Sheriff's Steak Relish
For our inaugural 2014 post, this recipe comes my good friend Sheriff Charley Cosmato, and is a recipe we concocted on the fly back in late October while spending a cold autumn night in the cabin on Craig Creek. Below are C's instructions -- we grilled medium-rare steak (rubbed with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper ... please refer to my previous posts about grilling or broiling red meat) and relish with a baked sweet potato and roasted red peppers.
- Five or so lightly oiled, long-bodied, medium-hot peppers roasted on the top rack of a hot grill (550 lid temp) with lid down until thoroughly blistered and softened through.
- 4 shots of quality bourbon and 3 craft beers (1 stout + 2 IPA)
- Dash of sea salt
- Red wine vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 3 dark-roasted, whole coffee beans
While grill his heating, pour beer and bourbon in the chef. A friend can help with this by telling jokes and co-drinking.
Cook peppers (see above).
While peppers are still hot remove stem ends with a sharp knife (discard ends). Take care as the knife is sharp and the senses are dull. Place peppers (seeds and all) in blender along with coffee beans, sea salt, a splash of vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Pulse blender on high speed. Scrape sides and repeat. Add vinegar and olive oil to taste and repeat pulse cycle until consistency of mixture is
creamy, but not runny (not unlike a prepared creamy horseradish).
You should have enough relish for two large servings of flank steak. Relish can be used as a dip or topping.