For our Halloween entree, I really wanted something from a classic story and there are few stories as classic as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Thanks to Anne Rice and others, the vampire genre has exploded in recent decades, but Dracula was one of the very first and while not all of you have read Dracula, I bet most of you have heard of Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Mina, and Van Helsing. Heck, many of the characters showed up quite recently in the series Penny Dreadful (available on Netflix and a great Halloween watch!)
Food doesn’t play a huge role in Dracula, but a passage right in chapter one is pretty intriguing.
“There are many odd things to put down, and, lest who reads them may fancy that I dined too well before I left Bistritz, let me put down my dinner exactly. I dined on what they called ‘robber steak’—bits of bacon, onion, and beef, seasoned with red pepper, and strung on sticks, and roasted over the fire, in simple style of the London cat’s meat!”
–Dracula by Bram Stoker
This one was nice and easy. The recipe is right there. I really just did what was written. I used paprika as the “red pepper” and added garlic, both because I love garlic and because it seemed appropriate as a nod to vampire lore. I alternated steak, bacon, and onion on wooden skewers and then cooked them on a grill pan in my kitchen. They would be even better done on a grill outside (or even a fire, as described) where you can get some flame surrounding the whole skewer at once. Done on a pan it’s tough to get the bacon done without the steak getting overdone. I cooked them over medium high heat for about 3-5 minutes per side and they turned out nicely.
Add a salad or some roasted veggies and you have a delicious, vampire-repelling dinner that is perfect for your Halloween party or a quiet dinner in your family crypt.