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What's for Dinner? Grilled Kobe Tri Tip

Posted by Food Pear-ings

Family Night Dinner with The Ardent Epicure
Grilled Kobe Tri Tip, Red Quinoa,
a Summer Salad and more

Well it seems that summer has been slow coming, at least here in Southern California.
Until the last few days we have been in a deep June Gloom...Well the fog has lifted...
Here at the beach, there is still the morning overcast, but the afternoons have
 been heating up. We now have loads of the ever so famous California sunshine :)

Now normally Family Time Dinner is not something we think about posting,
however we have a couple of lovely stars worthy of a mention. One being
these beautiful white asparagus, second a perfect kobe tri tip steak.

There however is one thing missing from Family Time, and that is our show...
We record on the dvr the show Modern Family, and this has been a tradition
since the shows first airing. This is now called "Our 15 minutes of family time"
(30 minute show, recorded - commercials = 15 minutes family time)

OK, we know, we are nerds, but it is a very funny show :)
If you are already not familiar,postings under "Food Pear-ings" are when
two or all three members cook together...This is another non-recipe post,
with the exception of the salad dressing. The ingredients speak for themselves here.

What you will need:
So here we will tell you what we used and what we did...

For the salad:
 Red tip leaf and leaf lettuces
Tangelos, pealed and sectioned
Yellow bell peppers, sliced
Kalamata olives, pitted
Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
Arrange as desired
TAE summer dressing, on the side

For the Red Quinoa:
Red quinoa
Replaced 1/4 cup of water with fresh tangelo juice
1-2 dried red peppers
Cook as directed for approximately 20 minutes
In a covered sauce pan

For the kobe tri tip:
1-2 pounds kobe tri tip steak
Extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh ground pepper and a pinch of salt
Cut steak in half lengthwise (if it is a thick steak)
Tenderize with a meat tenderizer for a bit
Baste with olive oil mixture
Grill on a hot grill at high heat,
until outer side is seared and crusted, 
with meat at a medium rare

For the white asparagus:
Fresh white asparagus, trimmed
Cook until tender
Salt and pepper to taste

For the The Ardent Epicure summer salad dressing:
Blend of extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil and
White balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lime, and 1/4 zest
1 nectarine, pitted
Salt, pepper, and Italian dry herbs to taste
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth

For the tangelo tinged butter sauce:
Butter, cubbed
Zest of 1/4 tangelo
A few leaves of fresh sage, chopped
Slowly melt butter with additional ingredients
Pour through a fine strainer, reserve butter

You will notice that very little is done for prep as far as the tri tip.
The kobe beef tri tip is highly marbled and intensely flavorful,
so the less the better...For more information on this type of beef please
see our Food of the Week post on Wagyū beef...

Dinner is served :)
Grilling credits - Truffle Shuffle
Shopping credits - Magic of Spice
Served with more of the Red Dragon Cheese :)

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