Grilled Steak and Mushroom Asiago Risotto/Karben4 Fantasy Factory/Lonely Kamel Death’s-Head Hawkmoth
We’ve had this idea saved in our phone for well over a year, we saw the idea of a steak risotto on a menu somewhere (exactly where is a mystery now) but finally decided to whip up our version. We start with a base of creamy asiago risotto then top it with thin slices of Bootlicker-seasoned grilled skirt steak and some red wine braised mushrooms for a truly special, albeit rich take on this hearty Italian-inspired meal. For the beer, we went with Wisconsin’s Karben4 brewing and their Fantasy Factory IPA. We had Lonely Kamel’s latest release “Death’s-Head Hawkmoth” on the stereo which is hands down one of the year’s best releases so far.
Grilled Steak and Mushroom Asiago Risotto – For as fancy as this dish may appear to be, it’s actually pretty simple to put together. Just three easy steps is all there is to it starting with the mushrooms. We place a cast iron pan on the grill and melt a couple tablespoons of butter then add a couple of cups of sliced mushrooms.
Now we grab our bottle of Bootlicker and heavily season the mushrooms. Give them a quick stir and let them cook down until just starting to soften and brown.
Grab a bottle of super dry red wine and splash 1/3 cup into the pan.
Move the pan to the cool side of the grill to let the wine cook out. Now we can turn our attention to the skirt steaks. All we’re going to do is season both sides liberally with more Bootlicker.
Place the steaks over the hottest coals and grill for 3-4 minutes per side until a deep, rich crust forms.
Remove the steak from the grill, cover and let rest. As that’s happening, we can turn our attention to the risotto. We start with a 2 to 1 ratio of chicken stock to orzo. Once the orzo has absorbed all of the stock we stir in freshly grated asiago cheese until the risotto is thick and creamy. Heck, we even throw in some green peas for color and texture. Ladle a couple cups of the finished risotto on to a plate.
The steak should be nice and rested by now, slice thinly against the grain and gently please on top of the risotto.
Finally we spoon the red wine braised mushrooms right on top of the steak and garnish with a little rosemary to create a super fun, rustic and delicious family-style feast that was outstanding.
Karben4 Fantasy Factory – This beer was yet another score from our recent trip just north of the border. Madison’s Karben4 is a quirky, creative brewery that drew us in with the colorful label depicting a gun-toting cat riding a fire-breathing unicorn that adorned their Fantasy Factory IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange and is full of sweet mango and pine aromas. Flavor-wise, its astringent with a creamy mouthfeel and a huge hop bite. It made for a really nice pairing with the steak as well.
Lonely Kamel “Death’s-Head Hawkmoth” – We’ve been following Norway’s Lonely Kamel since their early days and have always found them to be a severely underrated band and that has never been more apparent than on this latest release. We were hooked on the very first listen and have gotten more and more sucked in on each subsequent listen. It all starts with the album’s opener, “Fascist Bastard”. The song recalls a bluesy version of Puny Human and has been in our constant rotation since we first heard it, ‘Psychedelic Warfare” sounds like it could come straight off a Monster Truck album while “Move On” is classic grunge at its finest. Another one of the album’s crowning moments is “More Weed, Less Hate” as the band channels their inner Motorehead better than any other band save Lemmy himself. Without a doubt, Death’s-Head Hawkmoth” will be right up for album of the year candidate.