08 January 2005

tonight's dinner.....

pan-seared rib eyes with a creamy shallot-marsala sauce

1.5-2" thick rib eye steaks
3 large shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c marsala
2 T unsalted butter
2 T chopped parsley
3/4 c heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

sear steak on both sides over med-hi heat in a cast-iron or other oven safe fry pan. for medium rare, put in 500 degree oven for 2 mins. let rest 5-10 mins. for rare, just sear and let rest 5 mins. deglaze pan with the marsala. let reduce by half and add the butter. dump in shallots. cook till slightly soft and add garlic. add heavy cream and reduce by one half. salt and pepper to taste. remove from heat and add parsley. sppon sauce over steaks.

*smashed* cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, separated into florets.
4 slices thick bacon
2 large shallots, minced
1 c shredded sharp cheddar
3 T grated parmigiano-reggiano
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
chopped chives, for garnish
1 can lo-salt chicken broth

place cauliflower, chicken stock and enough water to almost cover in a 3-4 qt pan and bring to a boil. reduce heat and cook till fork tender. meanwhile, in another skillet, render the bacon and remove with slotted spoon to drain. add shallots to pork fat and cook till soft. add garlic and cook one more minute. add bacon back to skillet. mash cauliflower as for mashed potatoes, add cheeses, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. garnish with chives.

sauteed baby spinach with garlic

1-2 bags fresh baby spinach
5 cloves garlic, chopped, not fine
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

add olive oil to large skillet and saute garlic over medium heat till soft. turn off heat and add spinach, tossing with tongs till wilted. add salt and pepper.


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