Cookout recipes from Oak Street Beachstro

September 4, 2010

Oak Street Beachstro's Black Bean and Corn Salsa w/ Blue Corn Tortillas

1 can whole kernel sweet corn (drained and rinsed)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup diced tomato
1 medium red onion finely diced
1 fresh jalapeno finely diced remove seeds and stem
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Tabasco
Dash of salt and white pepper

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Top with a swirl of sour cream and guacamole. Serve with blue corn tortillas.

Oak Street Beachstro's Beef Tenderloin Panini

8oz pounded beef tenderloin
Herb Focaccia Bread
Mixed greens
Fresh sliced tomato
Sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons of butter
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup brandy

Horseradish Tarragon Sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of tarragon
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare horseradish tarragon sauce by combining mayo, sour cream, 1 clove of finely-chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon of tarragon and salt and papper. Set aside. Saute sliced mushrooms in frying pan with butter and salt and pepper until tender. Then add brandy and flame.. To prepare beef, season with sea salt, ground pepper, olive oil, and fresh chopped garlic. Grill to medium rare. Make up sandwich on inverted herb focaccia, adding beef tenderloin, mushrooms, and horseradish tarragon sauce. Add mixed greens and sliced tomato. Grill on panini press or grill pan.

Also, those who prefer not to do any preparation this Labor Day are welcome to bring their party to the Oak Street Beachstro (located on Lake Michigan on Oak Street Beach) and enjoy one of the last summer weekends. For reservations, guests should call 312-915-4100 or visit Specializing in gourmet beach food from fresh shrimp to the catch of the day, the Beachstro offers live entertainment throughout the weekend with classic rock cover band Acoustic Playback and stunning views of the city and lake in a tropical paradise atmosphere. Known for its signature palm trees, the building and teardown of the Beachstro is Chicago's telltale sign that summer has come and gone. The Beachstro's last day this year is Sep. 26.

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