Celebrate Summer Part II

With a track record like ours, it makes sense that Texans would celebrate the 4th of July with a bit of our own flair. In lots of neighborhoods, you’ll find American flags lining the yards—with Texas flags alongside them. We may celebrate with hamburgers and hotdogs, but we also might have barbeque, or tacos. It’s difficult to think about July 4th here in Texas without thinking first about how we came to be a state—a journey that bestowed us with self-determination and spark, and which led us to be thankful to be a part of something bigger: the great United States of America.

To celebrate the Fourth of July in Texas style, try these delicious steaks that incorporate a bit of our frontier culture as well as our Mexican roots, found in Lone Star Chefs cookbook:

Stephan Pyles’ Cowboy Ribeye with Onion Rings

¼ cup sweet paprika
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 ½ tablespoons ground guajillo chile
1 ½ tablespoons ground pasilla chile
1 ½ tablespoons ground chipotle chile
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
4 (16-ounce) bone-in ribeye steaks

In a medium bowl, whisk together ¼ cup paprika, 2 tablespoons salt, guajillo, pasilla, and chipotle chiles, and sugar. Put steaks on a parchment-lined baking sheet; rub with chile mixture. Refrigerate steaks overnight.

Onion Rings:
Canola oil, for frying
1 small yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rings
1 cup whole milk
1 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Pour oil into a 4-quart sauce pan to a depth of 2 inches; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F. Meanwhile, put onions and milk into a bowl; let soak for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the salt, flour, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, and pepper. Working in batches, remove onions from the milk, shake off excess, and toss in seasoned flour. Fry onions until crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels; season with salt. Set aside.

Build a medium-hot fire with mesquite charcoal or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.) Grill steaks, turning once, until medium rare, about 12 minutes. Serve with onion rings. Serves 4.

For more delicious recipes from the best chefs in Texas, check out John DeMers’ Lone Star Chefs.