When I hear someone refer to black and white I think of a few different things. Cop cars and old-time newspapers, checker boards or the tiles in my bathroom. There is also Oreo cookies and I watched a movie the other night with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy that illustrated that old black-white dynamic. Black and white photography is also a good one. Truman Capote a number of years back also hosted a Black & White Masquerade Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
And black and white also has its place in the kitchen. There is the black & white cookie that is something all together different than the Oreo cookie. There is also the hot fudge sundae. I could go for a hot fudge sundae. There are black beans, white beans, black ice, white bread, salt & pepper, the list goes on and on.
So in cooking what do you get when you combine black and white? You get blite, but that seems to me to be more of a term describing urban problems or a crop condition. No, there are several variations on the black and white theme in the kitchen. The black and white have become the Yin and Yang, the point-counterpoint of cooking if you will. They say opposites attract, and in this case the marriage can yield some pretty tasty results with some colorful flavors.
The slideshow spotlights a couple of classic black and white recipes, check out the video too.
Blackened Steak w/ Feta Cheese
1 Beef Sirloin Steak, About 1 inch thick (2 lb)
2 Red Onions, Sliced
4-6 Oz. Crumbled Feta Cheese
Chopped Fresh Parsley
Preheat charcoal grill. Place beef and onions on grill. Cover grill; cook over from medium heat 8-10 minutes per side minutes for medium rare and turning once.
Cut beef across grain into thin slices.
Sprinkle beef with feta and parsley; serve with onion slices.
Happy polarization everybody.