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Monday, August 15, 2011

Steak, potato salad and "grilled" mushroom, sounds like Summer!

I've been a bit slack recently, but haven't made anything new.

Tonight we had some steak on the BBQ and I thought I'd make my Gran's Potato Salad. We also had grilled Portabella mushrooms with crumbled blue cheese.

I cook the steak using a great grilling guide I found in Parade magazine. Here is the link in PDF form: 

My Gran, as I've previously mentioned, was from Austria, so most of our food, whether lunch, dinner, birthday's, picnics etc was made from scratch. Mum gave me this Potato Salad recipe a few years ago and I like it a lot more than the creamy type that most people have. I think this is the more "traditional" one from Australia because it's sour cream and vinegar based.

Gran's Potato Salad

1kg (2lbs) small new potato - boiled, peeled and sliced (I cheat and use 3 tins of sliced new potatoes, bung em in a saucepan and heat until warm.)
4 shallots (green onions) thinly sliced
1/4 cup lite sour cream
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tspn sugar - rounded
salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes into a large bowl.
Add sour cream, shallots and salt and pepper.
Combine vinegar, water and sugar. Microwave for 20 seconds and pour over potato salad.
Gently mix all ingredients to combine.

Grilled portabella mushrooms

Large portabella mushroom
soy sauce
crumbled blue cheese

Place mushroom on pre-heat BBQ over a medium flame.
Drizzle soy sauce over much depends on you, but don't go overboard.
Cook the mushroom for about 10 minutes, then scatter 2-3 teaspoons of the blue cheese on top and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

And, this is what it looked like on my plate.

I put English Mustard on my steak, but it would taste great with grilled onions and Eta BBQ Sauce.

Eta BBQ Sauce can only be found online here in the USA, but I've found a way to make it that tastes almost identical and can be made with almost everything in your fridge and pantry. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying it and paying for shipping.

Eta BBQ Sauce

1 cup ketchup

¾ cup Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup brown sugar or more to taste

4 teaspoons arrowroot

4 teaspoons hot water

Mix ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a slow boil.

Mix arrowroot and water together to form slurry, combine with the hot sauce and stir until thickened.

Allow to cool and store in a squeeze bottle.

Hope you give all of this a go.



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