Beef Antigua Recipes
While in Antigua Guatemala on vacation and talking about food and great recipes one cannot miss the idea of the great Carne or Beef in Central America and in particular Guatemala. Beef in Antigua comes from the Guatemala Highlands and is all grass fed.
Also Carne or Beef in Guatemala is not aged. Thus cooking beef in Antigua you need to take a few of my hints to create that moist beef we are used to in Canada and the US. Self aging the beef or tenderizing is the key not to have a lovely hunk of Beef turn into a Carne of brick.
For this recipe we head out Mercado de Antigua the cost for this recipe to feed 4 people is less then 50Q.
Most days at the Mercado de Antigua market you will find in the center of the Antigua Market a large selection of fresh Carne or Beef. Meat is not refrigerated in the market so you will find your meat hanging on a hook awaiting your request to for the most part have the butcher cut a piece of beef to the size you want.
Now for this recipe I have Flank Steak that must be marinated over night in Coca-Cola Light. Or in parts of the rest of the work Diet Coke. Coke adds no flavor to the beef it does however break down the connective tissue of the beef and helps with the process of tenderization of the beef. All important hints for those first time Traveler and Vacationers to Antigua Guatemala.
Simply place your meat from the Antigua Market into anything that will hold it. Add the ingredients for the marinating or tenderizing recipe to the mix. I leave my beef out over night sealed or covered to keep the critters from getting into it.
In the morning I will stir the mixture around.
GRILLED CARNE ASADA
½ lbs Flank Steak
1 Package Meat Tenderizer
1/2 bottle Coca-Cola Light
2-3 teaspoons of crushed red pepper
2-3 teaspoons of crushed garlic
juice of 3-4 limes
Antigua Guatemala Recipes Grill
To cook the beef I use a small grill I purchased at the market. Wood Charcoal is also available. This charcoal is real not treated or processed and adds great flavor to the meat. I gill the meat about 7 minutes on each side till medium rare. I slice the meat across the grain and serve.
Oh and the weather report for Antigua Guatemala for grilling. Same as ever other weather report for Antigua Guatemala sunny and warm with a clear day for November 8, 2011
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