December 16, 2010

Hazelnut and Cayenne Marinated Steaks

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The Hot Tub Time Machine.

Back to the Future (I through III).

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Time-travel. It is an object of much infatuation and intrigue. Obviously, for many reasons: We all want to go back in time to rectify some situation that still causes us to blush.

-Your gawky 8th grade school picture.

-That terrible up-do you had for your 11th grade prom.

-The geography test you totally BOMBED in 5th grade because you really do know where Azerbaijan is located now… sorta…

“Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”

 The tough thing about life is that we don’t always get a second chance. There is no car out there that transports us back in time when we hit 88 miles per hour.

I am sure that you are probably wondering where on earth I could possibly be going with this post.

 ..Perhaps to Azerbaijan. …Kidding!

Over a year ago, I made a steak marinade using hazelnut and cayenne pepper as a base.

Wouldn’t ya know, this post gets the most weekly hits on my blog!

Great! Right? Well, I was a “green” blogger in the days that this post was written. Ah, it seems so long ago. I was just a kid!

Fortunately, for me, I have learned a lot within this passing year. Mostly of the importance of photography. What a difference this knowledge has made!

I have been waiting to redo this old post for quite some time, and replace it, but haven’t had the chance. You can imagine my unabashed glee when I opened up my most recent ShopRite package and found a massive 26oz. jar of ShopRite’s exclusive Hazelnut butter spread.


The stars have aligned… the cooking gods are looking down upon me! Could this be a moment of redemption? That is for you to decide!

 I will share with you the original photo from this post:

Yes, it is like seeing my 8th grade school photo all over again! (..Those eyebrows! Hello?! They’re called tweezers?!).

 Oh yes, Cher, I can “turn back time” because I have “found a way…”

Hazelnut and Cayenne Marinated Steaks

Yields: 4 servings

Time: Varies upon marinade length


4 strip steaks

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1 tbs ShopRite Imported Hazelnut Spread

1/4 cup espresso (I used instant)

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Lemon juice from half of a lemon


1. Sauté the onions in a pan over medium high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes.

2. In a food processor, mix together ShopRite’s Exclusive Hazelnut Spread, olive oil, espresso, cooked onions, juice from half of a lemon, cayenne, and cumin. Mix together until it appears to be well blended.

3. Then, marinade the steak between 6 hours to overnight. (I chose overnight).

4. Put the steak on a grill/griddle/broiler, which ever your preference. And cook to your desired doneness.