Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Eyeball Jello Shots


Note: You can substitute the vodka for any other flavored vodka or a liqueur like White Crème de Cacao.

Cooking muzak:

Woolworth's Frito Pie :An Old School Santa Fe Favorite

Now my Aunt Gina's going to be tiffed that I'm sharing this recipe, she already got mad at Anthony Bourdain for sharing it, but what can I say, it's part of my history thus must be included in my cyber scrapbook! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

You know, thank goodness for the internet, because you can only make green and red chili so many ways....
Eat your hearts out Kentucky! 
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 
1 small onion, finely chopped 
1/2 cup vodka 
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce 
1 cup tomato sauce 
1 rounded tablespoon prepared horseradish 
Salt and pepper 
1 1/3 pounds beef sirloin cut into large bite-sized pieces, 1 by 2 inches 
Steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper 6 to 8 inch bamboo skewers

Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce
Adapted by Rachael Ray

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and onions and saute 5 minutes. Add vodka and reduce by 1/2. Add Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and horseradish. Stir to combine the dipping sauce and return the sauce to a bubble. Add salt and pepper and adjust seasonings. Heat nonstick skillet over high heat. Coat meat bites lightly in oil. Season with steak seasoning blend or salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the meat until caramelized all over, about 2 minutes on each side.

For a cute serving idea, purchase coffins at your local craft store. Lightly coat the meat and put into the coffin for each guest. Serve the bloody mary dipping sauce on the side to be put into the coffin once opened.

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