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Steak Pita Wrap with Garlic Cream Sauce

Hello! It is still hot and sweaty in Los Angeles. We are still thinking of beaches and water. So, to follow up on Hawaiian cuisine, we decided to go to the other side of the world and explore Mediterranean cuisine!

This is our own spin on Mediterranean wraps. We love what we came up withβ€”colorful, fast and easy to make, and most of all, TASTY! It involves pita bread, tomatoes, meat, spinach, hummus, and a creamy garlic sauce that is inspired from Zankou Chicken. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zankou, this delicious chain joint serves delicious Lebanese cuisine. They have the best chicken pita wrap and a to-die-for garlic sauce. Be sure to check it out when you get the chance!

Anyways, back to our recipe. Let’s Begin!

What You Need:

garlic (7-10 pieces, depending on how garlic-y you want your sauce to be)
Lemon Juice
Instant Package of Mashed Potatoes
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Meat or Chicken
Spinach leaves (or whatever leafy green you want to put in)
Pita Bread
Hummus (we bought a garlic flavored one)
Tomato

*whoah! TEN ingredients? Don’t panic now! The last four ingredients are for the wrap stuffers only, and won’t be used in the actual cooking process. πŸ™‚

What to Do:

First off, make some instant mashed potatoes! You can use real potatoes if you want, but that’s more work, don’t you think? We made about 2/3 cup of it.

Next, peel the garlic and put them in whole into a food processor/chopper. Add the lemon juice and grind until smooth. You can of course use fresh lemon juice…but you know…we were lazy. πŸ˜›

Slowly add in oil as you grind and season with salt.

When the mixture has become smooth, it is time to add in the secret ingredient, instant mashed potatoes!

The potatoes are only useful as a binding agent to get your garlic sauce/paste to the right consistency. The amount will vary depending on how thick you like your sauce. Taste it along the way to make sure you have the right flavor you are aiming for (i.e. saltiness, garlic-y, creamy texture, etc)…this is up to your preference.

Chill before serving.

Now on to the steak. We chose to use NY Strip. You can substitute flank or skirt steak to save money, but that is entirely up to your budget. On to the seasoning: use the classic simple recipe of salt, pepper and olive oil.. that’s it! In a super hot pan, sear the steaks on both sides to your liking – medium rare works best in this recipe, it keeps the meat moist and easy to eat. Let it rest for 3 minutes before slicing very thin.

When your meat is done, the rest is just like building a sandwich. Heat up your pita in the microwave for 10 seconds or until warm. Slather some hummus on the pita, assemble some lettuce, spinach, or microgreens, and put on your steak.

Top the steak off with tomatoes or any other vegetables you have on hand that day or night. Finally, drizzle on some garlic sauce…or just pour some in a small container to use to dip in.

Get ready for a wonderful night of dragon breath. Haha. Don’t worry. It’ll be worth it. Enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Spinach (tasty too!)

We love veggies–raw, boiled, steamed, you name it. One way we enjoy our greens is to saute them with garlic. It’s tasty as a side dish as well as on its own. This particular recipe uses spinach, but it can be used with any kind of green. Here is the super duper easy recipe:

What You Need:

  • Spinach
  • Oil
  • diced garlic
  • Salt
  • Hondashi

What to Do

Heat a pan with oil. Saute the garlic in the oil. Once you smell the garlic in the oil, add in the spinach. Sprinkle in a small pinch of salt and hon dashi. Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn, so when you see it turning brown, turn off the heat!

You are done! Can you believe it? Incredibly easy and fast! Enjoy!

Garlic Steak and Fried Bananas

One of the first meals that we cooked together as a couple was a garlic butter steak. It is simple and quick to make. I think we made the steak plus the few sides that we had in under an hour. Not bad, eh? Well, here’s the menu:


Garlic Butter Steak + Steamed Green Beans and Carrots + Fried Bananas (plantains) + Bread with Olive spread

The fried bananas may surprise many of you, but we swear, the sweetness of the bananas with the garlic-y salty flavor of the steak rub made a very delicious combination. You guys must try it!. πŸ™‚

In our pantry, we already had butter, garlic, spices, and olive spread. The main things we bought at the store were the ‘fresh’ items: steak, veggies, bananas, and bread.


