Chef Tee’s Grilled Ribeye w/Sweet Potatoes

Serves 2 to 4
Grilled steak, sweet potatoesPrep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 8-to-10 minutes


  • 2 NY strip or ribeye steaks (at least 1-inch thick)
  • 2 grilled sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Favorite seasoning salt to taste
  • Favorite steak finishing salt


    1. Heat grill to medium.
    2. Season steaks w/seasoning salt; put on hot grill; cook covered to desired doneness; remove steaks; rest meat for 5-to-10 minutes.
    3.  Season steaks with finishing salt; serve w/sweet potatoes.

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Salt & Pepper Chefs’ Brian Reeve and Chef “Tee” Terrell Danley make kick-butt burger toppings for National Hamburger Month with Fox 5 DC’s Erin Como.

On the menu: (1) Brian’s Spinach Salad and Guacamole w/Bacon; (2) Chef Tee’s Red Wine Onions and Pickled Garlic.



Chef Tee’s Grilled Steak

Grilled steak (2)Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: about 10 minutes


  • 4, (12-to-14 ounces) New York Strip Steak, angus or prime
  • 2 Tbsps. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsps. Montreal seasoning salt
  • 3 ounces melted butter
  • 2 Tbsps. Montreal steak seasoning


  1. Pre-heat grill.
  2. Set out meat for ½ hour to bring to room temperature
  3. Coat steaks with oil; season with seasoning salt.
  4. Put steaks on hot grill; cook to desired doneness (3-to-5 minutes per side for medium rare).
  5. Allow steak to sit for five minutes.
  6. Drizzle butter over steak.
  7. Sprinkle Montreal steak seasoning over meat.

Chef Tee’s Beef Soup

soup-plated-with-cornbreadPrep time: 10 minutes; cooking time: about 1 ½ hours

  • Beef short ribs, cut into 2-to-3-inch pieces
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Water
  • Vegetables leftover in frig
  • Favorite soup vegetables (onions, red peppers, celery, etc.), chopped
  • Garlic (fresh or powder)
  • Favorite fresh herbs
  • Cornbread


  1. Season beef with Salt & Pepper.
  2. In large pot, add beef; brown meat over medium-high heat.
  3. When beef is sufficiently browned (aka caramelized), cover with water; bring to a boil.
  4. When water starts boiling, skim off fat from top; cover; lower heat to simmer; cook until meat is almost tender (at least 1 hour).
  5. Add “GOZE-IN-DA” veggies (aka, whatever vegetables you have leftover in frig, goes in da pot.)
  6. Add soup veggies.
  7. Simmer soup until veggies tender (about 20 minutes).
  8. Season (to taste) with Salt & Pepper, garlic, fresh herbs.
  9. Serve with warm cornbread.

Chef Tee’s Braised English-Cut Short Ribs

S n p logoPrep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 1-to-1 1/2 hours
Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 slabs of 4-inch English-cut short ribs (ask butcher to cut these for you)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup celery, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup carrots, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsps. tomato paste
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4 cups beef demi-glace (homemade demi-glace takes hours to prepare; save time and use store-bought demi-glace)
  • 2 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Season all sides of meat with Salt & Pepper; set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in large heavy gauge pot or Dutch oven on top of stove over high heat until oil just starts to smoke.
  4. Carefully place one slab of ribs, flesh side down, in pot; cook on high until nicely browned; remove slab from pot.
  5. Repeat step 4 with second slab; set both slabs aside.
  6. Add onion, celery, carrots to hot pot minus ribs; stir vegetables in pan drippings; cook over medium-high heat until begins to brown (about 5 minutes).
  7. Add tomato paste; stir; cook additional 2-to-3 minutes.
  8. Add red wine; bring to a boil; add demi-glace, water; stir; bring to a boil again.
  9. Add short ribs back to pot (browned/flesh side up).  You may need to add more water or wine to pot, so liquid falls just below top of ribs.
  10. Cover pot tightly with aluminum foil; bake 45 minutes, then lower oven to 350°F and cook for additional 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  11. Remove from oven; carefully remove foil, so hot steam doesn’t burn you.
  12. Meat is done when bones separate easily from meat.
  13. Gently remove meat from pot; then use large spoon to scoop out thick, glossy layer of fat floating on top of sauce; discard fat.
  14. Spoon remaining sauce over ribs; serve with potatoes and your favorite vegetables.

