Carne Asada

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Carne Asada

 

Serves 6

Gluten-Free and Free From the Top 8 Allergens

This versatile and flavorful Latin American dish literally translates to “grilled meat”. We like it cooked medium-rare and served with my Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad (recipe coming) or cooked medium for soft tacos (see note below).

For tender results, look for flap steak in Latino markets or request it from your butcher. As an alternate, skirt steak is an excellent thin cut that comes in strips, which marinate easily and are perfect for searing over the barbecue.

 

4 garlic cloves

1 jalapeno or serrano chili pepper, roughly chopped

½ cup firmly-packed fresh cilantro leaves

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp salt, plus additional as needed

freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (2 limes)

¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (1 orange)

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp honey

½ cup olive oil

2 lbs flap steak or skirt steak

 

 

1. For the marinade, turn food processor on and drop in garlic then chili pepper to finely chop. Turn processor off, add cilantro and pulse a few times until chopped. Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, ½ teaspoon salt and a few turns of pepper and turn processor on. With machine running pour in juices, vinegar and honey. Slowly add oil in a steady stream until pureed.

2. Put steak in a shallow ceramic or glass baking dish. Add marinade and turn steak to evenly coat on all sides. Cover and refrigerate 1-8 hours.

3. Heat grill to high and brush grates with oil.

4. Remove meat from marinade letting excess drip off. Lightly season both sides of meat with salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes per side, lid closed, for medium rare. A thermometer inserted horizontally into the steak should read 140ºF and it will have a deep pink center. For medium, cook 1-2 minutes more, lid closed, to obtain a light pink center.

5. Remove meat to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain.

 

Soft Tacos: Heat 12 gluten-free soft corn tortillas on grill, 30 seconds per side. Double up tortillas on 6 plates and top with cooked Carne Asada strips. Garnish with condiments of choice, such as minced white onion, dairy-free cheese alternative shreds, pico de gallo or salsa, shredded lettuce, guacamole or diced avocado and coarsely chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Carne Asada © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Allergy Friendly Friday Memorial Day BBQ

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First of all, I’d like to give a big shout out to my brother Dylan and sister-in-law Thanya who welcomed their second son, Bodhi Zeppelin Chivian two days ago!  He was born almost a month early, but is as handsome as can be!

I don’t think my parents understand that this child’s middle name comes from a rock band, not something that flies in the air.  Will have to clarify!  At least I think that’s what he’s named after… Further investigation required.

Well, we all know what’s coming next weekend, right?  Memorial Day!  Yay, fire up those grills, people, it’s time for our Allergy-Friendly BBQ!  Come share your allergy-friendly and/or gluten-free picnic and BBQ recipes here on Allergy-Friendly Friday. We will be running our Allergy Friendly Memorial Day BBQ linky party for TWO WEEKS, since it’s a three day weekend, and there’s a lot more time for cooking.  So feel free to share two recipes. Come back for highlights on June 1st!

Thanks again for sharing your recipe links here. Some highlights from last week’s Allergy-Friendly Friday Mother’s Day roundup were:

Allergy Friendly Friday 7/1/11 (4th of July Recipes)

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Allergy Friendly Friday

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Okay, people, what are you making for your 4th of July BBQ or picnic. I know you all have some great allergy-free and gluten-free recipe links up your sleeves! Please add them below. And again, thanks for linking up so nicely last week! Some of you are still forgetting, tho, which means I can’t feature your posts :(  A few of the LOVELY seasonal highlights from last week’s Allergy Friendly Friday were:

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