Wish Upon A Dish: Grilled Skirt Steak with Paprika Butter over Yucca, Fregula, Beans and Pepper Hash

September 10, 2010

Grilled Skirt Steak with Paprika Butter over Yucca, Fregula, Beans and Pepper Hash

That's a mouthful in more ways then one.

I have never tried Yucca, I have heard of it (manioc, agave, cassaba) as I'm sure most of you have, but I have never eaten it (not that I know of).

Trying to find alternative 'good' foods for 'bad' diabetic foods brought me outside the US.

Yucca has a taste and consistency like potatoes, so they say. I am not sure if it is better for you than a potato (potatoes are a pretty good food by itself in moderation) but I do know that it has more health benefits than a white potato. They say the Incas had low cholesterol and they attribute it to the high fiber in yucca, which grabs the cholesterol and moves it out of your body. Combining it with the Navy beans evens the score out GI-wise. I will do more research on it.

I am happy to report that I like it better and will make it again. It has a chew to it unlike potatoes. It also doesn't break apart when cooked too long, so it was great in the hash dish.

Yucca Hash with Fregula, White Beans and Peppers

* 1 small yucca, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
* 1/2 cup Navy beans, canned
* 1 large shallot, minced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 3" piece roasted red pepper, diced
* 1/3 cup fregula (or Israeli Coucous or anci di pepe, toasted)
* Canola Oil
* 1 tbls butter
* 1/2 green onion, diced or 1 can chilies
* Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook fregula in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Strain & reserve.
Heat Stainless Steel pan until very hot and add 2 tbls canola oil. When oil is rippling, add diced yucca and saute on all sides until crusty browned. Add shallots, garlic and butter. Saute 2 minutes. Add beans and peppers and warm through. Season well with salt & pepper. Yucca is like a potato, it takes a lot of salt.

Sprinkle skirt steak with salt & pepper and grill until medium rare. Remove to rest. Meanwhile, heat 3 tabls unsalted butter with 3 cloves of minced garlic about 3 minutes. Add 1 tsp smoked hot paprika and cook until fragrant. Add 1 tbls fresh lemon juice and season with salt.

Slice steak and place over hash. Ladle paprika butter over slices and finish with parsley. Serve immediately.


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