recipe(s) of the week.

These are two that I have been meaning to post for awhile, they have been a repeat on our summer menu and have been a good use of all the veggies we have been enjoying from our weekly veggie delivery.

Blackened Steak Salad from Bon Appetit

For spice mixture
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
For salad
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 cups (packed) mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 5- to 6-ounce beef tenderloin steaks, each about 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 tomato, quartered

For spice mixture:
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

For salad:
Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard in large bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens, bell pepper and onion and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 plates.

Spread spice mixture on plate. Coat both sides of steaks with spice mixture. Dip both sides of steaks into melted butter. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add steaks and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board; let stand 2 minutes. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. Arrange slices atop salads. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with tomato and serve.

Some tweaks I made to this recipe: I used whatever steak I happen to have on hand. It all tastes good. Instead of using the balsamic dressing I opt for the everyday salad dressing from the Nourishing Gourmet because that is what I usually have on hand. For the men in your life who claim "salad isn't a meal" the steak tastes great as an entree without the greens.

To make DF, use oil to brown the steaks or grill and leave off the cheese.

Green Bean and Lemon Casserole from Nigella Lawson
  • 2 lbs slender green beans
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter (to make DF use Earth Balance Spread)
  • few drops olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • sea salt and fresh pepper

Bring a big pot of water to the boil, while you top and tail (trim) the beans. Once the water has come to the boil, salt it and cook the beans until they have lost their rawness (about 6 minutes after the water comes back to the boil), but retain a bit of crunch.

Strain them, and put the pot back on the stove over a low heat with the butter and olive oil. While the butter melts, chop up the lemon. Put it on a chopping board, cut a slice off each end, just enough to remove skin and pith, and then cut downwards, turning the lemon as you go, to peel the fruit fully. Don't worry if in order to remove all the pith you cut into the fruit a bit: just take the pieces of fruity peel over to the pan and squeeze in any juice you can. Then cut the lemon up on the board: I just slice and let each slice tumble into bits on its own. Add the lemon pieces and all the juice that collects to the melted butter and stir well with a wooden spoon, adding the drained beans.

Swirl the pan vigorously and turn the beans in the lemony butter. Add salt to taste and lots of freshly ground pepper. I love white pepper (out of deference to my mother's taste and practice) or the much-abominated 1980s restaurant-style mixed pepper, but neither is crucial.

Remove to a warmed casserole making sure you don't leave any lemony, buttery juices behind.

Simple, easy, delicious.

1 comment:

Rocio said...

Thanks for posting these recipes, Janet! I tried the Blackened Steak for dinner last night and it was a hit with the hubby! I accompanied it with roasted red potatoes instead of putting it on a salad, but I'll definitely try the salad idea soon!

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