Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef and California Raisin-Coffee Salsa served with Roasted Shallots and California Raisins with Crème Fraiche

Submitted by: Robert Del Grande

California Raisins, cocoa and coffee salsa accent the South American flavors in this dish.



    Raisin-Coffee Salsa

    • 1 ounce ancho chiles
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 4 ounce California raisin paste*
    • 1 teaspoon finely ground coffee
    • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon adobo (optional)
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    Raisin Recado Marinade and Kobe Beef

    • 1/2 ounce Oaxaca pasilla chiles
    • 6 ounce ancho chiles
    • 1 quart warm water
    • 1 pound (3 cups) smoked almonds
    • 8 ounce (1 cup) butter, melted
    • 3 ounce California raisin paste*
    • 2 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted
    • 1/4 cup salt
    • 3 pounds sirloin or flat iron steak Kobe or USDA prime beef

    Roasted Shallots and Raisins

    • 1 pound (about 18) shallots, peeled and halved
    • 2 bacon strips, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons California raisins
    • 2 tablespoons California raisin juice concentrate*
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
    • 4 ounce (1/2 cup) butter
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon finely crushed coffee beans
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
    • 1 cup crème fraiche
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt; for garnish


    Raisin-Coffee Salsa
    Stem and seed ancho chiles; toast lightly and combine with 1/2 cup water; set aside to soak until soft. Transfer chiles with liquid to blender and purée until smooth. Combine with raisin paste, ground coffee, cocoa powder, puréed ancho, adobo, butter, vinegar and salt; mix well. Set aside.

    Raisin Recado Marinade
    Stem and seed chiles; toast lightly. Combine with warm water and soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Transfer to blender and purée until smooth. In food processor, combine almonds with 1 cup butter and process till coarse paste. Turn into mixing bowl and add puréed chiles, raisin paste, chocolate and salt; blend well. Rub beef all over with marinade and allow to stand for about 30 minutes.

    Roasted Shallots and Raisins
    Meanwhile, combine shallots, bacon, raisins, raisin juice concentrate, butter, salt and pepper in mixing bowl; toss to coat shallots evenly. Turn into shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold shallots and roast at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes or until shallots are soft and bacon is cooked. Keep warm.

    Grill beef over charcoal or broil until rare (145°F) or medium rare (160°F). Meanwhile, combine butter and garlic in small saucepan. Heat till butter foams. Remove from heat and keep warm.

    Just before service, stir crushed coffee beans into Salsa. Add chopped tarragon to Shallot-Raisin mixture and stir to blend. Thinly slice meat and arrange on serving plates. Drizzle a little warm garlic butter over and spoon on small portion of salsa. Arrange a few roasted shallots and raisins on each plate and drizzle with crème fraiche. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

    Notes: Commercially prepared California raisin paste and raisin juice concentrate are available from foodservice and industrial suppliers. To make your own raisin paste, grind or process in a food processor whole California raisins equal to twice the amount of raisin paste (14 ounces natural raisins) until very finely chopped and smooth.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 1380 (62% from fat); Total Fat 98g (sat 41g, mono 40g, poly 10g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 285mg; Protein 69g; Carbohydrate 66g; (Dietary Fiber 16g; Sugars 35g; ); Iron 13mg; Sodium 5530mg; Calcium 285mg; Potassium 2282mg

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