Good Eats

Good Eats – Saturday dinner for three

This recipe is not going to be something that you can whip up in 30 minutes. I wouldn’t recommend doing this when you are in a hurry, I would do this on a Saturday or Sunday when I am not in a hurry to do anything. We made a Saturday night dinner my brother was in town for a visit a couple of months ago. He is living in the west coast whilw we are in the east, I haven’t seen him in four years. We got to spent some real quality time together.

The main part of the dish is the salmon and the steak, you can add any side dishes you would like to go with that. I paired this dinner with some green beans, mushroom, mashed potatoes and garlic bread.

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In someways my boyfriend and my brother are alike, they both love their steaks.
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As for me, I was never a big meat-eater. I prefer a nice piece of salmon any day.

Ingredient:

Steak marinade

  • 2 pieces of strip steak
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

Salmon marinade

  • 1 piece of wild caught salmon steak
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice or lemon juice ( I used whatever I had left from the steak marinade)
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Mashed potatoes

  • 1 pound of Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sautéed mushroom and green beans

  • 2 cups of trimmed green beans
  • 2 cups of sliced portobello mushroom 
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 3 tbsp of chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garlic bread

  • 3 slices of baguette
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Kraft’s Colby and Monterey Jack finely shredded cheese

Instructions:

Steak and Salmon steak

  1. Add all the ingredients for the steak marinade into a ziplock bag along with the steak. I prefer to marinate my steak overnight, if you don’t have the time, you could just marinate it for a couple of hours. Do the same for the salmon steak.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet (I used a regular non stick pan since I do not own a cast iron skillet) over medium high heat. Add in a tablespoon of butter and a stalk of rosemary to the skillet.
  3. Pat dry the steak with paper towel before placing it in the skillet. Cook each side of the steak on the skillet until a dark brown crust starting to form on each side of the steak, usually takes about 5 minutes or so.
  4. Lower the heat to medium low heat in case your steak is browning too fast. Cook the steak on medium low heat to make sure the center of the steak is fully cooked, that should take about 7 minutes. Depending on how rare you like your steak, you can adjust your cook time, our family likes it more medium.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and cover the skillet with aluminium foil, for the steak to rest  for 10 minutes while you move on to make the rest of the dish.
  6. As for the salmon steak, it takes much shorter time to cook the fish. The salmon should only take about 3 minutes for each side, on medium heat.

Mashed potatoes

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into smaller chunks, cover with cold water and add a tablespoon of salt into the pot. Bring it to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft enough to be mashed. Drain potatoes and set them in a bigger bowl, use a potato masher or in our case a large spoon.
  2. Mashed the potatoes until it has a smooth texture. Slowly stir in the pre-warm milk and butter into the potatoes.
  3. Add in salt and pepper to taste.

Sautéed mushroom and green beans

  1. Heat oil with a large pan over medium high heat, add in mushroom and butter, sauté them for about 3 minutes, add in the chicken stock and the beans. Cover and reduced heat to medium low, cook the beans until they are crisp and tender. Add in salt and pepper to taste.

Garlic bread

  1. Spread butter evenly over the baguette, sprinkle garlic powder and dried oregano on the baguette.
  2. Top it with the shredded cheese and bake it in a toaster oven for about 10 minutes at 350°C.

This is probably one of the more complicated recipes that will appear on this blog. It took a while for me to put them into words, but the dinner is actually not bad. If you prepare all the ingredients needed for this dinner, you should get this dinner in about an hour and a half. I hope you enjoy the recipe, it might not be steak dinner at a fancy restaurant, but we had fun making it.

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