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October 15, 2008
Steak, bean salad, appetizer recipes

Our recipes for this week - researched and reported by Sheila Kern - feature London broil, bean salad and a tasty, cheesy appetizer.

The London broil in on sale at both Safeway (50% off) and Raley's ($2.47 a pound). The beans are 5/$4 at Raley's and the eggs and cottage cheese for the Cheese Chili Cubes are 2/$4 at Raleys (18-count) and 2/$4 (12 count) at Savemart.


Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad


Submitted by: Kim Fusich

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Serves 8


2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained

2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (15 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped

1 ounce crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup Italian-style salad dressing

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Combine the beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, olives, cheese, salad dressing, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper. Toss together and refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Serve chilled.



Cheese Chili Cubes

Courtesy of Mary Doebbeling of Cleburne, Texas.

8 eggs

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1 t. baking powder

1 1/2 C. cottage cheese (12 oz)

3/4 t. salt

3 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (12 oz)

2 - 4 oz. cans mild chopped green chilies, drained

In large mixer bowl beat eggs with electric mixer until light, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to eggs and mix well. Fold in Monterey Jack cheese, cottage cheese, and chilies. Turn into a greased 9X9X2 baking dish. Bake in 350-degree oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Cut into small squares. Serve hot. Makes 3-4 dozen appetizers.


Sweet and Spicy London Broil

From Food Network Kitchens


1 steak (about 1 3/4 pound)

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

2 T. sweet paprika

2 T. light brown sugar

1 T. kosher salt

2 t. chili powder

1 lime, zested


Preheat a broiler to high. Bring the steaks to room temperature about 20 minutes before cooking.

Mix the olive oil, paprika, sugar, chili powder, salt, chili powder, and zest in a bowl to make a paste. Rub the spice mixture all over the steak. Broil until just charred and crispy on top, about 6 minutes on 1 side. Flip the steak and cook until beginning to char, about 6 minutes more or until rare and temperature registers 115 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Place the steak on a cutting board and let rest, tented with foil for about 10 minutes. Slice across the grain and serve.

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