Well, we don’t know about you, but the words ‘cognac’ and ‘nuggets’ in such close proximity certainly don’t sit too well together – in our humble opinion. After all, it kind of seems like you’re likening a cheap burger joint to a bottle of aged, lovingly created masterpiece that is eaux-de-vie.
So what are they all about then? Because when we saw the name ‘cognac steak nuggets’ we immediately thought of deep fried, well – nuggets! But actually, on closer inspection we were proven otherwise. And actually, these sound quite a yummy appetizer that you could serve at the smartest of dinner tables.
1/2 cup cognac
1 cup shiraz or merlot wine
1 cup soy sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
2 pounds top sirloin steak, 1-inch thick
6 slices bacon
Place cognac, wine, soy sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar and pepper in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly to mix
Dice the steak into 1-inch cubes and place in the bowl with the marinade mixture. Seal bowl and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.
When the steak has marinaded, cook the bacon slices and drain. Crumble the bacon and process in a food processor until very fine.
Cook steak on medium hot grill to desired degree rare/medium/well done. Place on toothpicks while hot. Sprinkle with bacon bits and serve.
So, as you can see, this does seem like a rather tasty recipe. We just think that the name could be a little more, errr – upmarket, perhaps? And don’t use that extra special bottle you’ve been saving for one off occasion. A VS or VSOP will do the job just fine – adding that certain something to a quick and easy dish to prepare.
Sources: auburnvillager.com, Pic: Wikipedia