4 Omaha Steaks Ribeye Steaks, about 10 ounces each
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 tablespoon Jamaican jerk spice seasoning
1/2 cup minced carrot
2 tablespoons minced white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 orange habanero chiles, seeded and minced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 pounds yucca
4 cups vegetable oil or light peanut oil
1 lime, cut into wedges
Sweet Potato Fries:
3 large sweet potatoes
2 to 3 cups canola oil
Ribeye steaks cut from the loin end, rather than the chuck end, are much leaner and are preferred for this recipe.
The steaks are rubbed with ready-made jerk seasoning, which is a typical and traditional Jamaican preparation for meat that was originally used as a practical means of preserving it.
The "jerking" technique has crossed the Caribbean and is now featured on the menus of many Florida restaurants, fitting well into the region's exciting hybrid style of cooking.
Yuca (also known as cassava and manioc) is a staple root vegetable of the Caribbean that has a white flesh and makes great fries.
Sweet potato fries (see recipe below) or regular potato fries make very acceptable substitutes.
The sauce in this recipe features the habanero, the hottest chile of all, so be warned! When handling hot chiles, it's best to use rubber gloves, and always wash your hands thoroughly afterward because the oils are very pervasive. Most important, never rub your eyes while working with chiles.
To prepare the steaks, rub them with oil and season with jerk spice. (Sprinkle the steaks with a little salt if the jerk spice does not contain any.)
Place the seasoned steaks on a platter, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, to prepare the sauce, place all the ingredients in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
Boil over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half.
Transfer to a blender and puree. Set aside and let cool.
Prepare the grill (or, alternatively, the steaks may be broiled or sautéed in a heavy pan or skillet, using 1 tablespoon of hot olive oil or safflower oil; they will take approximately the same time to cook as they will on the grill).
To prepare the chips, bring a saucepan of water to a boil.
Peel the yucca with a large, heavy knife and cut into paper-thin slices (preferably with a mandolin slicer).
In a deep fryer or large, heavy skillet, heat the oil to 375°. Carefully add the yucca slices in batches and fry for about 20 to 30 seconds, until crispy and golden brown.
Remove the chips with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Immediately season with salt and sprinkle with lime juice squeezed from the wedges. Keep warm in a low oven.
Place the seasoned steaks on the hot grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare or 6 to 7 minutes per side for medium.
To serve, place each steak on the side of a warm serving plate and top with the sauce.
Place the chips next to the steak and serve immediately.
Sweet Potato Fries:
To prepare the fries, place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and let cool.
Neatly cut the potatoes, still with their skins on, into thin sticks.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350° and fry the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.