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Lemongrass Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Edamame Dumplings accompanied by Cucumber Fennel Slaw

Ingredients 4 beef filet steaks, 6 to 8 ounces each

Spice Rub

Mirin Sauce

Edamame Dumplings

Tofu Red Pepper Salad

Spice Rub Ingredients 1 tablespoon orange zest

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon white pepper

3/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Mirin Sauce Ingredients 1 cup Mirin1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons chopped green onion

1 teaspoon chopped ginger root

1 teaspoon chopped lemongrass

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Edamame Dumplings Ingredients 1 cup edamame, cooked

1 green onion, chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot

1 teaspoon minced ginger root

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon wasabi

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

Lemon juice and salt

16 round wonton wrappers

Tofu Red Pepper Salad Ingredients 4 ounces extra firm tofu, cut in strips

1 small sweet red pepper, cut in strips

4 green onions, cut in strips

2 tablespoons vinaigrette

4 butter lettuce cups

Instructions Rub both sides of each steak with Spice Rub.

Grill or smoke as desired.

Plate sliced steak with a drizzle of Mirin Sauce, Edamame Dumplings and Tofu Red Pepper Salad.

Spice Rub Instructions Combine orange zest and dry seasonings.

Mirin Sauce Instructions Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Simmer until reduced by half.

Edamame Dumplings Instructions Combine edamame, green onion, carrot, ginger, garlic, wasabi and celery salt.

Season with lemon juice and salt.

To form the dumplings, remove 1 wonton wrapper from the package, covering the others with a damp cloth. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water.Place 1 tablespoon edamame mixture in the center of the wrapper.Fold over and seal edges.Cover with a damp cloth. Repeat to make 16 dumplings.Using a steamer of your choice, bring 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water to a simmer over medium heat.Oil the rack surface to prevent sticking.Place as many dumplings as will fit into steamer without touching each other.Cover and steam for 10 to 12 minutes.Remove the dumplings from the steamer and keep warm.Repeat until all dumplings are steamed.

Tofu Red Pepper Salad Instructions Season tofu, sweet pepper and onions with vinaigrette.Lay a quarter of the strips in each lettuce cup.

Notes Yield: 4 servings

By Brian Sonksen, Soho Sushi Bar and Deli, The Stuffed Olive, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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