A Recipe from Paleo Chef Rachel

Make sure to reserve your spot for the Paleo Cooking Class with Chef Rachel April 30th at  CrossFit Scottsdale from 6pm-9pm.  Paleo Challenge Participants get 3 bonus points! Here is one of her recipes to get you started:

Steak with Cumin & Mustard Rub      

Prep: 10 minutes/ Cooking: 8 to 25 minutes/Yield: 4-6 servings

This is my favorite way to season and cook steak. It combines three great spices that add immense flavor and antioxidants. I like to leave any visible fat on the steaks. It adds moisture, particularly with lean cuts of meat. (The fat in beef is preferable, from a health standpoint, to the fat in vegetable oils.) I round out the meal with cooked leafy greens or a crisp green salad with a side of fresh fruit.

For a smaller piece of meat, reduce seasonings and cooking time as needed. I used an 8-ounce buffalo steak, which took only about 2 or 3 minutes per side to come out rare.

Press Test: To test meat, hang your hand by your side. Rare meat will feel flaccid, like the web between your thumb and forefinger. Make a a loose fist and press again; that’s medium-rare. Make a tight fist and press into the web; that’s what well-done (really overdone) feels like.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless or 2 pounds bone-in beef or bison/buffalo steak (at least 1-inch thick): sirloin, tenderloin, fillet, NY strip, top loin, round tip, flank, London Broil, rib-eye, T-bone, porterhouse, club or sandwich steak, or other cut        

1 to 1 tablespoon melted avocado oil, or extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt, or to taste, optional

1 to 2 tablespoon ground cumin, or as needed to coat

1 to 2 tablespoons ground dry mustard (powder), or as needed to coat

1.   Preheat a medium-hot gas grill or preheat broiler. If using broiler, position a broiling rack 2 to 3 inches from heat source for 3/4-inch thick steaks, 3 to 4 inches for 1- to 1 1/2-inch thick steaks, 4 to 6 inches for 1 1/2- to 2-inch thick steaks.

2.   Pat steaks dry, then rub with olive or avocado oil. Lightly sprinkle both sides with sea salt and pepper; rub seasonings in with the back of a spoon. Liberally sprinkle one side with cumin and rub in with the back of a spoon. Turn and repeat with mustard on the second side. If time permits, let meat rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cover loosely with parchment and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

3.   If using an electric oven or toaster oven, add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the broiler pan (elevate the meat on the tray above). The liquid should not touch the bottom of the meat rack. During cooking, leave the door of an electric oven ajar. If grilling, place meat on hot grill.

4.  Grill or broil steaks, turning them after the halfway point. To test for doneness, make a small slit in the steak and check the center. The interior should be slighlty less done than desired; the steaks will continue cooking after you remove them from the heat.

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