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Friday, May 27, 2011

Balsamic Steaks with Roasted Jalapeno Aioli

The best meal, in my book, is any meal where every part is fantastic on it's own, but when brought together, something absolutely magical happens.

This meal was just that.

The steak had a wonderful balsamic flavor to them.  They were tender cuts of meat.  It would have been absolutely wonderful all by itself.

The aioli....well, come on... we all know my love for sauces and I think you can also figure out that I am a HUGE fan for aioli.  There is just something wonderful about aioli.  And this one is no different.  The roasted jalapenos not only added a little spice, but they added a fantastic bit of flavor.  Again, it was wonderful on it's own.  Seriously, I could have just spooned it into my mouth.

Put the two amazing pieces of this meal together and, like I said, something magical happens.  Taste buds will go wild with this one!

Balsamic Steaks with Roasted Jalapeno Aioli
Steak marinade adapted from About.com; Aioli created by Jenn's Food Journey
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients:
1 pound top sirloin steak
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
For Aioli -
1 large jalapeno, seeded and cut into quarters
1 large garlic clover, quartered
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
3/4 Tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more for a bit more bite)

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together the balsamic, Worcestershire, brown sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined.  Place the steaks in a resealable bag and pour the marinade over it.  Seal the bag and allow to marinate in the fridge for 4 hours.

To make the sauce:   Heat your grill to medium high.  Place the jalapeno over the flame and allow it to blacken on all sides.  (you can always heat a skillet over high heat and add the jalapeno to the dry skillet, allowing all sides to char)  Remove from the grill and place in a bowl and over with plastic wrap, of place in a Ziploc bag and seal.  Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.  When cooled enough to handle, peel the charred skin, remove the stem and seeds and cut into quarters.  Add the garlic to a bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.  Add the jalapeno and parsley and pulse until minced.  Add the lime juice, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Pulse until just combined.  Pour into serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees.  Remove the steaks from the bag and discard the marinade.  Place the steaks directly over the fire and allow to cook for 4-10 minutes per side depending on desired doneness.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it.  Serve with roasted jalapeno aioli.  Enjoy!

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16 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

OMG, that aioli could go on steak, on chicken, on sandwiches, thinned out as salad dressing ... any meal, any time of day!!!

StephenC said...

For someone as busy as you are, you keep coming up with fabulous stuff.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I've not tried any sauce on steak other than A-1. How boring is that?? LOL! I love the idea of the jalapeno in the aioli, I bet it would make an awesome chicken salad base, too :) The steaks look perfect, great color on the outside & nice & pink inside. *~*note to self get steaks & make this!*~*

Design Wine and Dine said...

OMG - magical YES! Love the grill marks and the wonderful glaze on that steak! Mmmmm!

Cranberry Morning said...

That sounds just amazing, and the photos, well, that steak looks like it's grilled to perfection - a little pink and very moist. Yum!!

Anonymous said...

I still can't comment so I am trying it a new way... let's hope it works!

The steak looks perfectly cooked and the aioli sounds AMAZING. Nicely done my friend.

Pam
For the Love of Cooking

Chris said...

Frickity frack yum! A jalapeno aioli sounds just out of this world. I'm book marking to try this one. I've got a beef tenderloin, maybe I'll serve it with that instead of a horseradish sauce.

Jennifurla said...

Oh my dear, I am always drooling over here on your blog. I must try this sauce.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I'm with you, Jenn, I love sauces! This aioli sounds like the perfect accompaniment to that steak. And the steak looks nicely done--a little pink, but not red (yikes) or blue (YIKES)!

Lyndsey said...

Wow, this looks fantastic. You have a lot of wonderful flavors going on here. Perfect for the upcoming weekend.

Mary said...

This combination sounds amazing and comes just in time for the holiday weekend. I suspect you'll have a lot of happy readers as a result of this post. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmm! I can just imagine all the amazing flavor these steaks hold!! And the aioli is totally an added bonus!!

Sues

Cheeseboy said...

Oh, I've never tasted Roasted Jalapeno Aioli. That sounds really good.

Angie's Recipes said...

I love the grill mark left on the steak! ;-)) And the combination of flavours is irresistible!

Michael Toa said...

What beautiful piece of meat. Love the grill mark too. The aioli sounds delicious.

xl pharmacy said...

it looks delicious, specially the color and slice. I have to try it out. I bet that there isn't nothing like this.