Last year, I saw a tweet from the Saucy Mama asking bloggers to enter a recipe contest they were holding. Now I am not a food blogger. I am a blogger who blogs about food, a lot of the time. But I entered a recipe, nonetheless.
Well, I didn't win. There were some great contestants and their food was so much better than mine. So this year when the email came to join in again, I almost didn't enter but I love the Saucy Mama line of marinades and condiments so I did.
As many of you know, I am not a chef. I am a pretty good cook but I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. So to create a recipe, was really hard for me since I am a random willy-nilly sort of cook. I received a box of goodies and thought long and hard about what to make. I decided since some of the best dishes I have created have come from using ingredients I already have in the house, I looked around and actually came up with something.
My recipe is: Saucy Beef Bites, Two Ways. I decided to create a recipe I could use when I am hosting a party. I love having little nibbles and bites and this will work out well. My recipe is a little willy-nilly but it is so easy that you cannot screw it up!
Saucy Beef Bites, Two Ways: Hot Wing Spicy Beef Bite & Peppery Beef Bite
2 Rib Eye steaks
1/2 cup Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce
1/2 cup Saucy Mama Cracked Pepper Marinade
1 cup prepackaged coleslaw mix
1/2 cup julienned arugula leaves
1 small chopped red onion
1 cup Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade
1 French bread baguette
Salt and Pepper to taste
The night before marinade one steak in the Hot Wing sauce and one steak in the Cracked Pepper sauce
Thinly slice the red onion and cook in 1/2 cup Sweet Onion Marinade until soft (20 minutes)
Slice baguette into 1 or 2 inch thick slices. Brush with Olive oil and toast.
Grill steaks and cut into paper thin slices when done
Mix coleslaw mix 1/2 cup Sweet Onion Marinade and set aside
When the toast is ready begin to assemble the appetizers
Hot Wing Spicy Beef Bite
Place a dollop of coleslaw on toast
Top with Hot Wing Marinaded steak
Top with crumbled Bleu Cheese
Drizzle Hot Wing Sauce
Peppery Beef BitePlace Red Onion on toast
Top with Cracked Pepper Steak
Top with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Garnish with julienned arugula
Drizzle with Cracked Pepper Sauce
That's it. It cannot get easier than that. The bites came out delicious. And I got a little crazy and decided to serve them with a martini garnished with some Saucy Mama Jalapeno stuffed olives. Delish!
The Hot and Spicy bite has a kick so if you do not like the spicy, then skip the drizzle. You could instead drizzle the bite with some bleu cheese dressing. The cool coleslaw cut the heat nicely though. I think some chopped celery leaves would have been a great garnish for this dish as well.
The Peppery Bite was my favorite because the sweetness of the onions was cut by the peppery arugula and the sharpness of the Gorgonzola cheese. It was yumminess on a slice of toast.
This will serve up to 12 people. With my ingredients, I was able to make quite a few bites. Of course, it depends on the size of the bread you use and how much steak you pile on. What I also like about this recipe is that it is also very versatile. You can substitute ingredients. You can also use different breads. I will definitely be serving these tasty bites at our next gathering! Wish me luck me on the contest.
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