Hilltop Steak House Marinated Beef Tips

Hilltop Steak House Marinated Beef Tips

Years ago in another life, the life of a movie theater manager, I used to frequent the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus MA with the fake cows corralled out front.

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There were 3 of us, all mangers, who would gather there for drinks and dinner. The other managers had it down to a science, I was the newbie and just learning the power a movie passes. Years later while with 20th Century Fox and Orion Pictures I found that premium movie screening passes would get fake train ticket punches on the commuter rail. I rode the rails for month at no cost besides the $1 parking fee. Yep it was a while back….. Anyway back to Hilltop back then you had no choice but to get a number and wait sometimes up to an hour.

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We would get our number, wander upstairs to the bar, tell the bar tender to let Big Rosie know we were here, order our drinks (tip an occasional movie pass). Within a few minutes our number was called and we would wander down to Rosie’s smiling face. Her family size as she did fit her nickname. After our meals were on the table and maybe half to three-quarters gone Rosie would whisk our plates away, apologize for the meal not being perfect,  and would return with three new meals. She kept us feed with plenty or left overs to take home to our refrigerators – home was the theatre, our days were long especially with mid night showings. Anyway her family and friend had plenty of movies to go to between Peabody, Saugus and Stoneham.
Why am I bringing up the Hill Top, well after 52 years they are finally closing their doors I heard that someone even stole a cow from the front.

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Ingredients

• 1/4 c. olive oil
• 1/4 c. maple syrup
• 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
• 1/4 c. soy sauce
• Chopped Parsley
• 4 chopped garlic cloves
• Oregano to taste
• Pepper to taste
• 4 lbs. sirloin steak tips
• 2 lbs. sm. white onions
• 2 red peppers
• 2 green peppers
• lg. pkg. Mushrooms

How:

Marinate steak tips in the first 8 ingredients for at least 6 hours. (Can be done 24 hours ahead). Cut Vegetables in large pieces and add to marinade mixture 1 hour before grilling (can be added as you grill, but it is not as tasty).

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Grill steak and vegetables together in a grill pan.

tips

Hilltop Steak Tips

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Glazed Blueberry Chicken

Glazed Blueberry Chicken

You may have read that I am addicted to my 18 year old balsamic vinegar, well the last time I ordered online they accidentally sent me a bottle of blueberry balsamic vinegar along with that I ordered. Their mistake was quickly fixed and the blueberry was mine to play with for free!! I thought that it would be great on some fresh fruit, which it was, I tried over avocado but not quite my thing then my wife handed me the Silver Palate cook book and asked do you think you could make this. I have trouble refusing those eyes and a new recipe always excites me. After she said that she had been waiting for 25 years to try something like this what do I think about raspberry?

 

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

 

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, 2 1/2 to 3 lbs., cut into quarters (or I just use boneless thighs)*
  • 1/2 c blueberry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c blueberry chutney
  • chopped Italian parsley and grated zest of an orange for garnish

 

*Note: I just used 2 bone in chicken breast there is only 2 of us but did make the same amount of marinade since it would become the sauce.

 

How:

Combine chicken quarters, blueberry vinegar, and thyme in a bowl and marinate 2 hours.

marinate

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Arrange chicken, skin side up, in a glass baking dish. Reserve marinade. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and coat with chutney.

Set baking dish on the center rack of the oven and bake, uncovered, 40 minutes, or until done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, cover, and keep warm.

roast

Skim the fat from the cooking juices and move to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the marinade and bring to a boil. Reduce by 1/3 or until sauce is lightly thickened.  Pour over chicken and garnish with fresh parsley and orange zest. (You can also stir in some fresh blueberries to the sauce in the saucepan when you are simmering that.)

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Serve.

Bluebery glazed Chicken SERVE

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