Bowtie Pasta with Steak Cubes in a Creamy Whiskey Sauce

Fairly simple, somewhat quick- full of flavor.

I had come up with this dish the other night as we had some not so tasteful weather (so I needed something that was full of taste). With having some london broil in the fridge before packing and freezing it seemed like the perfect ingredient to start off with. From there, I decided I would season it and put in the oven broiler and take things from there.

While that was goin in the oven, on the stovetop i had water boiling for the pasta and then threw it in. From baking projects/experiments/fun, I had some heavy cream still in the refrigerator. I also had some “real” sharp provolone (Italian market up in Northern New Jersey which makes their own), capers, and the kitchen is always stocked with an array of spices.

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I started off with some pumpkinseed oil and heavy cream. I let that heat up a little and then threw in provolone which I cut into small pieces to melt easier. I proceeded to add in some pepper, parsely, capers, and garlic. Wanting a little bit of smoky and sweetness I decided to pour in a little aged whiskey (in the end came to be a fine choice). I let this go until it became more of a creamy sauce. When the london broil was medium rare (quite pink) I took out and cut into the cubes. I then tossed them and mixed in the sauce with the heat on medium and cooked them the rest of the way in the sauce to really get in the flavors. This was all tossed in the pot with the pasta.

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It may sound like a lot but it was a fairly simple ingredient list and cooking methods. With everything cooking at the same time it was fiinished rather quickly (30-40 minutes at most).  The other nice thing was the main ingredients of beef and pasta are easy to portion and thus we both had lunch for the next day.

Enjoy.

Diner Inspired Sandwich- Grilled Ribeye with some Sauteed Onions

This is a nice, fun, and somewhat quick meal which can be tailored in many ways to suit one’s own liking. In this particular instance, I kept it in similar fashion to a version I had tried a few months back at a retro 50’s themed diner.

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On to the fun part: Start off with a nice boneless ribeye or two (or more depending on how many you are feeding), season to your liking- I used some cracked peppercorns, black-garlic salt, and some rosemary. Toss on the grill and cook to your liking (I did mine to about medium-rare as they will cook a little after you pull em off).

For the onions, I sliced up a nice large yellow sweet onion. Threw it in a skillet of already heated up olive oil, threw in some pepper to taste, and tossed in a little Worcestershire sauce. Cook til golden brown. Throw it all together on a nice roll, toss in a side of homemade broccoslaw and some pickles and bam…you have a complete meal. Quick, easy, tasty…what more could you want?

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Enjoy.

Grilled to Perfection: Ribeye, Corn on the Cob, and Potatoes

It’s evenings like yesterday that you can never complain about- mid 70’s, sunny, and a slight breeze. Which als means it is the perfect time to fire up the grill and what is better then tossing on some steaks.

These nice ribeyes were basted in some olive oil and then I applied two different salts: one being a black-garlic salt and the other being a cabernet infused salt.

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Now for the corn, I soaked the husks, basted the cobs and sprinkled on a spice mixture. The potatoes were par boiled, cooled, and then cut in half. I then spread on a little bit of butter, tossed on some spices and wrapped them individually in aluminum foil and tossed on the grill.

I left the potatoes and corn to grill for a while and I left the steaks out on the counter to get closer to room temperature. When the vegetables were getting close to being done, I took a small soufle bowl tossed in some pecan wood chips, water and placed on the grill. I then proceeded to throw on the steaks cooking each side for a couple of minutes.

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Back inside, I had some re-hydrated lobster mushrooms sauteeing in the mushroom juice and some truffle infused oil. These were then tossed on top of the steaks upon completion.

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Enjoy.

Boneless Ribeye- Even better when it’s on sale

Nothing is quite like being able to sit back relax and throw a few steaks on the grill. What is even better is when the grocery store has said steaks on sale. Shoprite recently had the choice of regular bone-in ribeye roasts or Australian grass-fed ribeye roasts (boneless) at $4.99/lb. With the price-plus of 1/customer it just made sense when I asked if I can get a bigger one and they said they had whole packages I just decided to get a whole boneless package and cut up into steaks.

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The potatoes I par-boiled and then tossed in a mixture of spices and homemade bbq sauce and then tossed on the grill. The corn was tossed on the grill basted with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

The steak itself was done with salt, pepper, and rosemary and then topped with some grilled onion.

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Enjoy.

 

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Keeping it Fairly Simple—Steak.

Sometimes the best tasting meals are the easiest ones to prep. Luckily, steak typically falls into this category. For this dinner, I started off with a couple of bone-in strip steaks. I did a quick baste with some truffle infused olive oil and then tossed the steaks in a mixture of salt, pepper, sweet paprika, and rosemary and then crushed on some fresh garlic cloves.

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With the weather being a tad cold still (had made these about a week ago) I decided the best thing to do was place some oil in a pan and broil them on low in the oven. While this was taking place, I proceeded to make a risotto which I added some cheddar too as well as some cauliflower which I had boiled to soften and then seared in some oil.

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Flank Steak with Brie and Asparagus

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Flank Steak with Brie and Asparagus

Flank steak is always nice as it provides a fairly quick and easy base for a wholesome meal. It is also nice in the fact that meal preparation is quite easy, and as in this instance, I was able to stuff it and then place it in the freezer for future usage- I like the capability of grocery shopping and being able to piece together meals and freeze them so I can wait 3-4 weeks to do more grocery shopping.
In this particular case, I had initially stuffed it with brie and Asparagus spears. I made a dry rub for the meat and placed it in a corningware dish.I then proceeded to dice up some garlic and red onion and tossed them into the dish. I then added in 1 1/2 cups of red wine and placed in the oven. While the meat was cooking I made some mashed potatoes and added in some garlic and truffle oil for flavor.
Enjoy.

Hanger Steak with a Shrimp Topping, Brussel Sprouts, and Potatoes au Gratin

Last night was kind of a mid-week celebration for Jenn’s birthday (just the two of us) as the upcoming weekend we are having a joint birthday celebration with her brother-in-law and last weekend was somewhat similar when we went down to Atlantic City (love restaurant week). So I figured somewhere in the middle I would do my own thing. Since you can never go wrong with steak, or shrimp- or why not just use a little of both, here is dinner:

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The steak I had initially marinated in some sugar, tequila, chile powder, and some worsteshire sauce. I seared it in the pan and used a little bit of honey-brown sugar bbq sauce to make a nice “sticky” coating. The shrimp I did in a oil-soy based combination along with some fresh chopped garlic and ginger.

For the first side, I cut the brussel sprouts in half, steamed them, and ran under cold water to stop the cooking process. I then took some oil, butter, rosemary, and sage, and tossed in the bruseel sprouts and gave them a nice saute until just starting to brown on the outer layer.

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For the second side, i busted out my Kobra V-slicer to make nice thin potato slices. I first poured in some oil and heavy cream into the bottom of th dish, then did a layer of potatoes followed by grating some Emmantal cheese, added some rosemary and did this for 4-5 layers (whenever I ran out of potatoes). For some color and added flavor on the top layer I added in some sharp cheddar and some panko breadcrumbs. I then proceeded to bake in the oven at 375 for about 40-45 minutes.

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Enjoy.