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Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Arugula, Crispy Leeks, and Butternut Squash Seed Oil

If you have been following my blog, you know that each summer my cooking classes go on hiatius, and I head to the Adirondack Mountains to be with my family up on the lake.

It doesn’t take long to forget all about your cell phone (which has no service), or the TV that hasn’t been turned on in a month. Waking up to this view every morning has a way of letting you quickly forget about everything that is going on in the rest of the world. The calls of the loons, the sound of the water splashing up on the dock, the wind whispering through the pine trees on a perfect 78 degree afternoon, and the laughter of our kids, have lulled me into a state of complete relaxation.

I have just one week left before it is time to return home, and I plan to make the most of each day, knowing I will take with me the memories of one of the best summers yet.

 

One of those memories includes a trip with my sister down the mountain and into town to the farmer’s market in time for this month’s 5 Star Makeover event.

hosted by 5 Star Foodie & Lazaro Cooks!

 

I really enjoyed the flexibilty of this month’s ” Farmer’s Market” theme, knowing I would be preparing this one in my kitchen away from home, and with limited access to ingredients.

I walked into the market without any type of plan at all. I wanted to see what struck me first, and then go from there.

As soon as I sampled some of the  squash seed oils from Stony Brook Wholehearted Foods, I knew I had direction. The seed oils are made from locally grown squash (delicata, pumpkin, kabocha, and my favortite butternut squash)  offering amazing warmth and a rich,  nutty flavor. The accompanying aroma works to provide the one two punch that takes this oil out of this world (Get yourself some of this oil to try).

Knowing the butternut squash seed oil would be the star of the dish I would create, I continued on through the market for further inspiration. Grass fed beef tenderloin from a local farm caught my attention, as well as beautiful baby arugula and fresh leeks.

So here’s what I came up with:

 

 I combined soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and the butternut squash seed oil. I used a teeny bit to marinate the beef, and the rest was reduced down before finishing the sauce with butter.

I grilled the beef rare, and slice on the diagonal into thin pieces. I juleined the leeks and fried them until crisp. Arugula was tossed gently with additional butternut squash seed oil before being rolled all together in the tender beef.

My parents got to be taste testers on this new dish, and want you to know they really enjoyed the flavors, and that this recipe is a “keeper”!

These Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Arugula, Crispy Leeks, and Butternut Squash Seed Oil make an elegant hors d’oeurve for any occaision, and are quick to assemble/making them ideal for entertaining. They were pretty good as a likeside lunch too!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of our 5 Star Makover group has come up with, and hope you too, will check out the round up on Friday!

Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin Rolls with Arugula, Crispy Leeks, and Butternut Squash Seed Oil

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons butternut squash seed oil, divided

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large leek (white part only) trimmed, julienned

1/2 cup canola oil

10 ounces beef tenderloin

1 1/2 cups baby arugula

 

Combine soy sauce and next 4 ingredients together in a small bowl, whisking to dissolve sugar.

Heat the remaining mixture in a small sauce pan over medium high heat; bring to a boil and reduce sauce for a minute. Reduce heat to low and whisk in butter, one tablespoon at a time.

Heat grill to high heat. Grill tenderloin steak 3 minutes on first side to sear, then turn heat down to medium high. Continue grilling to desired preparation (I like the steak to be rare); keeping in mind if using grass-fed beef, the cook time will be reduced by about 20 percent.

Let steak rest for 10 minutes. Slice steak on the diagonal into thin strips.

While you are letting the steak rest, heat canola oil over medium high heat in a small saute pan. Add leeks, and fry until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Place arugula on a plate and toss gently with remaining butternut squash seed oil.

Assembly:

Gather 4-5 baby arugula leaves together and place over a slice of beef tenderloin steak. Top with a pinch of crispy leeks and roll up, securing with a bamboo pick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Makes 12 rolls

 

 

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Grilled Baby Potato & Broccolini Picnic Salad

Though June 21st is the official first day of summer ,  don’t you feel like Memorial Day weekend is the quintessential kick-off for summertime festivities?
Kids are either out of school, or counting down the days to “No more pencils, no more books…..” The weather is getting warm (or if you live here, HOT!), and we are ready to hit the road, whether its to the beach, the mountains, or your best friend’s backyard.
What better way to celebrate these extended days?
Let’s eat our food outside!
 

This month’s 5 star Makeover theme is picnic food; just in time for Memorial Day weekend, and all of the lazy days of summer that lay ahead.

When it comes to picnic food, I can’t help but think of the American staple,  potato salad.  So many directions you can go–I had to put a spin on this classic perennial favorite.
Having just finished a week of cooking classes,  I had a  jar of roasted garlic oil  reserved from the carnitas I made. I  told everyone in class, that saving the olive oil in which the garlic roasted was a very good idea. It would make  wonderful as a base for a salad dressing, drizzled on bread or as I have used it here, brushed on vegetables before grilling.

I don’t know about you, but when the weather is nice, I like to do as much cooking out on the grill as possible, and that goes for veggies too. So my potato salad will get its start with the warm garlic infused flavors you see here. The vegetables really don’t need a whole lot of anything else, and would be wonderful sitting alongside some grilled chicken or steak all on their own.

But to make this a “salad” I needed to add a few additional ingredients. Tomatoes and cilantro were added along with a roasted jalapeno vinaigrette to add a little bit of zip.

 

 

You’ll want to serve this salad at room temperature to enjoy all of the flavors at their finest, which makes it ideal for the portable picnic. You can make it ahead of time, and  if you want to have some fun with this, pick up some Chinese take out boxes at our local craft store, or pack in individual mason jars.

Go ahead and vary the ingredients too, depending on what you find at the market: corn, zucchini, asparagus, all would make excellent candidates for this spin on traditional potato salad.

So what about you? Are you heading anywhere this weekend?   I have been traveling a lot these last few weeks, and think that spending a quiet weekend here at home on the back porch sounds just about right. I plan to catch up on my favorite blogs, and can’t wait to see what all of the other participants have come up with this month!

Thanks to our hosts, Natasha of 5 Star Foodie and Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! who  will be posting a round up of all of the recipes on their sites tomorrow. Be sure to check them out!

Grilled Baby Potato & Broccolini Picnic Salad

Garlic Oil (see recipe below)

Salt and pepper

1 1/2 pounds new potatoes

1 pound broccolini

1 large red onion, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rings

2 medium tomatoes, diced (red & yellow if available)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic oil over potatoes, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly to coat potatoes evenly with garlic oil mixture. Bake potatoes 30 minutes. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a large sauce pan filled with water to boil. Add broccolini, and cook 2 minutes. Transfer broccolini to a colander and rinse under cold water to stop cooking process. Set aside.

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush potaotes, broccolini, and red onions with garlic oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place potatoes, onions, and broccolini directly on grill grate.

Cook time:

Broccolini: 2 minutes per side

Potatoes: 5 minutes per side

Onions: 5 minutes per side

Remove vegetables from grill as they finish cooking, and transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature.

Add tomatoes and cilantro to bowl. Add desired amount of dressing (recipe follows) and toss well to combine.

6-8 servings

 

Dressing:

2 or 3 roasted jalapeno chilies, peeled and seeded

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

For dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

 

Garlic Oil

3/4 cup olive oil

3 heads  garlic, excess paper removed, top trimmed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place garlic in small baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic. Cover with alluminum foil; bake 1 hour. Remove garlic from oil and cool completely. Reserve garlic oil.

 

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