Cowboy steak's flavor is as big as Texas
Texas cowboys working near the Rio Grande border loved their cowboy steaks flavored with Mexican spices. I tasted a modern version that had a hint of ginger. The spice mixture forms a crisp coating over the steak, keeping the meat juicy with a burst of flavor.
A Texas-style cowboy steak can be 18 ounces to 20 ounces. But, that's Texas. Here's a more manageable version adapted to fit our lifestyle.
Wine suggestion: A juicy, spicy steak would go nicely with a juicy, red Australian shiraz.
Linda Gassenheimer is a food writer for The Miami Herald.
Adobo Rubbed Cowboy Steak
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne
2 medium-size garlic cloves, crushed
3⁄4 pound sirloin steak (skirt, flank, or strip can be used) fat removed
Olive oil cooking spray
Heat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Combine the cumin, ginger, thyme, cayenne and garlic in a bowl. Spoon the spice mixture over both sides of the steak and press in with the back of a spoon. Coat both sides of the steak with the olive-oil spray.
Let the steak sit for 15 minutes while you prepare the potatoes and the vegetables.
Place the steak on the baking tray under the broiler. Broil for 5 minutes. Turn and broil for 4 to5 minutes for medium rare. A meat thermometer should read 145 degrees. Broil for 1 minute longer for a steak about 1-inch thick. Slice the steak and pour the pan juices over it.
Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 313 calories, 13 grams fat, (6 grams saturated), 51 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 127 milligrams cholesterol, 95 milligrams sodium
Garlic-Roasted Potatoes and Zucchini
Olive oil cooking spray
3⁄4 pound red potatoes
1⁄2 pound zucchini
2 medium-size cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Line a baking tray with foil and coat with the olive-oil spray. Wash the potatoes; do not peel. Slice the potatoes about 1⁄2-inch thick. Slice the zucchini about 1⁄2-inch thick.
Mix the garlic and olive oil together on the baking sheet. Add the potatoes and zucchini, and toss to coat. Spread the potatoes and zucchini over the sheet to aluminum form one layer. Place under the broiler for 10 minutes.
Remove the tray and turn over the potatoes and zucchini. Return to the boiler for 5 minutes. Remove the tray to the lower shelf for about 5 minutes while the steak cooks on the upper shelf. Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 210 calories, 6 grams fat, (1 gram saturated), 0 cholesterol,5 grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 15 milligrams sodium.