Chef Kelly Cahoon presents an apple cider braised petite striploin cooked with tricolored carrots and caramelized fennel. To make it more special, she serves the American Wagyu beef over a bed of mascarpone whipped sweet potatoes topped with spiced candied walnuts and fried sage.
Kelly is a professional chef and member of Team SRF. She worked both front and back of house at many restaurants and eventually started a catering company. Chef Cahoon is married and has four young children. She says, “I love cooking at home WAY more than in restaurants!” Follow her on Instagram: @chefkellycahoon
Heat a large cast iron pot or Dutch oven over high heat. When hot, add 2 tablespoons avocado oil to the base of the pan. Sear the striploin on all sides until dark golden in color (about 2 minutes per side). Remove meat from pot and set aside.
In the same pot add sliced fennel, celery, and garlic and cook until fragrant. Pour the cider over the vegetables and top with the striploin. Place carrots around the meat and top with the Rosemary sprigs.
Cover the pot with a lid and place in the preheated grill. Cook 4 hours or until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork.
Portion over whipped sweet potatoes and top with fried sage and candied walnuts. Serve with crusty bread.
Fried Sage leaves
Fill a deep fry pan with the 2 cups of cooking oil and place over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, fry the sage leaves 3-4 at a time, flipping once. Each leaf should only need to fry for about 5-10 seconds per side then place directly on a paper towel. They should be dark green without any brown.
Repeat with remaining leaves. Set aside.
Mascarpone whipped sweet potatoes
Bring large pot of salted water boil.
Cut each sweet potato into 6-8 cubes and carefully place the pieces in the boiling water. Cook 25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain water.
While the potatoes are still hot, add the mascarpone and butter. Use a potato masher to break potatoes and to combine the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
Spiced Candied Walnuts
Mix sugars, pie seasoning, and butter over medium heat. Move the sugar around with spatula until melted completely and golden.
Add vanilla and walnuts and stir until coated.
Spread walnuts in a Single layer on a silpat or wax paper then sprinkle with flake salt. Let cool completely before separating them.