Denver Man Wins Grand Prize in National “Spice It Up” Recipe Contest

Nov. 27, 2006 – KANSAS CITY, KS – When the Kansas City Steak Company™ put a call out for out-of-the-ordinary steak recipes Paul Heitzenrater of Denver, CO, delivered.

His recipe for Mediterranean Crusted Steaks won the Grand Prize in the company’s first ever national Kansas City Steak Company Spice It Up Contest – and won Paul one year of steaks in the form of 12 $100 gift certificates and a Wilton Armetale grillware set.

The contest, held from June 15 through September 15, attracted recipes from all over the country. Ten finalists were selected by the head chef and staff at Kansas City Steak Company. Those recipes were then prepared and judged on taste, appearance, creativity, originality and overall appeal.

A runner up from Melissa, TX, joins Paul in this year’s win.

Here is Paul’s Grand Prize recipe:

Mediterranean Crusted Steaks
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/3 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 TBS dried oregano or 2 TBS Fresh chopped oregano
2 TBS Fresh chopped parsley
1 TBS Finely grated lemon rind
2 TBS Fresh lemon juice
2 TBS Olive oil
1/2 TSP Salt
1 TSP Ground Pepper
(4) 6 or 8 oz. Sirloin or strip steaks
Directions: Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl with a fork. Add lemon juice and oil and continue to mix until combined, Add salt & pepper and combine. Mixture will be moist but crumbly.

Pat steaks dry and grill on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes. Turn and top cooked side of steaks with bread crumb mixture. Cover grill and continue to cook another 4-5 minutes until steaks are medium rare or the degree doneness desired.

Mixture will form a crust on top of steaks. Let stand several minutes before serving.
Servings: 4

The winning recipe, as well as other favorites, can be found on the Kansas City Steak Company Web site at

The Kansas City Steak Company started in 1932 with a foundation of family values and it continues today as a family-owned and -operated tradition of high quality and excellence.

“Those standards of integrity, quality and hard work have made us a company you can trust,” says Edward Scavuzzo, the company’s president and a descendant of the Kansas City Steak Company’s founder.

The company just launched a new Web site which created a fully-functional online community and store—complete with recipes, steak grilling tips, a concierge service and Web-only specials.

For more information, visit the Kansas City Steak Company Web site at


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