Thursday, March 4, 2010

Almond Beef Gaucho

"G" is for Gaucho!  I am posting this on Alphabe-Thursday at this link:

I am also posting on Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.

I found this recipe years ago in a Blue Diamond Almond recipe book:  Classic Almond Recipes.  This is a recipe inspired by the cuisine of South American.  I have made this for years and just made this the other night and wondered why I don't make it more often?  The sour/salty olives and the sweet raisins provide an amazing contrast.  With the addition of the spicy citrus sauce and the crunchy almonds it can't be beat!  Even though it has a lot of ingredients, it it easy to make.  Served over rice, this makes an excellent meal.  My family loves it!
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1-1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced red onion
1-1/2 pounds round steak, sliced thinly into 3 x 1/2-inch strips
1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes and drained
Lime wedges for garnish

Combine first 10 ingredients, reserve.  Saute almonds in oil until golden.  Add onion and saute over medium heat until just tender, about five minutes.  Add steak and saute until brown, one to two minutes, or more if necessary.   Add orange juice/spice mixture, simmer until thickened, about one minute.  Stir in olives and raisins.  Garnish with lime wedges.  Serves four to five. 


Allie and Pattie said...

This is definitely one of those recipes that I would love and could never get my husband to try! His tastes are so boring! Time for a girls' night, maybe...
xoxo Pattie

Cathy said...

The flavors you've combined in this recipe are making my mouth water. Olives and raisins...who would ever think???

This recipe is a keeper and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Anita Diaz said...

This looks like something we would love! We pretty much like all latin food!!

laterg8r said...

sounds super yummy :D

Unknown said...

can you pack the leftovers up...i will be by later to pick them up! This looks delicious!

lissa said...

I don't know how to cook but this sounds delicious

thanks for your visit to my aphabe-thursday

Sue said...

This sounds really good. It is an unusual, but yummy mixture of flavors.

GardenOfDaisies said...

A food named for the Argentinian cowboys! Sounds yummy!

Jenny said...

G ood G ravy. This sounds delightful and different. I am going to copy it off. This is something I'm sure my husband and I would enjoy very much!

Thanks for joining in!

It looks like you are a G lorious addition to our meme.


Mami said...

Orange juice!! how noice!! Thank you for sharing G recipe!!

Anonymous said...

sounds delicious!! I will definitely try it!

Unknown said...

Oh, does this look very interesting! Thanks for posting...I'll need to give it a try :)


Amy said...

Oh, this sounds delicious! I love the mixture of spices!

Viki said...

My husband and son would probably like this a lot.

The Charm of Home said...

Wow! This is a wonderful blend of flavors. I bet this would be great for all my guys!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I love all of the textures and flavors--sounds sooo good!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is one of those exotic and unforgettable flavors. I can just taste them in my mind! I love this recipe!!!

Unknown said...

Sounds really Good!

Steph said...

I think my guys would love this recipe. Wish I was coming to eat at your house.

Jo said...

that sounds like an enticing recipe! wonderful g post!

Unknown said...

this looks sooooo good! Great G' post....I will have to give it a try....sorry it took me so long to swing by for Alphabe Thursday...cmon by if you get a chance...Melinda