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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Steakhouse Dinner for Two @ Home

Our local grocery store has one of best meat counters in the area.    Last week New York Strip Steaks were on sale.  That's the best part, they always have a sale on something in the meat dept.  

Tonight's dinner for two is not at all what you think.   Hubby is working night shift so I prepared a nice steakhouse dinner for me and the visiting grand-puppers Hunter.   Boy was he excited.   

Why not go all out for your furry family members.   Tonight Hunter was treated to a whopping $1.97 Beef Bone, Marrow included.    He tired himself right out trying to conquer the entire bone.  I had to take it away for another day.   

Not at all difficult to make, I lined a cookie sheet with aluminum foil placed the beef bone on the foil.  Sprinkled the bone with some salt and very little pepper.  Drizzled it with both a little liquid smoke flavor and some olive oil.  Baked it off in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.    Removed from the oven and let it cool entirely.   I did remove the marrow, stood it on end and let it drip out, as I did not want to clean that mess from my entire house.  Once cooled I delivered as is to a well deserving puppy who was waiting patiently to see what that smell from the oven was coming from.

On the other hand my dinner was a nice New York Strip Steak, cooked to perfection in a cast iron grill pan. topped with creamy blue cheese.   Along with a perfectly baked potato, made in my new Microwave Tater Bag hand made by a local crafter, topped with smoked new York sharp cheddar cheese, butter and broccoli and a side of ripened cherry tomatoes drizzled with aged balsamic glaze.
I only ate less than half.   Going to be tomorrows lunch too! 

Lets start with the steak.   Buy them when they are on sale and buy extra for the freezer.   It is important to let the steak come to room temperature.   They cook so much better.   It is also important to pat them dry with a paper towel before you season them.     I keep it simple, a generous amount of both salt and pepper and drizzle with good olive oil.  Placed in hot cast iron grill pan that gets turned down to medium as soon as the steak goes in.   If you want grill marks place it in the 2:00 direction.    Let it cook for a good 5-6 minutes.  You will know when to turn it over.   Again place in the direction of 2:00.    Let this cook for 5-6 minutes.   Turn it over again this time pointing to the 11:00 direction and let this cook for 2-3 minutes.  Last turn, again to the 11:00 position and another 2-3 minutes.   Remove from pan and let rest under foil.  

Tomatoes were simply cut in quarters, sprinkled with salt and pepper and drizzled with balsamic glaze.   This stuff is my go to flavor enhancer for a lot of different vegetables, well worth the price and has great flavor.

The perfectly baked potato only took the time to place it the handy dandy tater bag and  the time it took to push the microwave potato button.   I received one of these as a gift a few years back and loved it.  So when one of my girlfriends took up sewing I asked her if she could make a new one.  


 You can also use it to make sweet corn in the summer and to warm tortillas and breads.   Love it! 
Really, all you do is place your cleaned and dried potato in the pouch and press the button.  Your potato comes out perfectly cooked.   Ready to top with your favorite toppings.  In this case I topped it with a pat of butter, some steamed broccoli and some shredded smoked New York sharp cheddar cheese and then drizzled it with some creamy blue cheese.   

If you would like to get a tater bag let me know and I will hook you up.   She would happy if you stopped by if you live locally or to even drop one in the mail if you pay the shipping.

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