Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Night Dinner

Tonight I'm on my own for dinner. My friend that I'm staying with is out of town so it's just the kitties and me for dinner. I got a great NY strip steak from TJ's and figured I'd make a salad with some yummy and juicy red meat on top. As a side dish I did a green bean saute with garlic, slivered almonds and raisins. As my last night here in DC I enjoyed the meal with a nice Cabernet.


1 NY Strip Steak
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
3-4 tbsp. soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
zest of 1/2 an orange
3 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. peanut oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes or 1/2 jalapeno diced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/4 cup scallions

Place all ingredients in a zip top bag and marinate for 1 - 4 hours.

2 cups spinach
1 orange segmented
1/4 cup candied walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 sliced shallot

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper
1/2 tsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Assemble salad, combine all ingredients to make the dressing and set aside (don't dress the salad until the very last minute).

Preheat oven to 350 F. Let steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Sear steak on high heat with 1 tbsp canola oil on both sides for 3 minutes each. Then place steak in oven for 5-10 minutes depending on how you like the doneness of your steak. Take out of oven and place on cutting board to rest for at least 8 minutes. Slice at an angle against the grain and place on top of the salad.

1 package of green beans
1/2 cup raisins
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
2 slices of bacon
Salt and Pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add green beans for 1 minute exactly. When beans are in for 30 seconds, add raisins. Drain and place in an ice bath. Slice bacon into thin strips and place in cold pan, turn on heat and cook bacon. When crispy take out bacon with a slotted spoon. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so. Add green beans and raisins and saute for a few minutes, add the toasted almonds, bacon and salt and pepper to taste, saute for one more minute and serve.


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