Grilled beef kebabs; parsley sauce; tomatoes; marble potatoes; salad with olives and avocado – 14 September 2013

I offered to cook, since D was helping R with a project all day. I found some great powerhouse wines in the basement the other day, and decided to cook for one of them (since D is not likely to!).

main130914I decided on a recipe from Weber’s Real Grilling. 2 lb big beef kebabs (1 1/2″ on a side) from top sirloin are rubbed with 1/2 tsp “granulated garlic” (could not find, so micro-minced one extremely fat clove of garlic) and 1/2 tsp black pepper, and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour, then brought to room temp for at least 2o minutes, doused in 2 Tbsp olive oil and mooshed around till it is well distributed. After skewering, 1/2 tsp kosher salt is sprinkled over the kebabs – I used almost twice this and think more would be better – and they are grilled about 7 minutes, grilling on all four sides during that time.

130914-settingCuise 1 cup lightly compacted parsley leaves with a bit of stem, 1 Tbsp rinsed and drained capers, 2 anchovy fillets, and 2 hard boiled egg yolks. Drizzle in 6 Tbsp olive oil while the Cuisinart runs, then stir in 2 tsp red wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper.

I took the suggestion to serve over tomato slices, since we still had some early girls from Dirty Girl Produce at the Tuesday market, and this was an interesting addition – bright and happy – but it may have distracted from the tastes of the beef and parsley sauce. wine130914I also boiled up (15 mins in salted water) all the marble potatoes we had, drained them (they cooled completely during this time), sliced in half, and reheated in butter on low for quite awhile, while I prepared other stuff. Finally, I made a salad of romaine, Nicoise olive halves, a super good Haas avocado I bought today, and a dressing of Chateau St. Jean garlic and basil grapeseed oil (which I would buy more of if they would only sell it near me – it’s superb), red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

It was a very good dinner, but the meat and sides were not breathtakingly good. Just really, really good. I’ve had more exciting dishes from Weber books, which are among my favorite cookbooks.

The wine was a Beaulieu Rutherford cab from 2009 -a wonderful wine. I found it at Costco for $22.

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