14 September 2012

Steak Sauce

Smitten kitchen sucked me in.  Again.  I couldn't resist making this steak sauce for our last camping trip.  Since we had bought a bunch of steaks to feed everyone...it just seemed like the perfect match.
Deb waxed poetic about the merits of this steak sauce:
"You cook this mixture for 15 minutes, you pour it on steak and then after that, you throw away every bottled condiment in your fridge because they had a good run. You appreciate their years of service. You hope they’ll find their new digs suitable and understand that it wasn’t them and it wasn’t you either. It was this punchy rust-colored jar of unparalleled steak awesomeness that put them out of business, and it’s really not sorry."
You know me...I'm such a sucka for anything roasted or broiled.  That blackened skin just lets me know that there are layers upon layers of flavor in this sauce.  And when you add in some home-grown tomatoes...well, things get kicked up a notch.  And that's my kind of recipe.
The other ingredients are equally intriguing.  Orange juice?  Molasses?  Ginger?  Allspice?  Yes.
Everything gets thrown in the food processor, and then simmered for fifteen minutes.
But the real key is to put it through the food processor again after simmering.  That's where you really get some smoothness to this sauce.
Absolutely tasty.  I highly recommend using a real plate for steak - paper just doesn't work.

Recipe from smitten kitchen.

  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup fresh chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1.  Cut the pepper in half and put it in the broiler, skin side up, for 6-8 minutes until the skin starts getting black.
2.  Put the pepper and the rest of the ingredients in the food processor.
3.  Transfer to a small sauce pan and simmer for 15 minutes.  I was watching TV so I'm sure I simmered it for longer.  Really you're just trying to thicken it to your desired sauce consistency.
4.  Return mixture to the food processor and process until smooth.

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