Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cuban "Butterfly Steak" Recipe

The "Butterfly" Steak
(Bistec de Palomilla)

Said to be Cuban great-grandfather Julio's all-time favorite - flavorful Bistec de Palomilla. Makes the perfect compliment to famous Old Havana Foods "frijoles negros" (Black Beans).

Centuries ago on the island of Cuba, Bistec de Palomilla got it's name because of the way they'd prepare the meat before cooking. You pound the meat with a hammer to spread its "wings" like a Butterfly (creating a thin but rather large steak). But it's the authentic Old Havana seasoning that makes it sizzle!

Here's how you prepare (4) servings of this savory Old Havana classic. You'll need a meat hammer and the following ingredients:

1 pound of lean Top Sirloin (about 1 inch thick)
3 Garlic cloves (peeled)
1/2 cup extra virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 cup of finely-chopped onion
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed Lime Juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
3 garlic cloves (peeled)
1/2 cup finely-chopped fresh Parsley

1. Press your (3) Garlic cloves and combine with salt and pepper into a paste. In a container large enough to marinade your steaks, add 1 tablespoon Lime juice and 1 tablespoon of Orange juice (but don't add the meat just yet!)
2. Lightly pound the steak with a meat hammer (the thinner the better!). Cut into four pieces then drop into container with your garlic marinade, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes-to-an-hour.
3. Add Olive Oil to heavy skillet - heating on MEDIUM. When oil reaches sizzling point, sear your steaks on both sides for a few minutes. Transfer the cooked steaks to a serving platter.
4. Take the left over marinade from the marinade container and add to your skillet, stirring together steak juices for a few minutes to make a savory sauce.
5. Pour sauce over steaks. Top off each steak with 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of parsley.
6. Watch with delight as your guests devour the most flavorful steaks they've ever tasted. Serve with legendary Old Havana Foods Black Beans for an authentic and memorable Cuban-style feast!
Buen Provecho!

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