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The beginning of the Summer cuisine

February 25, 2011 by Inez 1 Comment »

With Spring in the air, it’s almost time that winter foods be replaced with lovely summer foods.  Stone fruits, avodacos, sugar snap peas, plump healthy red tomatoes, beetroot, corn and fresh herbs  are all some of my favourite summer ingredients and although at the moment most of the typical summer foods havn’t quite ripened in our vegie patches, or made it to our local fruit grocers shelves, with summer so close and the weather much warmer and brighter, it just doesn’t seem right to sit down to meal of Venison with Polenta or a lamb Caserole.   Here is a nice little recipe which will get you in the mood for Summer and all that Summer has to offer.  All of these ingredients are readily available through summer and winter and I chose this recipe because its a mixture of summer and winter.  The presence of steak, mushrooms and garlic give the dish a bit more weight yet the salad and green beens are light and fresh and Summery.

Grilled Garlic Steak Salad

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless beef sirloin or Porterhouse steak
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • Preparation:

    Mix together salad dressing, garlic and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Prepare and heat grill.

    Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and place beef on grill 4-5″ from medium coals. Cover and grill 12-17 minutes, turning once, until desired doneness.

    Meanwhile, toss bell pepper and mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of the dressing mixture. Place in grill basket and grill 5 minutes, shaking grill basket occasionally, until bell pepper and mushrooms are crisp tender.

    Let beef stand for 10 minutes, then cut into 1/4″ slices across the grain. Toss beef and 1/4 cup dressing mixture. Place salad greens, grilled vegetables, and beef in large bowl and toss to coat. Serve with remaining dressing mixture. 6 servings

    Note: For extra depth to the salad I added some sweet potato, sunflower seeds, and tomoato. For added flavour I added a dash of Toasted Sesami Oil with a sprinkling of sesami seeds.

    Wine Pairing:
    Due to the combination of salad and meat it is very hard to find a wine to match. The average light to medium bodied White wine would be unable to match the steak yet a heavy red  would overpower the green beans and salad. So I tried a good full bodied white which could “take on” the red meat, mushrooms and garlic.  The Capitel Croce by Anselmi is a white wine with good body and undoubtedly needs food to compliment it. 
    Anselmi is a winery based in the heart of the Soave zone in Veneto,  however the owner of the winery Roberto Anselmi doesn’t agree with the Appelations as he believes that due to the appelatons there is a lack of ambition amongst the winemakers and so he has decided to produce only IGT wines.  The Capitel Croce is made of 100% Garganega which is the indigenious grape of this area.  Roberto Anselmi’s wines are top class wines for a very good reason, firstly the location of the Capitel Croce vinyard is on a South facing slope so it recieves the lovely warm morning sun.  Secondly the soil in the vinyard is composed of Limestone with grass underneath which is reputed for being an excellent soil composition.  The vines are then grown on horizontal spurred cordons which allow the grapes to recieve maximum sunlight throughout the day.  The grapes are hand picked with only the best and most mature grapes being selected, which are placed into small boxes to ensure they are not damaged once they are off the vine and arrive in the winery is perfect condition.  The grapes are then softly pressed using Pneumetic Pressing, and are aged for 8 months in Barrique.  Capitel Croce is also aged on it’s Lees with the “Battonade” method, (where the Lees are stirred) this gives the wine a certain creamy texture and more body.  It is then further aged in the bottle for 9 months.   As you can see the viticulture and vinification methods are of an extremely high standard and consequently he has produced a delicious medium to full bodied wine with round flavours of nuts, toast and vanilla, and a powerful aroma of citrus and herb. Anselmi Capitel Croce 2004

    Enjoy!!

    Inez O’Shea 
    “A Taste of Italy”

     

    One Response to “The beginning of the Summer cuisine”

    1. exactly where do i find low fat apple dessert recipe made with wheat flour?

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