Can it possibly be that I have not cooked anything since July 23, the date of the last post?
Well, no. Not exactly.
I have cooked, just nothing too exotic or new.
Plus there was that little matter of being gone on vacation for a bit longer than a week.
But I am back.
And I have cooked.
And I shall cook again.
I am thinking Monday will be a good day to really break out with something new since I am off work and can spend some time thinking about it.
But for now, I give you a recipe that I made once before going on vacation and once since being home: grilled tri tip with smoked paprika mayo.
I adapted this from another recipe, as I so often do.
The original recipe, which used tenderloin instead of tri tip was in the July 2008 issue of Gourmet magazine.
I used tri tip because it was waaaaaaaay less expensive than the tenderloin.
So, let's grill.
2 large garlic cloves
1 1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp smoked paprika (there IS a difference between this and regular paprika. get the smoked)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tri tip, trimmed of excess fat
Mince garlic and then mash with salt. I use a mortar and pestle, you also can use the back of a spoon.
Stir in smoked paprika, cumin, pepper and oil.
Pat tri tip dry and rub with garlic-paprika mixture to coat.
You can cook it right away or let it sit. I let mine sit at least a couple hours.
Heat grill on high.
Cook meat on one side to get a nice sear and coating then flip it over to sear the other side.
Lower heat to medium and cook until done.
Meat should have a center temperature of 125-130 degrees with a meat thermometer.
This should give you a meat cooked to medium in the center. The ends will be more well done.
Remove meat from grill and let rest while you make the mayo.
Reserve any juices to use in the mayo.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
Stir together all ingredients and then add in reserved juice from the meat if you want it.
I did one with the juice and one without when I cooked this.
Both times it was really tasty.
And the mayo will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks.
I used some of the leftovers on grilled portabello mushroom sandwiches. It was excellent.
Slice the meat thinly and on an angle.
Serve warm or at room temperature with the mayo.
Leftovers of this are yummy and would make excellent sandwiches.
The second time I made it I used the leftover meat, chopped up, to make carne asada tacos.