Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Funny Little Valentine

Yesterday I asked my boyfriend, Stephen, what his favorite meal was. This was a laborious conversation that ended up the same as it started. I still don't know what his favorite meal is, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with steak and potatoes. And a good choice it was, Stephen was still talking about the food 20 minutes after he finished eating.

Black Pepper Steak with Creamy Bourbon Sauce
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Rib eye steak
Grill seasoning
Black pepper
1 t. oil
1 t. flour
1/2 c. Bourbon
1 c. beef broth
2 T. half and half

Season steak with grill seasoning and black pepper, to taste. In skillet, sear steak for 5 minutes per side. Remove steak and let rest for 10 minutes. To skillet, add oil and flour. Mix together and let cook for 2 minutes. Add Bourbon, mix well and let reduce down until Bourbon is almost gone. Stir in beef broth, let simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in half and half, season with black pepper.

Fingerling Potatoes
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2 lbs. fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 T. fresh thyme
2 T. fresh rosemary
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
2 t. red wine vinegar

Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Roast in 400 degree oven for 50 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and browned on top. Finely chop thyme, rosemary and parsley. Mix together with garlic, red wine vinegar, salt pepper and oil. Drizzle herb mixture over potatoes.

Jalapeno and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
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4 jumbo raw shrimp
Salt and pepper
2 jalapeno peppers
4 strips bacon, par cooked

Roast jalapenos in 500 degree oven until skin is blackened on all sides. Put peppers in bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 15 minutes and wipe skin. Cut off the top of the peppers, cut them in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Wrap each shrimp with half a jalapeno and a slice of bacon. Secure with toothpick. Roast in 400 degree oven for 7-8 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.

1 comment:

  1. Looks and sounds delicious :) Happy Valentine's Day, love! I'm thankful for you.