Saturday, July 18, 2015

Coffee and Ancho Chile Skirt Steak with Green Chile-Apple Relish

It's an unusual combination, but when coffee and chile mingle with meat, the flavor is extraordinary. The relish adds an exclamation point.

1 tablespoon finely ground coffee 
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder* 
About 2 tsp. kosher salt 
1-1/2 teaspoons packed light or dark brown sugar 
1 skirt steak (1-1/2 to 2 pounds.) 
1/4 pound mild green chiles, such as Anaheim or poblano, cut in half and seeded 
1/2 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, quartered and cored 
1/2 small onion, cut into thick slices 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves 
1/2 teaspoon lime juice 

1. Heat a grill to medium-high (350° to 450°). In a small bowl, combine coffee, chile powder, 2 teaspoons salt, and the brown sugar. Rub all over steak and let sit. Rub green chiles, apple, and onion with oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Grill steak, turning once (dry rub on meat will be very dark), 8 to 10 minutes total for medium-rare. Meanwhile, grill chiles, apple, and onion until lightly charred all over, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Transfer everything to a cutting board, tent steak with foil, and let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop chiles, apple, and onion and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in oregano and lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Thinly slice steak against the grain and top with chile-apple relish.
*Find ancho chile powder at well-stocked grocery stores.

I do so think  grand-poppa and I are  getting the hang of this .
Good food , bottle of good wine , good family and friends to share them with.
Grand-poppa    G.      Mr. Humble at your service .


  1. Grand-poppa and Mr . Humble ,
    I check here each morning before going over to Nee's Place . I always found skurt steaks and brisket tough .
    I took a chance bought some this morning , we grills each Saturday , weather permitting .

    Followed directions exactly and it was so tender , Ardis was licking his fingers and so were our guests .
    My friends and I enjoys the recipes on here and Nee , so easy to follow .
    Ardis like all the blogs . He started out with Maxy , Witchy told him about the others .
    Ardis gets up an hour early on Thursday to Read Ask Maxy and Food for Thought here , he say grandpoppa is a wise man .
    Keep the grilling recipes coming .Thanks for sharing .
    Ardis Whittin wife Kathy

    1. Kathy ,
      How nice and thoughtful of you visit . Please you enjoyed the steak . I enjoy grilling it's great to see them lick their fingers .

      A tip I learn from Baby (my wife) you don't have to buy an expensive piece of beef to grill . Beef has a tendency to be tough when grill . You should always put a rub on the meat and refrigerate overnight .

      Keep a watch , Grand-poppa and I are gonna make things pop .
      Thanks for the comment .

      Mr. Humble at your service


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