Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday was date night for H. and me. I had a busy day with volunteer commitments and I really wanted something fun for dinner. H. had a free day so had the time to make this Manny-esque dinner. (Manny's Steakhouse is known for oversized everything.)
Found in the fridge/cabinet:
- leftover FANTASTIC blue cheese
- bottle of cabernet sauvignon with my name on it
At the grocery store:
- bone-in dry-aged ribeye steak
- perfectly ripe avocados and tomatoes
Figuring out what to make for dinner is often a search through the tidbits in the fridge that need to be consumed soon - and what might be on sale at the grocery store downstairs. Saturday, the meat counter had a very special thing on hand: bone-in dry-aged rib-eye that was hand cut and at least 3 inches thick. It was a must for dinner.
Steak prep: H. used crushed peppercorns (whole peppercorns smashed with a pan on the counter) and sea salt to push into all sides of the meat.
Baked Sweet Potatoes: rubbed with a little olive oil and baked for about an hour. Topped with whipped butter and brown sugar.
Tomato and Onion Salad: thick slices of tomato and onion drizzled with a balsamic vinegrette whipped up with a little mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper. Topped with crumbled blue cheese, avacado slices, and sea salt.
I loved the colors of this dinner! This felt SO indulgent - especially since it was made for me!