Nirvana Beef with Expresso-Ancho Chili Sauce and Lime Cilantro “Cauliflower Rice”

Asian Food, beef, grill, low carb, marinade, meat, Paleo, Tomato

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I have been tweaking the perfect sauce for beef for a very long time. I finally learned that simpler is better. Over time, I took out the complicated and unnecessary ingredients of my previous concoctions. My dinner guests AKA, “guinea pigs” to my eclectic recipes, told me I finally got it right. More about that later…First, the beef and it’s marinade:

2 or 3 lbs. organic, grass fed beef, I’m using 2 New York strips and 2 Rib-eyes because that’s what I had in the fridgidare.

1/2 cup sake

3 Tablespoons Ume Plum Vinegar

2 Tablespoons organic Nama Shoyu or organic Tamari, reduced sodium

2 Tablespoons sichuan peppercorns (Chinese coriander seed) ground

4 garlic cloves

Pour over the beef and let marinade for 3 hours or even overnight

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Next: get the expresso-ancho chili sauce ready in a saucepan:

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3 Tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder

1 cup organic tomato puree

7 oz.  freshly brewed expresso

2 Tablespoons Ume Plum vinegar

3 Tablespoons sake

3 Tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns, ground (optional but delish)

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and simmer for about 15 minutes.How simple is that? Keep warm until the beef is grilled and the cauliflower rice is ready. If the sauce is too thin, add a little tomato paste, too thick, add water. It should look like a red gravy. It will look like this:

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It looks good, right? It tastes scrump. You can keep some in a glass jar in the frigidaire for a few days. It’s great on a lot of food items. Chicken, fish and what-not. Now for the cauliflower rice:

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1 Tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter

1 head of organic cauliflower, rough cut in a food processor until it resembles rice

2 Tablespoons sichuan peppercorns, ground (I used a mortar & pestle)

The zest and juice of 4 limes

2 shallots, diced

2 slices fresh ginger, diced

1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup cilantro, chopped

Combine all the ingredients except the cilantro and grated cheese in a pan and sautee with a Tablespoon of ghee for about 7 minutes. Add the cilantro and cheese and continue cooking for another minute. Remove from the heat. It should look like this:

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Yes, nice, toasty and fluffy. And it tastes better than white rice. Now grill the beef and slice it up into the sauce. You can even serve the sauce on the side if you like, I’m just suggesting. Mound some of the cauliflower rice in a plate or bowl. Pour the beef and sauce over the cauliflower rice. Brew some green tea to drink. Reflect on the wonderful day the beautiful universe has given us.

This sauce in this recipe is great as a steak sauce, BBQ sauce, and as a condiment with many other dishes. Keep some extra just for dipping. This sauce is 12 years in the making. A lot of my heart and soul has gone into this. The mixture of expresso and ancho chili is pure food alchemy. It’s a pleasant surprise and totally unexpected. The leftovers of this entire dish are amazing, re-heated. Make enough for lunch the next day, for someone you love.

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Schwarma with Tahini Sauce

chicken, grill, lamb, low carb, marinade, meat, rotissorie, schwarma, tahini, tahini sauce, zero carb

Schwarma 13If you have never tried schwarma, you must try it! It’s similar to the gyros of my youth, growing up near Tarpon Springs, Florida (my father’s hometown). It’s an Israeli version of gyros. You can serve it with pita bread or flat bread, but to make it low carb, I skipped the bread part. You will need a rotisserie kit for your grill or a vertical rotisserie. I got mine at Home Depot for $50 bucks. It’s awesome for making schwarma, gyros, and just plain rotisserie chicken.

First, the sauce:

1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)-I used a Lebanese brand here
2-3 gloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt-not too much
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon parsley or mint, finely chopped (optional)

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Mix together until it looks like this:

Schwarma 6Then, for the Schwarma:

2 lbs chicken breast, boneless with skin & 2-3 lbs. lamb

For the Marinade:

5 cloves of garlic
½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon caraway (ground fennel)
½ teaspoon cardamon
½ teaspoon of oregano or thyme
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon crushed peppercorn
¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon fenugreek

1 star anise

add 1/3 cup of fresh parsley or mint

 

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Spread on the chicken & lamb, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and work it in. Now marinate for 4 hours.

Schwarma 4Now that it’s marinated, skewer on to the rotisserie:

Schwarma 9Trim it up and thread the trimmings on the ends. Tuck some onion and herbs in between.

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I have enlisted the help of my trusty assistant in the above two photos. Great job!

Then, enjoy on a plate with some of the tahini sauce. Yummy.

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