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Nickel & Nickel
John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon,
Oakville, Napa Valley
Ingredients (Serves 4)
SHAVED TRI-TIP STEAK
CREME FRAICHE-HORSERADISH DRESSING
PICKLED RED ONION
SAUTEED MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS
Preheat your grill to high heat. Remove the tri tip from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking, and rub with olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the steak on your grill and sear each side about five minutes, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for another five minutes. The internal temperature for medium-rare is 145 F and for medium, 160 f. Let rest for 10 minutes.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the crème fraîche, grated horseradish, lemon zest and juice, salt, freshly ground pepper, chives, parsley, cilantro and dill. Set aside.
Cut the bottom off the butter lettuce, keeping the leaves whole. Separate the leaves and quickly rinse with water and place on a paper towel. The leaves bruise easily, so be gentle.
PICKLED RED ONIONS
For the pickled red onion, add the rice wine vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat immediately. Add the sliced red onion and let cool to room temperature. Next, place into a glass jar with a well-fitting lid. You will have plenty left over, but these pickled red onions are delicious on a sandwich as well.
SAUTEED CREMINI MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS
Remove the stems from the cremini mushrooms, then slice them into quarters. In a medium sized pan, saute on high heat with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Set aside on a plate. In that same pan, add one teaspoon of olive oil and bring to high heat. Add the asparagus pieces and cook until tender. Set aside until needed.
Thinly slice the tri-tip against the grain of the meat. Place the lettuce leaves in the center of the plate with the ends touching, to resemble a flower, stacking the smaller leaves on top. Drizzle the dressing on top. Add the sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, and some of the pickled red onions. Finally, lay five to six slices of the grilled tri tip around the salad. Enjoy with a glass of Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.