Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steaks with Mashed Plantain, Collard Greens & Ginger Peanuts: Switch up your meat and potatoes game with this West African-inspired meal.
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Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steaks with Mashed Plantain, Collard Greens & Ginger Peanuts

Switch up your meat and potatoes game with this West African-inspired meal.

My family loves a good steak dinner. Even my 5-year-old enjoys a nice piece of medium-rare beef. A lot of times, I like to leave my steak simple – seasoned with salt and pepper, seared for a nice crust on the outside with a beautiful pink inside.

But a while back, one of the recipes in the Blue Apron order that I placed called for grains of paradise as a spice crust for sirloin steak. I hadn’t cooked with grains of paradise before, so I decided that this would be the perfect way to try it out without having a big jar of leftover spices.

Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steaks with Mashed Plantain, Collard Greens & Ginger Peanuts: Switch up your meat and potatoes game with this West African-inspired meal.

We really enjoyed the flavor of the grains of paradise – it was mildly peppery with a hint of a citrus. Very interesting, and something I’d like to use in other recipes.

This dish ended up being a huge hit at the dinner table! We really enjoyed this preparation of plantains – it was a nice change of pace from rice or mashed potatoes.

The acidity of the herb sauce added a much needed tanginess to the tender steak, and the ginger-y peanuts made a wonderfully crunchy topping. I found myself mixing the collard greens into the plantains for each bite, topping it with some steak and dunking it into the sauce. It was a really well balanced meal that I’d love to make again.

  • 2 Top Sirloin Steaks
  • 1 Black Plantain
  • 1 Bunch Collard Greens
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Bunch Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Grains Of Paradise

See Blue Apron for the full recipe.

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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