Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grilled Steak with Texas Mop sauce

  • 1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed decaffeinated coffee
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free pancake syrup
  • 1 (1 1/2-lb.) sirloin steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Makes 4 Servings
  1. In a small saucepan, combine tomaot sauce, coffee, Worcestershire sauce and syrup. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Transfer 2/3 cup of the sauce to a small bowl and reserve for dipping.
  2. Lightly coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Rub steak on both sides with pepper. Grill steak , bastin frequently with remaining 1/3 mop sauce, 5-7 minutes per side for medium-rare. Allow steak to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Cut steak into thin slices, divide evenly among 4 plates and serve with reserved mop sauce for dipping.

Note: This recipe appears in the South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook. Another Winner, Winner, steak dinner from the folks at South Beach. I'm not much of a coffee drinker but the coffee was delicious in this dish. Coffee often shows up in Texasin mop sauce. Mop sauce is a sauce that is used to mop, or baste, while it is cooking, resulting in a very moist and tender dish. Mop sauce came about hhen President Johnson threw a barbecue and called upon is favorite Pitmaster Walter Jetton to cook up a meal that often feed hundreds of people. This meal would be cooked on an open air fire pit that measured about 40 square feet. Walter would cover every square inch of this surface in ribs, roasts and meats of every variety. To keep the meat moist he mopped it, with a real mop. Hence the barbecue term, "mop." You can use any kind of steak, chicken, pork and certain kinds of fish with this mop sauce and you dinner will still be delicious. I do highly recommend seasoning the steak with freshly ground black pepper and garlic for a flavorful taste. Your family and friends will love this dish and keep coming back for more when you serve this dinner, trust me.

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