Buttery Sirloin Filet Sliders/Deschutes Swivelhead Red/Superchief “Electric Fever”
The meat industry can be a sneaky bunch can’t they? If nothing else, they sure can be creative with their naming cuts of meat that really don’t exist. In this case, to the untrained eye (and consumer) you have the elusive “sirloin filets”. At half the price of real filet and prepped to look like just like tenderloin medallions, it’s a great way to move product. The problem of course is that it’s still a sirloin that looks like it got in an intense game of cat’s cradle with the butcher and if cooked like a filet (seared on the outside, medium rare on the inside) we’d still be chewing it as we are writing this. Thankfully, we have the recipe that allows you to enjoy the benefit of a beefy, tender cut of meat and still save some coin too. We placed these medallions on small dinner rolls that we broiled thinly sliced raw onion, herbed cheese spread and horseradish directly into the top half of the rolls. For the beer we sampled a beer that was equally ambiguous in Deschutes’ India style red ale, Swivelhead Red. On the stereo, quite possibly the perfect album to pair up with a huge slab of red meat, the latest “Electric Fever” from Iowa’s favorite sons, Superchief.
Buttery Sirloin Filet Sliders – This recipe is super easy and the results are amazing. The first thing we do is season up the sirloin with our (Not So) Gentle Butcher’s Rub or just salt, pepper and garlic if you don’t have our spice on hand. Also, if your butcher doesn’t sell these pre-cut filets, you can just buy sirloin steaks, trim the fat and cut roughly in half to about slider size diameter.
These are going to go down on a scorching hot grill for about 2 minutes per side until a dark brown crust forms on all sides.
Remove the steaks into a foil pan and cover about 1/2 way up with beef stock and place a pat of butter and a pinch of crushed garlic on top of each steak.
Cover and bake about 25-30 minutes, checking frequently toward the end as there is a critical point where the steak becomes fork tender for only a short time before getting tough again.
As the steak rests, we can knock out the slider buns. On the top half of bakery fresh dinner rolls place a few strands of thinly sliced onions then smear on top of that garlic herb cheese and a little prepared horseradish. These can then be popped into the broiler.
Once the buns are broiled, the steak just gets placed on the bottom part of the bun and topped with the cheesy onion-y goodness. Done right, these wind up just as tender as the popular filet sliders and just as tasty.
Deschutes Swivelhead Red – We haven’t had great success with this Oregon brewery in the past unfortunately. When we saw this India red ale though, we thought we’d give them another shot. Swivelhead Red pours a dark red, almost black. A tannish slight head rests on top. The aroma is earthy sweet like prune juice with a heavy malt backbone. The beer is full flavored with an anise bite and can be described as all around boozy tasting. Overall the beer is decent, not something we’d reach for again necessarily but it wasn’t bad. The pairing was great however, with the robust ale marrying perfectly with the beefy, rich sliders.
Superchief “Electric Fever” – We’re known as meat & potatoes country here in the midwest; heavy stick to your ribs goodness that’s tasty and will leave you full and satisfied for a while. Our favorite Iowans, Superchief, deliver the musical equivalent of that and it’s in full force on their latest release “Electric Fever”. At its core it’s heavy, boogie-fueled rock and roll but delivered with the bombast of a Turbonegro. The album opens with “Raise the Flag”, a throwback song of sorts in that it uses what we would call the slow brooding live intro (slow instrumental that builds as the band enters the stage one by one until the band’s all there and they kick into their first song). At least that’s what we imagine when we hear this song. It’s a gritty southern rocker that delivered with a snarl setting a darker tone to start things off. That tone quickly changes on “Rock Flag and Eagle as the band goes full-tilt boogie Valient Thorr-style. You best not be behind the wheel of an automobile when this song comes on, it’s pure adrenaline-filled rock and roll. “Choose Your Destructor” sees a return to the darker, dirtier side while still maintaining a headbanging inducing boogie. “Lord of Light” starts off with a wicked bass line that opens things up for some really cool, free flowing blues guitar to create some space on this atmospheric, yet heavy track. As the name might suggest, “Leviathan” is the heaviest, most metal track on the album. It hits like a two ton hammer with its crushing riff and will have you headbanging with the best of them. “Blackened Sunrise” gets the nod for the album’s best track with its wailing guitar to start off the song and its Raging Slab-esque dixie stoner rock vibe. After the hilariously titled, but down right catchy instrumental “Delta Burke Blues” the albums closes with the title track. The boys let it all hang out it and this barnstorming, boot stomping anthem that slams the empty metaphorical glass down on the bar to close down this good time party album which is custom made for cranking up at your next BBQ.