Thursday, April 21, 2011

Espresso Steak Rub



Gone with a Handsomer Man is Michael Lee West's new novel. I received my copy last week and quickly finished it! What a fun read filled with humor, love, death and southern intrigue! I loved Michael Lee's writing and the character she created in Teeny Templeton. Teeny is quite the little lady! A strong-willed spitfire with a strong, peach throwing arm, but with so much vulnerability.

Like, Teeny, I think there is something cathartic about cooking and baking.  Just look at the beautiful colors of the ingredients for the rub!


Teeny's espresso rub reminds me her, sweet and spicy.


The steak and rub recipe from the book were delicious! I served the espresso-rubbed, grilled steak with some browned potatoes, onions and parsley and a side of sauteed asparagus and sesame seeds. My husband grilled the steak to medium-rare perfection.



I'm joining Michael Lee West and her foodie friends at Designs by Gollum by sharing some of Teeny Templeton's favorite recipes from the novel Gone with a Handsomer Man

Espresso Steak Rub

Adapted from Gone with a Handsomer Man

3 tablespoons espresso beans, freshly ground
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika

Mix together all ingredients. Brush steaks with extra virgin olive oil and dredge in rub. Grill to your favorite temperature.

Yield: Coats two steaks

32 comments:

  1. Susan, I knew once I read the book that I would want to try this rub! Michael Lee generously sent me a copy of the book, and I could not put it down. I'm betting that espresso steak rub will be on our menu next week.

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  2. It looks delicious, Susan! That's rub I have never tried!

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  3. The rub sounds really good and your steaks look great Susan! I thought the book was a lot of fun too! Happy Easter:@)

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  4. Looks like a great rub, now with spring(hopefully) around to stay I will have to get the grill ready to go!!
    Anxious to take the time and read the book, if I can't find it this weekend I will need to order it online.

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  5. That does look god, Susan. I have a recipe for a coffee rub on steak but I've never gotten around to making it... it always sounded very exotic. Yours looks wonderful.. between the salt and the sugar and that coffee... well I bet it cooks up like a dream... great little recipe... beautifully executed!

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  6. As a gal who had Cheerios for supper, that steak looks so incredibly good. Your book sounds like a fun read, too.

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  7. Look fantastic Susan, I love, Happy easter, gloria

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  8. Your steak looks amazing! What a fun book...I'm going to have to treat myself. Happy Easter to you!

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  9. The steak looks so yummy!
    I won one of ML's giveaways for the book, got it in the mail today, but will wait until next week to start reading it with so much other going on this weekend.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. "Uncle"!! I give up! I'm getting my copy of "Gone With a Handsomer Man" since all the best bloggers are reading it!! And, the recipe looks delicious.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  11. I've read some of the excerpts from the book and it sounds like fun reading! The steak rub sounds delicious too- very interesting with the coffee beans! :)

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  12. Yum, that steak looks delicious, and thanks for the tip on the good book!

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  13. Sounds like a fun read! Kind of like the way i 'd read Agatha Christie in my youth! Anyway, I had heard of espresso-rubbed tenderloin, steak sounds like an easier more practical choice: looks mouthwatering~

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  14. Sounds lovely. I love making food inspired by books!

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  15. You are the second post I read about this book; sounds like I would love this. Your stead looks juicy good and tender.
    Happy Easter.
    Rita

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  16. "Teeny's espresso rub reminds me her, sweet and spicy"- LOL! I've just started following Teeny's troubles...what a hoot! Your rub & steak look delicious, I'll have to try this next time we're grilling!

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  17. Hi Susan!

    Even though I don't care for the taste of coffee, I bet I would enjoy this steak! You've made it look & sound delicious.

    I always enjoy visiting your blog & am inspired to cook much better because of it. Thanks!

    fondly,
    Rett

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  18. I love coffee, but was really dubious when a friend announced he was serving coffee crusted beef tenderloin for dinner. I loved it so I'm sure I'd like this as well.

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  19. Haven't read the book but I see everyone's talking about it:)

    This looks so good Susan..jacques would love it..Happy Easter nana2.x

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  20. The book sounds good! So does that rub! Your Griller did a great job, looks perfect! Does he have Barb's talking thermometer? LOL!

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  21. This looks really good. And that book sounds good too! Happy Easter, Susan! Enjoy your Easter weekend!

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  22. Yum! I have some Kona coffee run I got in Hawaii that I really need to use on steak. This looks so good :)

    Sues

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  23. I find myself drawn to any good read that also has recipes:D The coffee rub whisks me off to South America.

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  24. Susan, the steak looks incredibly delicious with espresso rub.

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  25. Thank you so much, Susaan! The photos are gorgeous--Teeny would be tickled pink!Have a wonderful Easter! XX00

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  26. I do love a good steak. . .especially with a good rub. Love the recipe.

    Lori

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  27. Cooking definitely helps to calm the soul, at least for me. There is something so cathartic about chopping, dicing, and creating. This rub sounds delicious!

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  28. This looks wonderful susan...it is definitely on our menu very soon...and I loved your post too, so, will have a go at the novel too!
    bisous
    ronelle

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  29. Thank you all, my friends! I questioned coffee on a steak too but it was really tasty. I didn't put too much rub on the meat for the first try just to make sure ;)

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  30. Thank you to Michael Lee for introducing me to your blog and for her wonderful novel that I'm in the middle of reading right now. I'm having a great time looking through your older posts and I have your brussel sprout hash on the top of my list of recipes to try. This steak rub sounds wonderful too.

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  31. You did a beautiful job with Teeny's steak! We made them tonight..mmmmm Your photos are beautiful! Sunny109

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  32. What a fantastic idea for a rub...wonderful!

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