-- Prepare potatoes and begin to bake - 10 minutes
-- Prepare steaks and shrimp; serve - 20 minutes
Cowboy Steaks and Onion Shrimp
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoons chipotle pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup marinade for chicken
4 shrimp skewers
1 1/2 lb grilling steaks (such as sirloin, ribeye, strip)
1/4 cup French-fried onions
1. Preheat grill (or grill pan). Combine bacon, tomato paste, pepper sauce, cumin, and 2 tablespoons oil; set aside.
2. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil and marinade until well blended; brush one-half of the mixture over both sides of shrimp.
3. Place steaks on grill (or in grill pan); grill 2-3 minutes on each side or until 145°F (for medium-rare). Top steaks with tomato mixture; cover and grill 1-2 more minutes or until topping is warm. Remove steaks from heat; let stand 5-10 minutes.
4. Place shrimp on grill; cook 1-2 minutes on each side, brushing with remaining half of marinade mixture, or until shrimp are pink and opaque. Crush onions; sprinkle over shrimp. Serve.
Barbecue Potato Bake
1 (32-oz) package refrigerated mashed potatoes
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French-fried onions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine potatoes, barbecue sauce, and pepper; transfer to 2-quart baking dish. Top with cheese and then onions; cover loosely with foil. Bake 10 minutes.
2. Remove foil from potatoes; bake 5-10 more minutes or until onions are crisp. Serve. (Makes 6 servings.)
-- Complete your meal with a fresh salad blend, corn bread, and carrot cake for dessert.
-- The type of barbecue sauce you use (sweet, spicy, or smoky) will affect the flavor of the potatoes.