1 (1-lb.) package frozen fries
12 oz. flank steak, sliced into 5″ sections
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole milk
2 c. shredded cheddar
1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
1 medium tomato, diced
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1/4 c. sour cream
1. Make the seasoning mix: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Make fries and steak: Preheat oven to 425°. On a large baking sheet, bake french fries in a single layer according to package instructions. Season with salt to taste immediately after they’re baked.
3. Meanwhile, rub steak with vegetable oil and season with 1 ½ teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Heat a medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until a deep golden crust forms on both sides of the steak, about 5 minutes total. Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1” cubes.
4. Make cheese sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook until just golden, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add milk and bring to a simmer, then whisk in cheese and let thicken, 3 to 5 minutes more.
5. Assemble: In a small bow, mash avocados with lime juice and 1 teaspoon seasoning mix, and season with salt. Top fries with cheese sauce, sliced steak, mashed avocado, tomato, onion, and a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle on remaining seasoning mix and serve immediately.
Whenever we are in LA there’s this place we frequent, Zankou Chicken; although their specialty is the delicious rotisserie chicken they also serve beef and chicken kebobs and shawarma wraps. We love the beef shawarma so much that we buy a dozen or so to take home with us.
Since there are no trips planned to LA anytime soon I decided to try my hand at making my own.
Shawarma is usually cooked on a spit and slow roasted as it turn, I don’t have one of those machines so I found a way to make it using just my oven and stove top.
To make the meat extra tender I used thinly sliced boneless beef short ribs with all the fat trimmed off. I adapted a chinese restaurant method used to tenderize their stir fry meat and it made my ribs very tender.
The secret to great shawarma is the spices used to marinate the meat. So get out your spice rack to make this tasty recipe. We make it into wraps using either pita bread or nan. Served with crunchy dill pickles and my sun dried tomato/roasted red pepper hummus and you’ve got a filling meal.
My family thinks my version is just as good as the shawarma we buy at Zankou!
I’m a great believer in meat rubs and marinades. As far as I’m concerned seasoning meats, seafood, and even veggies and letting them rest for a few hours or so is what really brings out the flavors. That’s why I mix up a variety of rubs and marinades to fit whatever flavor I want. One of my favorites is this Lemon Pepper Meat Rub, I’ve been using it to season steaks and many other things for years!
I know if you look at the label on the jar of Lemon Pepper seasoning it says it’s recommended for chicken, seafood, and vegetables. Yes, it’s delicious on all that but it’s also a great seasoning for beef and lamb! Oh and don’t forget salads! Toss your greens with some Lemon Pepper, you’ll love it!
My recipe for Lemon Pepper Rub makes enough to fill a half pint sized mason jar. I usually make a batch so I have some on hand when I need it. Just be sure you keep it in an airtight container placed in a cool dry spot in your pantry. It should keep for about 3 months.
This Lemon Pepper Rub has a bit of a bite, that’s from the Cayenne Pepper I add to it. You can adjust the spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of Cayenne in the mix. In fact if you don’t want it to be spicy at all just omit the Cayenne, it will taste just as good.
To use the rub stir 2 tbs. of the mix into 1 tbs. of olive oil to make a paste. Rub that on to your meat, seafood, or whatever you’re seasoning. Cover the seasoned meat and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Meats can rest for up to 24 hours, seafood for not more than 3-4 hours. Remember the longer it rests the more flavor it will absorb so try and keep it seasoning in the fridge for as long as possible. I find that for steaks and lamb resting over night gets amazing results!
Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool dry place
To use mix 2 tbs. Lemon Pepper Rub into 1 tbs. Olive Oil to make a paste. Rub past on to meat and let rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This will season 3 steaks. You can double or triple this to make a rub for more steaks or whatever you are seasoning.
Corned Beef Hash is one of our favorite breakfast foods; actually we like it anytime of day. We usually order it at one of our favorite coffee shops and they all serve the canned version. Mind you we’re good with that, but have you ever had fresh homemade Corned Beef Hash? Believe me once you do it’s hard to settle for the canned stuff!
Since St. Patrick’s day was just a couple of days ago I’m sure like me you’re wondering what to do with that left over Corned Beef & Cabbage you had for dinner last Sunday! Well wonder not more! Turn it into Corned Beef Hash and serve it for breakfast or even dinner tonight! I know I will!
Homemade Corned Beef Hash is a great way to use that leftover brisket. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s very yummy! So let’s make some hash!
By the way it would be an awesome addition to a Mother’s or Father’s Day Breakfast of Brunch!
Who doesn’t love the sweet tangy taste of Barbecued Chicken? But have you ever wondered how those BBQ joints (as my NYC cousin calls them) make such delicious chicken? I used to think it was all in the sauce which they slather on quite generously. But oh how wrong I was! I tried slathering different brands of barbecue sauces on my grilling chicken; all I got was burned sauce dripping off tasteless chicken! Restaurant worthy finger licking good barbecued chicken requires 2 things: BBQ Chicken Rub and really good barbecue sauce.
So really it all begins with a basic BBQ Chicken Rub; by the way in case you were wondering barbecued brisket, ribs, and other meats require a rub too; but I use a slightly different version with different spices. I generally make a large batch of BBQ Chicken Rub, meaning a batch large enough to fill the 8 oz. mason jar I store it in. This way I always have some handy, at least that’s the plan, whenever we feel like making barbecued chicken.
You will use about 1/4 of the jar each time you want to grill about 8-9 pieces of chicken. I know it sounds like a lot, but trust me use the correct amount for some amazing chicken. To use it you will need to drizzle 2 Tbs. of Olive Oil on the chicken ( I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you can use whatever parts you want although it’s best to at least remove the skin before seasoning.) Then massage the BBQ Chicken Rub on each piece of chicken, be sure you get all sides. Place the chicken in ziplock bag and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Or better still leave it in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours. Remember the longer it rests the more flavoring it will absorb.
If you’ve had the chicken marinating in the fridge for longer than 30 minutes let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature. Then grill* the chicken until just about 2 minutes before it’s full cooked then brush on barbecue sauce (homemade or your favorite brand) and cook for 1 minute, flip over, brush more sauce on and cook for another minute or until cooked.* Read Tips on how to Grill Barbecued Chicken below.
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Here’s my recipe for Basic BBQ Chicken Rub. You can also use it on Turkey and other poultry you want to grill.