Fullblood Wagyu Top Round Steak with Salsa and Cheese Pupusas

October 15, 2020
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Photo by Double8Cattle
  • Prep time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

A popular dish in El Salvador and Honduras, pupusas are thick griddle cakes. We've stuffed our pupusas with cheese and topped them with grilled and marinated Fullblood Wagyu steak, as well as tropical salsa. If you're looking for a flavorful dish that pleases the palate, we recommend this recipe! —Double8Cattle

What You'll Need
  • 1 Double 8 Cattle Company Top Round Steak Tenderized
  • 1 cup Mango and Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (stems and leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (smashed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Lime (juiced)
  • 1 Large Ripe Mango (small diced)
  • 1/2 Pineapple (small diced)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (small diced)
  • 1-2 Jalapenos (seeded, small diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (leaves only, minced)
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes (small diced)
  • 1 Lime (juiced)
  • Kosher Salt (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups Instant Corn Masa Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 2/3 cups Hot Water
  • 8 ounces Jack Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 Large Avocado (small diced)
  1. Tools - Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment, Gas Grill, Flat Top Griddle
  2. FIRST STEP Take the Fullblood Wagyu top round steak (tenderized) out of the freezer, and place it in the refrigerator 24 hours before starting this recipe.
  3. PREPARING THE MARINADE Mix the mango and pineapple juice, grapeseed oil, smashed garlic cloves, cilantro, lime juice, kosher salt, and black pepper in a large casserole dish. Add the Fullblood Wagyu top round steak, and coat it in the marinade. Place the casserole dish in the refrigerator, and let the steak marinate for 4 hours. Pull it out every hour to turn the steak and coat it with the marinade. Pull the marinated steak out of the refrigerator, and let it sit at room temperature for one hour before starting the grill.
  4. PREPARING THE TROPICAL SALSA Place all of the salsa ingredients (diced mango, diced pineapple, diced red onion, seeded and diced jalapenos, minced garlic, minced cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, and lime juice) in a medium size bowl. Mix the ingredients together, and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Refrigerate the salsa until you’re ready to serve it.
  5. PREPARING THE CHEESE PUPUSAS Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the masa flour, kosher salt, cumin, garlic powder, and hot water on medium speed. Mix until the dough is very thick and sticky. Note: If you do not have a stand mixer, you can mix the ingredients manually in a large bowl. Let the dough rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Combine 1/3 cup of oil and 1 cup of warm water in a medium bowl. Dip both of your hands in this “no stick” mixture, and rub your hands together to coat. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your hands, and it will also hydrate the dough as you assemble. Divide the dough into 12 balls – each ball measuring about a 1/4 cup. Keep the dough balls covered with a damp towel, so they don’t dry out. With one dough ball in the palm of your hand, use your thumb of the opposite hand to create an indentation in the center. Pinch the sides to create a well for the cheese (the dough should look like half of a coconut shell). Fill the well with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Pinch the dough around the cheese filling to enclose (it’s okay if some cheese is poking out). Then, gently flatten the dough to create to a 3 inch to 3 1/2 inch disk. Dip your hands in the “no stick” mixture (oil and water) as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. Repeat the process with remaining dough until all of the cheese pupusas are assembled. Heat a griddle over medium heat, and grease it with grapeseed oil. Place 4 to 6 cheese pupusas down on the griddle, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until the center slightly puffs up and the pupusa is browned in spots. Place the cheese pupusas in the oven, set at 300°F, to keep them warm.
  6. FINAL STEPS Heat your gas grill on medium-high heat, and let it heat up for 10 minutes. Pull the Fullblood Wagyu top round steak from the marinade, and let it drain off. Grill the marinated steak for 3 minutes on each side for a medium-rare finish. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, and then cut the steak into thin strips against the grain. Then, cut the large strips into bite-size pieces. Place the cheese pupusas on a large platter. Place pieces of grilled Fullblood Wagyu steak on top of each pupusa. Top with the tropical salsa, serve, and enjoy!

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