Grilled Steak Fajita Rolls/Revolution Tropic Hero/Dozer “Beyond Colossal”

 In Beef, IPA, Recipes

This idea has been jotted down in our phone for the better part of a year.  We made something with sandwich steaks earlier in the year and the thought popped up to stuff them with onions and peppers then grill them as an encapsulated steak fajita.  Tonight, that idea turned into reality as we seasoned up huge thin slabs of sandwich steaks with our La Curandera seasoning then rolled them up around grilled onions and sweet peppers before grilling the steak roll-ups until charred on the outside and still medium/medium-rare on the inside.  We opted out of serving these with a traditional salsa but instead went with a tangy South American chimichurri made with garlic, lime, cilantro and honey.  For the beer, we’re working through a variety pack of Revolution Brewing’s IPAs from their Hero series, a couple of which we have not yet featured, like tonight’s Tropic Hero.  For the tunes, we went a little more old school with the iconic Dozer as we spun their 2008 classic “Beyond Colossal”.

Grilled Steak Fajita Rolls – As fancy as these may look, they are actually pretty simple and quick to make.  Let’s start with the chimichurri though as the longer that sits, the more the flavors will meld.  We start by combining a large handful in a blender with 5 cloves of garlic and the juice of a half of a lime.

Puree the cilantro and garlic mixture then slowly drizzle in olive oil to form a thin paste.

Pour the chimichurri into a bowl then stir in one tablespoon of raw honey.  Cover and refrigerate.

Now we can head out to the grill to complete the meal.  In a grill pan we add 1 small sliced white onion and sliced red, yellow and/or orange peppers.  Toss these over the open flame for 4-5 minutes until slightly charred in places, but with the vegetables staying somewhat firm.

Next layout the sandwich steaks and season heavily with La Curandera Mexican Rub on both sides. (Note: the steaks turned out a bit tough in some places. So, we would recommend tenderizing them before cooking, or, opting for some thin sliced ribeyes if you have the option.)

Place a small pile of the veggies toward the bottom of each steak then tightly roll the steak upward over the veggies ending with the seam side down.

Secure the seam with toothpicks then place over direct heat on the grill.

Grill the steak rolls on all sides until charred, then move over to the cool side for the interior to finish cooking.

All that’s left to do is slice and serve over the chimichurri sauce.  The flavors were perfect, the steak in some parts were tough.  Next time we would tenderize them or use thinly sliced ribeye.

Revolution Tropic Hero – We were shocked when we searched our database on Revolution beers to find so few of the Hero series beers featured.  So here we are with the first of three that will be featured in the coming weeks, starting with Tropic Hero.  The beer pours a golden orange color with a tall foamy head.  The aroma is hoppy but not immediately tropical, residing somewhere between citrusy and piney.  The flavor on the other hand is quite the opposite, it hits with a sweet, viscous boozy shot like pineapple schnapps. Thankfully, Revolution didn’t go the route of others with their tropical IPA by loading it up with pineapple flavors that make the beer more juice-like than beer like.  The brewery lets the hops do the work on making this tropical IPA, and the results are fantastic. The pairing was a little more out of the ordinary, but worked surprisingly well with the steak.

Dozer “Beyond Colossal” – We’ve been cranking up a lot of Dozer the last week or so which led us to  look at our database to see if we missed anything in their discography.  To our surprise, the killer “Beyond Colossal” was somehow skipped over. We change that this evening as we turn up the album which kicks off with “The Flood”.  The drums that get this tune started off are absolutely huge and get the head start before the telltale Swedish stoner rock fuzzy guitar tone comes in.  Vocally, the trademark snarl of frontman Fredrik Nordin is in full effect.  It’s a heckuva high energy way to kickstart an album.  “Exoskeleton (Part II)” is a little more moody and dark, almost trippy but still heavy.  On “Empire’s End” the band ramps up both the speed and intensity bearing a striking resemblance to a heavy stoner rock version of Blondie’s “Call Me” in its cadence.  “The Ventriloquist” is a haunting, eerie track that slowly builds itself into a pretty powerful rocker by the end of the song.   One of the most metal songs on the album is “The Throne” recalling CoC in recent years without Pepper Keenan.  “Fire for Crows” has the same classic doom feel of fellow Swedes Witchcraft complete with a guitar solo that is downright electrifying.  “Two Coins for Eyes” is an orchestral piece that just so happens to get plugged in and cranked through some super loud amps.  The album’s closer, “Bound for Greatness” is a chill, keyboard heavy  way to the cool the engines on an amazing release.

 

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