1. Garlic Steak

Things You Need:

Garlic

Steak (Any cut is fine, we used NY strip steak)

butter

Salt & Pepper

Lawry’s Salt (optional)



What To Do:

Pat the steak dry and remove the fatty areas. Then sprinkle in salt and pepper to both sides of the steak. We also added the Lawry’s salt onto both sides for flavor.


Grab around 2-3 garlic cloves and slice them into thin slices. Put it in a microwave safe bowl along with 2 tbsp of butter. Stick it in a microwave and melt the butter.To make it a little interesting, we also sprinkled some rosemary into the sauce. This is totally optional, of course. πŸ™‚



Next, put the garlic butter sauce into a very hot pan. Then put the steak in the pan. Cook first side for 2-3 minutes. Then flip the steak to the other side and cook for 1-2 minutes. Finally, put the steak, and what’s left of the garlic sauce into a 350 degree oven (5 minutes for medium rare-medium).


the steak out and let it rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing the steak.



2. Fried Bananas

What You Need:

Bananas

Brown Sugar

Cinnamon

Butter

*Picture posted above*


What to Do:

Slice the bananas like pictured below. Then in a hot pan, melt in butter, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Once the mixture has a somewhat ‘caramel’-y consistency, put in the sliced bananas and fry until golden brown.



3. Extra Sides

We used green beans and sliced carrots to steam.

We also bought a small mini baguette of sour dough roll from La Brea Bakery and sliced it up. Then we spread a bit of butter on them and topped them off with a jar of olive spread bought from the Farmer’s Market on 3rd street. We topped that off with a sprinkle of olive oil and warmed them up in the oven. Yummy!


Final Product! Plate all the above onto a nice plate and enjoy! Beautiful!

Duo of Shrimp

Here are two recipes that have been tried and time tested for years with great raves: honey walnut shrimp (HWS) and Jenny’s Shrimp (JS). The two dishes are Asian influenced and give off two very different flavors. The HWS is creamy and sweet with bits of walnut to crunch up the palate while the JS is very bold–spicy and tangy with lots of garlic. They are simple to make and will be crowd pleasers! πŸ™‚

Before making the delicious sauces, we have to have a base of fried shrimp:

Prep: How to Bread and Fry Asian Shrimp

1 egg white
1 cup cornstarch
water
peeled and de-veined shrimp

Combine 1 egg white, 1 cup cornstarch and water. Add water until you get a slurry/smooth consistency. Make sure it is not lumpy.

Dip shrimp in mixture and fry in oil for 3 minutes–until it is crispy. Shrimp may not become brown and be a slighly tannish color. If the shrimp is brown, you probably overcooked the shrimp.

1. Honey Walnut Shrimp

Things You Will Need:

Fried Shrimp
Sweetened/glazed walnut
Condensed Milk
Mayo
honey
salt & pepper

lemon juice

*not pictured: lemon juice

What to Do:

Put about 4 tbsp of mayo into a food processor or bowl. Add 1 tbsp of condensed milk and 1 tbsp of honey into the food processor/bowl. Also add 1 tbsp of lemon juice.

Once mixture is well blended, add a small pinch of salt and pepper to taste.


You are nearly done! Mix the shrimp into the sauce and add in the walnuts. Easy! πŸ™‚


2. Jenny’s Shrimp

Things you will need:

Fried Shrimp
ketchup
sweet chili sauce–can also be sweet and sour sauce
Korean hot pepper paste (gochu jang κ³ μΆ”μž₯)–optional
hot sauce
garlic
onion

What to Do:

Saute the garlic and onions until brown. Add in about 3 tbsp of sweet chili sauce and 1 tbsp of ketchup.


Next add in a few shakes of hot sauce for kicks! Now to take it up one more a notch, we put in a good squirt of Korean pepper paste–totally optional. πŸ˜›


Now mix in the fried shrimp into the sauce…and done! πŸ™‚