Chef Tee’s Grilled NY Strip Steak w/Red Wine Sauce

Serves 2 to 4NY Strip Steak and Red Wine Sauce
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 8-to-10 minutes

  • 3 NY Strip Steaks (at least 1-inch thick)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup red onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsps. Dalmatia Sour Cherry Spread (available at Whole Foods Market®)
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup green olives, pitted, chopped


  1. In medium pot, add wine, onions, cherry spread; simmer uncovered over medium heat until liquid thickens, reduces by about ¼; turn off sauce; stir in butter; set aside.
  2. Heat grill to medium.
  3. Season steaks w/Salt & Pepper; put on hot grill; cook covered to desired doneness; remove steaks; rest meat for 5-to-10 minutes.
  4. In small bowl, combine olives, 2 Tbsps. sour cherry spread to make tapenade.
  5. Plate steak w/sauce, 1 Tbsp. tapenade.
  6. Serve w/Chef Tee’s Baby Arugula Salad


Brian’s Shiitake Sesame Marinated Flank Steak

Serves 4 to 6 S n p logo
Prep time: 30 minutes; cooking time: 10-to-15 minutes

  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 2 cups Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette (available at Whole Foods Market®) (can substitute favorite Asian marinade)
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sautéed Mushrooms & Shallots
  • Garnish — chopped mint


  1. In large bowl, add steak, vinaigrette, onions; marinate steak for 30 minutes; reserve marinade.
  2. Season steak w/Salt & Pepper.
  3. Put steak on hot grill; cook 5-to-10 minutes per side or until desired doneness; rest meat a few minutes.
  4. In medium saucepan, add reserved marinade; cook uncovered over medium-high heat until liquid thickens, reduces by half to form sauce.
  5. Cut steak on a bias; garnish w/mint.
  6. Serve w/sauce, Sautéed Mushrooms & Shallots.


Chef Tee’s Steak & Wild Mushrooms

Serves 2Steak and mushrooms
Prep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 5-to-10 minutes

  • 2 NY strip steaks
  • Merlot sea salt (available at Whole Foods Market®)
  • Pepper
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup French onion soup
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch mixed w/2 Tbsps. water
  • 4 Tbsps. butter (optional)
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Garnish — Merlot salt


  1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of steak w/Merlot salt, pepper.
  3. Put steaks in heated skillet; cook 3-to-4 minutes per side or until golden brown if want medium rare (if want well done, cook uncovered in a 450° F heated oven an additional 4-to-6 minutes); set steaks aside.
  4. Use paper towel to carefully remove excess pan drippings from hot skillet; add 2 Tbsps. oil; heat oil over medium-high heat; add shallots, soup.
  5. Stir in cornstarch/water mixture to soup, shallots.
  6. Season to taste w/Merlot salt, pepper.
  7. Turn off heat; stir in butter until melted.
  8. Top steaks w/pan sauce, little Merlot salt; serve w/Wild Mushrooms.


Brian’s Fajitas

Serves 6 to 8S n p logo
Prep time: up to 4 hours; cooking time: 15-to-20 minutes

  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 1 white onion, quartered and tooth-picked together
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Favorite fajita seasoning or marinade
  • 10-to-12 flour tortillas
  • Garnishes – sour cream, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, salsa, chopped cilantro


  1. Lightly coat steak w/oil, then season w/fajita seasoning (if using marinade let meat soak for 1-to-4 hours, covered at room temperature), set aside.
  2. Coat onion, peppers w/oil, Salt & Pepper; put coated vegetables on medium-high grill; cook for 5 minutes or until onion, peppers’ skins char on one side, then carefully rotate vegetables and continue grilling until skins char all over; remove from grill, put on plate, cover w/plastic wrap, let sit for 15-to-20 minutes to loosen skins.
  3. Put seasoned meat on medium-high grill; sear each side, then cook to desired doneness (about 10 minutes for medium rare).
  4. Remove steak from grill, let sit for 5-to-10 minutes.
  5. Remove plastic cover from vegetables, remove charred veggie skins (they should slide off easily)
  6. Cut peppers in half; remove, discard seeds, then slice peppers into long strips.
  7. Cut onion into strips.
  8. Slice meat across grain into strips
  9. Warm tortillas in microwave for about 30 seconds (can also heat in hot skillet or oven).
  10. Put few strips of meat, onion, peppers on warmed tortilla, garnish w/sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, salsa.
  11. Roll or fold tortilla closed.
  12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 for rest of tortillas; enjoy!

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Brian’s Grilled Steak

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Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 10-to-20 minutes

  • 4 Kansas City or New York Strip Steaks—at least 1-inch thick
  • Seasoned salt
  • Montreal steak seasoning® (can substitute your favorite brand)
  • 2 Tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (can substitute blue cheese)
  • Sautéed mushrooms (recipe below)


  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Set out meat for ½ hour to bring to room temperature.
  3. Coat w/olive oil.
  4. Lightly season both sides w/seasoned salt (1/2 tsp. per strip).
  5. Grill on high heat; 3-to-5 minutes per side for medium rare.
  6. Remove from heat; rest for 5-to-10 minutes on plate.
  7. Season one side of steak w/Montreal steak seasoning; sprinkle cheese on top.
  8. Spoon sautéed mushrooms over cheese; serve.

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Sautéed Mushrooms

  • 3 Tbsps. butter
  • 1 to 2 cups baby portabella mushrooms
  • 2 tsps. garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup onions, diced


  1. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté mushrooms, garlic, onions in skillet until mushrooms are tender, onions are translucent (about 10 minutes).