Chick Pea Cakes
Sirloin Steak Tips & Balsamic Reduction
Looking for new ideas for your upcoming Super Bowl party menu? This chick pea fritter is seriously so flippin’ fantastic, I had to pat myself on the back. I topped it with some sirloin steak tips because me love steak, but it can just as easily be made into a vegetarian option by omitting the sirloin. These fluffy little bites are easy to just pop into your mouth and get on with the party.
Chick Pea Fritter:
1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, charred
2 cloves roasted garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
1 tablespoon flour
Plain breadcrumbs for coating
Water, until chick pea mixture just comes together
1/2 cup balsamic Vinegar
Salt, to taste
1. Cut the red pepper into large strips and sauté in a hot pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook until the red pepper is charred on the outside and slightly softened. You could just as easily use a jarred roasted red pepper if you prefer.
2. In a food processor, combined the chick peas, garlic, red pepper, flour, one tablespoon of the olive oil and salt. Puree the mixture. If you need to add water, add it slowly just until the mixture starts to come together. It should be like a paste, but not smooth like hummus.
3. Transfer the chick pea mixture to a bowl. If the mixture is too sticky, add more flour. If the mixture is too dry, add more water.
4. Form the chick pea mixture into 1 inch balls and coat in the bread crumbs.
5. Heat the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan. Add the coated chick pea balls to the hot oil and flatten each one a bit with a metal spatula.
6. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
7. Add 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a saucepan. Heat the vinegar over high heat until it is reduced by half. Set aside.
Sirloin Steak Tips:
1 pound sirloin steak tips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1. Season the sirloin liberally with salt on all sides.
2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a sauté pan over high heat.
3. When the pan is hot, add the sirloin. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare.
4. Transfer the sirloin tips to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
* If you can not find sirloin steak tips, you can use skirt steak, hanger steak, tri-tip, or even tenderloin.
How To Assemble:
1. Place one basil leaf on top of the fritter.
2. Place one slice of sirloin on top of the basil leaf.
3. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the sirloin.
Made with love always ♥,
The Refined Palate
Christina Miros ©2015