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Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

10 Nov

A very wonderful and bright dish. The chimichurri sauce carries tangy vibrant flavors that make the lean and tender skirt steak melt in your mouth. The fingerling potatoes are roasted very simply with cracked pepper and sea salt and lime zest then coated with fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil while they are hot; they are really great to balance out the spice of the red pepper in the chimichurri. This is a really wonderful meal to enjoy outside next to the barbeque with a nice cool beer 🙂

Heres what ya need:

1 – 1 1/2 lbs skirt steak

fingerling potatoes

parsley

1 red onion, medium dice

lemon

2 clove garlic, minced

red wine vinegar

olive oil

s and p

red pepper flake

Heres what you do:

1. Make the Chimichurri sauce in a big batch, enough to marinate the steak and enough to have at least a cup or so to sauce right before serving. In a mixing bowl combine red onion, chopped parsley, garlic, and red pepper flake. Pour over 1 cup red wine vinegar and 3/4 cup olive oil and mix well. Marinate steak anywhere from a couple hours to overnight.

2. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

3. Wash potatoes and dry well. Toss with olive oil seal salt and crack pepper and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, under fork tender.

4. Fire up grill or cast iron pan and get it smoking hot. Grill marinated steak 3 minutes per side with the lid closed to get a nice hot pink center. Skirt steak is best served medium rare. Cooking it too long causes it to get tough and not fun to eat. Let the steak rest, do not cut into it, it can rest for 5-30 minutes before slicing. Be sure to slice against the grain to get a nice clean and tender cut.

5. Pull the potatoes from the oven and hit them with some salt and a squeeze of half a lemon. Hit em with a touch of olive oil and some chopped parsley and they are good to go!

Cheers!

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Poutine with Smoked Gouda and Homemade Gravy

9 Nov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Roulade with Prosciutto, Fire Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach and Parmesan Poached in Homestyle Tomato Sauce

8 Nov

This is a very bright and flavorful dish. It is exploding with fresh flavors and strikes every note in the flavor scale! It is sweet, salty, savory, rich and vibrant. Aside from being packed with crisp vegetables and bursting with fresh herbs this dish is extremely healthy! Poaching the chicken in tomato sauce allows the chicken to cook thoroughly while keeping it juicy and moist. The fat from the prosciutto melts and combines with the aroma from the roasted peppers and parmesan to gently coat the inside of the chicken with the perfect marriage of mouthwatering flavor.

Heres what ya need:

5 chicken breasts

5 slices prosciutto

1 1/2 cups roasted red pepper, chopped

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

garlic, minced

3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan

Homestyle Tomato Sauce

1 white onion, diced

3-4 large tomotoes

italian parsely

3 cloves garlic, minced

bay leaf

oregano

olive oil

s+p

Heres what you do:

1. Prepare my Homestyle Tomato Sauce.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

3. Pound chicken breast out flat by placing them on your cutting board between pieces of plastic wrap and pounding with a flat meat tenderizer. Season with s and p.

4. Place slice of prosciutto, garlic, spinach, roasted peppers, and parmesan (in that order) on each of the chicken breasts.

5. Roll them up tightly being sure to keep stuffing inside. Hold together with two toothpicks or a piece of butchers twine. Place in baking dish.

6. Cover roulades with tomato sauce and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until it reaches internal temp of 165 degrees F.

7. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly chopped parsley and serve with fresh baked bread or over pasta.

Bon Appetit!

Braised Short Rib with Mashed Potato and Parsnip and Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts

7 Nov

This is an amazing dish! Juicy, delicious, moist flavorful beef short ribs that fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. Served on top of vibrant  aromatic mashed yukon gold potatoes and parsnip that pairs perfectly with the flavor from the braised short rib. Balsamic glazed brussel sprouts make for a bold healthy side while adding beautiful color to the dish as well.

Heres what you need:

Beef short ribs (1 per person)

2-3 yukon gold potatoes

1 large parsnip root

1 lb. brussel sprouts

2 carrots, 1/4″ slice

2 stalks celery, 1/4″ slice

1 white onion, 1/4″ dice

garlic, minced

1.5 – 2 bottles merlot

balsamic vinegar

1 can beef stock

thyme

butter

olive oil

s and p

Heres what ya do:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Dredge short ribs in flour and sear until brown on all sides in large oiled cast iron pot. Remove from pot and set aside.

2. Add onion, carrot and celery to pot and sweat in butter and olive oil over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Be sure to scrape up all the brown bits left over from short ribs. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes.

3. Add short ribs back into pot and cover with merlot (or other red wine) and beef stock. Bring to boil. Cover pot and put it in the oven to braise for 3- 3 1/2 hours.

4. Peel parsnip root and potatoes. Cut into quarters and boil in salted water until fork tender, 25-30 minutes. Drain the water and heat over medium to evaporate any excess water. Remove from heat and add 2 tbls butter, salt and pepper and mash until smooth.

5.Remove short ribs from pot and take 3 cups of the cooking liquid to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid has reduced by half. Remove from heat and add 1 tbls butter.

6. Peel outer layers from brussel sprouts, cut a centimeter off the bottom and score with an “X”. Blanch in boiling water, 5 minutes. Add brussel sprouts to skillet over high heat, hit the pan with a 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar and saute until balsamic has reduced and glazed the brussel sprouts.

7. Plate mash and top with short rib in a bowl plate. Ladle cooking liquid reduction over and garnish with brussel sprouts, cracked black pepper and pinch sea salt.

Bon Appetit!

Herb Crusted Chicken over Lentils with Red Wine Cream Sauce

17 Oct

A flavorful herby organic chicken breast over some beautiful lentils with onions and celery. The whole dish is tied together with a delicious robust Red Wine Cream Sauce made with some leftover cooking liquid, red wine, parsley and cream.

Homestyle Tomato Sauce

15 Oct

Simple, fresh, and delicious. This will be the best tomato sauce you ever had. What makes this sauce so great is the process and development of the sauce that you get to experience. To watch beautifully fresh ingredients break down into an explosive tomato sauce is an incredible culinary adventure.

Heres what ya need:

1 white onion, diced

3-4 large tomotoes

italian parsely

3 cloves garlic, minced

bay leaf

oregano

olive oil

s+p

Heres what you do:

1. Boil pot of salted water. Blanch tomatoes for 5 minutes until skin breaks. Remove and place aside.

2. Dice onion and sweat in pot over medium high with olive oil and s+p. After 5 minutes when they begin to soften and get translucent add the minced garlic. Simmer another 5 minutes.

3. Peel skin of tomatoes and add to the onion mixture. Crush the tomatoes with a potato masher and well broken up. Add a dice of olive and give a good store being sure to break up the tomato and incorporate the olive oil. Add the bay leaf and s+p to taste.

4. All this to simmer for at least 45 minutes – an hour

Cheers!