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Spanish Steak Skewers with Saffron Rice & Yogurt Sauce

Spiced steak skewers served over saffron-yellow rice with cooling, tangy yogurt sauce and cilantro.
  • Watch our interview with Chef Tim McKee and lear about the dish HERE 
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 35-40 min
This dish is Gluten-Free
Calories: 600 Fat: 11g Carbs: 73g Protein: 53g

Chef Tim McKee is helping you serve up a tapas-inspired Pinchos, or skewered snacks, can include anything from meat and cheese to olives and pickled vegetables. They are typically served as an appetizer at Spanish Tapas bars, but here McKee turns them into a complete meal by pairing these grilled steak with a jewel-toned saffron rice and a fresh yogurt sauce.

Photographs of Octo Fishbarin St. Paul, MN. All images by Eliesa Johnson and The Restaurant Project.
This recipe was designed by local chef:
Chef Tim McKee of Octo Fish Bar
Winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, Chef Tim McKee is one of the most recognized and respected chefs throughout the Upper Midwest. In addition to the praise he's garnered for his newest St. Paul outpost, Octo Fish Bar, he's also earned critical acclaim for his past projects, most notably La Belle Vie. His talents have reaped well-earned praise from a wide range of regional and national food critics as well as his peers. His food style features intense flavors that are, "balanced and presented in measured portions that compel the diner to savor each taste in turn."
Ingredients
Basmati Rice
Spanish Spice Blend
Lemon
Cilantro
Garlic
Saffron
Wooden skewers
Top sirloin
Yogurt

Cooking terms for this recipe

Bias slice Cutting or slicing on a diagonal angle
Sear To cook the surface of meat very quickly with intense heat.
Garnish To add decorative or savory touches to food.

What you need

Medium pot with lid Medium sauté pan 2 small mixing bowls Medium bowl or large zip-top bag

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1: MARINATE BEEF

CHECK OUT OUR STEP BY STEP CHEF VIDEOS AT: LOCALCRATE.COM/COOK Read through entire recipe before getting started. Wash and dry all produce. In a small bowl, mix saffron with 1 Tbsp. warm water and let bloom for 5 min. While saffron blooms, zest lemon, halve and juice. Remove steak from package; rinse and dry. Bias slice steak ¼" thick against the grain. In a medium bowl or zip-top bag, toss steak with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. lemon zest, half of the bloomed saffron and half of its liquid, 1 Tbsp. oil and Spanish spice blend. Let marinate for at least 20 min.While the steak is marinating, begin cooking the saffron rice (Step #2).

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Step 2: COOK SAFFRON RICE

In a medium pot, combine basmati rice, a pinch of salt, remaining bloomed saffron, its liquid and 1¼ cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook until tender, 15 - 20 min. While rice is cooking, begin making yogurt sauce (Step #3). Note: If the rice has absorbed the water but isn’t fully cooked after 15-20 min; add ¼ cup water, cover and cook for 8-10 min longer.

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Step 3: MAKE YOGURT SAUCE

Mince or finely grate garlic. In a small bowl whisk yogurt, garlic, 2 Tbsp. oil, remaining lemon juice, 1 tsp. lemon zest and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until smooth, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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Step 4: MAKE STEAK PINCHOS

To make skewers, start on one end of a piece of steak and pierce skewer through the meat in a zig-zag motion until meat is entirely on skewer and lays somewhat flat. Repeat with remaining steak. Note: If you have any leftover, smaller pieces of steak, pierce multiple pieces on one skewer. Not sure if you are doing it right? No problem! Watch it being made at LocalCrate.com/cook

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Step 5: SEAR STEAK PINCHOS

In a medium sauté pan heat 1 Tbsp. oil. Add skewers to pan and sear until browned on the outside and medium-rare within, 1-2 min per side. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.

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Step 6: PLATE YOUR DISH

Fluff saffron rice with a fork and divide between two plates. Top with pinchos and dollop plenty of yogurt sauce. Tear cilantro leaves and stems. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy! Pro Tip: Use a fork to drizzle yogurt sauce for better coverage!