Monday, March 9, 2009

Date Night: Steak

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!


Tangled Noodle said...

This is one of those meals where you savor each bite and linger on each sip for as long as you like! There's no scarfing down something that looks this delicious. Dry-aging steaks, in my opinion, is the best for its deep flavors; when Lunds/Byerlys' run their sales, it's a NY Strip for dinner that night (no freezing these babies for a later day).

Donna-FFW said...

This is an awesome meal. It looks so delicious! Just stumbled upon your blog. I am enjoying it! Nice to meet you.