we split to serve the two of us) and also a little on the zucchini fries too.  Also, I’ve started grilling my asparagus first, and then cutting the woody ends off after they’re cooked.  In my head, that makes the part that I eat more moist all the way to the end.  Is that silly?  Maybe.

Onions and Coconut Oil

Finally, I sauteed some onions and garlic in coconut oil while my griller man was tending to the meat and veggies outside.  These soft and flavorful onions were served atop my first ever highly successful batch of Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes!

Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes in the Blender

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are very simple in theory.  Cut the cauliflower into florets, steam them until they’re really soft when you stab them with a fork (minimum 15 minutes), dry them off or at least drain them really well, then pulverize them with some seasonings and butter or other fat.  I’ve tried before to just mash them with a fork, and trust me – that doesn’t work.  You really need to get your blender or food processor out of the cupboard.  For seasoning, I added a little salt and pepper, a thin slice of raw red onion, a garlic clove, some parsley and dill, and just a little freshly ground nutmeg.  I also added 1tbsp butter and 1tsp uncured bacon fat.   One medium cauliflower head (pictured in the blender above) will yield about three cups of pretend mashed potatoes.

Paleo mashed potatoes yield

I won’t pretend that they tasted exactly like mashed potatoes, but I liked them well enough topped with my flavorful fried onions despite not really being a fan of cauliflower in general.  I probably won’t make a habit of making mashed cauliflower because I don’t really care that much and blenders are a huge pain in the ass to wash after you’re done with them.  But it was nice to have a pile of “potatoes” on my steak platter, and I have enough leftover still for two more servings (I’m the only one eating them).

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Blue Cheese Rosemary Garlic Butter on Steak

I cooked my first Grass Fed Steak – A Flat Iron from La Cense Beef – for dinner tonight.  The flavor is a little bit milder than grain-fed beef, which is OK, but what I really liked was the difference in texture.  It absolutely still has the texture of beef, but it’s more delicate.  And the fat in it isn’t so chewy and fatty.  It’s more like an integrated and flavorful part of the beef cut.  I’m happy.

Paleo Flat Iron Steak

But the point of this post isn’t so much about the beef, because I need a little more practice before I gain the hubris to give you all advice on how to properly cook your steak.  🙂  The point is this delicious Steak Butter!  No, it’s not strict Paleo.  But it’s OK with My Personal Paleo Plan.

Soften one tablespoon of butter (for two servings) in the microwave – about 20 seconds.  Add finely chopped herbs (I used rosemary), a finely chopped small garlic clove, and two teaspoons or more stinky cheese.  I had to split the butter into two cups before adding the cheese.  My cup got blue cheese crumbles, and my blue cheese hater got Parmesan cheese in his cup.  Then just fold your ingredients into the butter, and spoon onto your steak just before serving.

PS: Those mashed potatoes in the background are actually mashed cauliflower.  I’m still working out a good recipe for that though too… so far, every time I make it, I’ve added way too much garlic or some other overwhelming flavor.  I’ll figure it out eventually.