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Robb Lucas's

STEAK STARTER

The chef at Koi serves up a savory appetizer from the L.A. hot spot

RIB EYE BITES

Makes 4 appetizer servings

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 green bell pepper, cut in 1-in. pieces or 10 shishito peppers, tops removed

1 tbsp. soy sauce

¼ cup sour cream

¾ cup fresh cilantro leaves, lightly packed

1 small garlic clove, peeled

2 oz. cream cheese

Salt

1 (10-to 12-oz.) rib eye steak

Garlic salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1. Cook peppers in olive oil in large skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until soft. Add soy sauce; set aside.

2. Pulse sour cream, cilantro and garlic in blender. Add peppers and cream cheese; purée until smooth. Season sauce to taste with salt; set aside.

3. Sprinkle rib eye with garlic salt and pepper. Grill steak, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Slice diagonally into bite-size pieces. Serve with pepper cream sauce.

Adapted from a dish at Koi Restaurant

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