March 21, 2003

Fake Steak

Carol came over on Friday night, so I made two things from my childhood -- Fake Steak, and Long John Silvers Corn.

Fake Steak is what my father called either a chuck steak or London Broil that is doctored and grilled. I used a 3 lb London Broil for this one. But a 7-bone chuck steak can also be pretty good.

Combine lemon juice, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, spices, herbs, pepper, salt, meat tenderizer, and a bit of oil. I like to make sure it ends up pretty sweet and sour. Marinate the steak for at least half an hour. Grill over high heat for 5 minutes per side, then move off the direct heat, coat with additional marinate. Cover the grill and cook for another 5 minutes per side. Let rest, and slice very thin.

Long John Silvers Corn is not called that because Pirates Love Corn ("Arr, matey, pass the butter!") -- although I tried to convince Carol of that. It's called that because it's how corn is served at Long John Silvers Seafood Shoppes.

Basically, it's just corn boiled in a fairly small amount of water, a whole stick of butter, salt, pepper, and just a bit of sugar. I think at LJS, they let it boil for the better part of a day. I usually do it for 15 minutes or so -- which is much longer than I cook good corn in season. But I'm pretty sure that March doesn't count as "in season" even here in California.

Oh yeah, and you have to cut the corn in half to form "Cobbettes" -- otherwise it just isn't Pirate Corn. "Aye, matey, pass another Cobbette down this-a-ways."

Posted by dowdy at March 21, 2003 08:16 PM