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Steak Bites And Potato Bites

A new twist on a old classic. Steak and potatoes gets made into bite sized appetizers for game day. Simple, and utterly delicious!

Serves 5people
for the potato bites:
bag of baby potatoes
cup butter, divided
cup mozzarella
to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced super small
tsp onion salt or powder, more or less to taste
tsp garlic salt or powder, more or less to taste
tsp smoked paprika, more or less to taste
salt and pepper to taste
cup olive oil
for the steak bites:
and 1/2 pounds of steak, personally i like striploin (i'm not a sirloin fan)
tbs butter, more or less to taste
salt and pepper to taste
to 2 tablespoons roasted garlic and pepper rub marinade
Preheat the grill to a medium heat!
For the Potatoes:
Boil your potatoes ahead of time for 8 to 12 minutes depending in their size. You want them fork tender but still firm enough that they won't fall apart when hollowing them out.
Drain your potatoes and allow to cool slightly.
Take a small measuring spoon or melon baller and scoop out as much of the inside of the potatoes without them falling apart. Transfer those scooped out bits to a food processor bowl that's been fitted with a steel blade for mixing. Set your hollowed out potatoes aside.
Add the rest of your ingredients to the food processor bowl. Give it a whir. If it doesn't mix well add some olive oil. You want it thick but pliable, sort of the consistency of cookie dough.
Turn the food processor off. Unplug and remove the bowl. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon for each potato and start stuffing them. I make mine so they are overflowing, and piled high. Just how we roll here. Place the finished potatoes in a grill pan.
Add butter, don't fear the butter. It's game day, live a little.
Pop the grill pan on a preheated medium heat outdoor grill and cook for about 10 minutes covered. Uncover and cook another 2 to 5 minutes depending the size of your taters and the heat of your grill. You want them browning on the bottom and the filling just starting to ooze and melt.
Obviously this is not a dish you flip over, just putting that out there in case there's anyone out there who thought it was a good idea. Don't flip over stuffed potatoes, it's bad news folks.
Make sure you keep an eye on them while cooking. And add more butter if they stick. Yes, I actually said more butter.
Once they are ready carefully remove them from the grill and transfer them to a serving plate. Watch out, they're hot. You'll have a literal game of hot potato happening if you're not careful.
Serve with a big old potato loving smile!
For the Steak Bites:
Cut the beef into bite sized pieces, think tips when you go to a restaurant.
Add half your butter a cast iron pan, pop that on the grill and allow it to sizzle a bit and start to turn to brown butter, then toss in your beef. Cook and stir as it cooks.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then toss the rest of the butter and the rub marinade in the pan. You're not using it as a marinade, you're using it as a sauce for flavour. Continue to cook and allow the marinade to coat the meat. Total cooking time should only be about 6 or 8 minutes tops, depending on the size of your pieces.
Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl or plate.
Serve with a big old steak loving smile.

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