August goerg's grilled steak (spiessbraten au

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 Shallot or small onion cut into small pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch Mace
1 large Steak (just over 1 lb), at least 1 1/4 inches

((Note: Per Horst Scharfenberg, this recipe originated in the town of Idar-Oberstein in the 19 th century, when gemstone prospectors returning from South America created their own version of gaucho-grilled steaks. The dish was then further refined by Scharfenberg's mentor August Goerg. K.B.)) Per person: thick, trimmed

Mix together the shallot or onion with the pepper and mace. Insert a few shallot pieces into the steak using the point of a small knife.

Coat the steak with the shallot mixture, pressing it in so it will adhere.

Remove the loose shallot pieces and grill the steak (over a fire of oak logs, says August Goerg, from which the bark has been removed).* Take the steaks off the grill while they are still pink inside.

Sprinkle them with salt.

*Note: A special grill is used, suspended with 3 chains from an iron tripod and constantly swinging through the flames.

From: THE CUISINES OF GERMANY by Horst Scharfenberg, Simon & Schuster/Poseidon Press, New York. 1989 Posted by: Karin Brewer, Cooking Echo, 8/92

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