This is a meal I whipped up one night when we had sirloin tips out to eat, but I wasn’t too sure what we were going to do with them or what to have with them. My boyfriend, the only Irish person on the face of the planet (I kid) is not a fan of potatoes. He’ll eat them once in a while if they’re made a certain way, but I’m big into baked potatoes … so veggies have to be included it’s going to be a potato going into the rubbish after dinner.
After some thinking I decided to do some stewed steak – but I took the lazy mans way out and did it in the oven. I cooked up the trimmed sirloin (cut into chunks) with sliced up onions and peppers and seasoned with minced garlic, powder garlic, black pepper, McCormick steak seasoning, a pinch of sea salt, a splash of teriyaki sauce, a squirt of ketchup, and a squirt of BBQ sauce. I don’t measure when I season my meats because one thing I’ve learned from watching both my father and mother cook is they season with their hands and their noses. My dad can take anything out of a cabinet or refrigerator, mix it up and make the best tasting marinade or sauce ever – as can my mom. So I’ve graciously adapted this skill into my life. I throw what I think is necessary into a pan, mix and smell. I then adjust seasonings purely based on the scent of the mixture. If I think it needs something, I go in search of whatever it may need and add it to the pan.
I bake the meat in a 350 degree oven for roughly 15-25 minutes (depending on how much is in the pan). The one great thing is it creates a bit of a “stew” in the pan which are just the juices or “gravy” which are delicious. Normally in a Jamaican dish you’d cook this oven an open flame in a pan and create a thickened gravy or “stew” to spoon over your meat and your side dish.
I simple cooked my potatoes in a very quick and easy fashion I’ve grown to love – wash your potato and toss them in the microwave. Cooking times vary based on the size of the potato and the amount of potatoes you’re cooking – but I’ve cooked a smaller single serving once in 4 minutes, whereas I’ve cooked 8 potatoes in the microwave in ~20 minutes. You know when they’re done when you can pierce them easily with a fork.
After I started cooking I got an immediate craving for some Jamaican dumplings. Jamaican dumplings are a hard dough dumpling. They’re dense, harder, chewy and just delicious. I’m a quarter Jamaican, so I’ve grown up eating these with a meal or just straight in a bowl with a little bit of butter or gravy on them. It’s a mixture of flour, salt and water. You knead the mixture until it’s really well combined (which feels like it takes forever) and not sticky. You then roll them out into balls and flatten slightly OR you can roll them into log form (which is what I do with soups). You then boil these in salted water until they begin to float … usually take about 20 minutes or so.
I then went the lazy mans way out and made canned corn and carrots. Nothing wrong with canned veggies!
Overall dinner was 11 point plus. 3 for the potato, 1 for the corn, 5 for the sirloin, 4 for the Jamaican dumplings. Completely delicious and amazing!
Have you ever made a dish similar to this one – if not, would you?