Well, hardly, but as soon as I drew Bolivia it was the first thing which leapt to mind. I have a fact about Bolivia which I find incredible: in 1983 a drug trafficker from Bolivia called Gomez (known world wide as “The King of Cocaine”) wrote to Ronald Reagan offering to pay off the entire Bolivian national debt of $3 Billion in exchange for his son, who was arrested in the US for…drug trafficking. Surprisingly they turned him down. Naively, that is about all I know about Bolivia apart from sweeping assumptions I have made from its location in South America.
I made the dish after a tough day in the office as year end is approaching (our financial year ends tomorrow), but the dish ended up being a release as it tasted like a 2am kebab on a Saturday night. All my work stresses left my body and I sank into the sofa devouring the food as though I had chucked 9 pints and a couple of shots down me. Kebabs are great as they’re spicy, meaty, carb fueled (for the booze soaking) and laced with oil…which sucks up the flavours. This had it all. I thought the chips underneath were unnecessary, but they tasted good once they had soaked up the juice. I just got a bit frustrated as they made me feel full when I had so much more beef, sausage and egg to eat. I managed it though!
Overall this dish is brilliant as a replica for a kebab. Skip the chips and have more meat though. I do, also, need to point out that this dish is a bit of a bitch to make. There are loads of things to do – all simple, but just a lot! Get over that though; people will think you are a genius if they eat this after 3 pints, and if they’ve had 6 pints they’ll think you are a michelin starred kebab chef…..which of course you, sort of, are!
Recipe (serves about 3-4):
2 Serloin Steaks
6 Sausages – good ones.
1 can tinned tomatoes
Handful of chopped Jalepenos
2 Cloves Garlic
Potatoes for chips
Chop the steaks and marinade in a decent glug of beer, soy and a tablespoon of cumin
Seperately cook the sausages
Seperately cook the chips. However you choose to make chips
Make a sauce of onion, tomato, chopped jalapenos and garlic. Once this is done and thick, add the beef marinade and cook for about 15 mins until the beef is cooked/ warm through.
Put the chips on a plate add the beef mix to the top. Add sliced sausages, sliced egg and some sliced red onion. Serve once the sauce has had a chance to get everywhere. Done!