Sunday, March 14, 2010

Steak and Dessert

Today was a belated Valentine's Day present for my nephew and niece, Luke and Siena. A family friend, Jackie, gave the kids coupons. Luke got one for steak and Siena got one for dessert. Siena had a great time making the marshmallow pops. Luke went camping this weekend and was really excited to have some steak after 'roughing it' for the weekend.

Steak Canapes
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2 lbs. sirloin steak
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c. barbecue sauce
1/2 c. apricot preserves
Italian bread, thinly sliced
Goat cheese
Fresh parsley

In large skillet, caramelized onion over low heat, stirring frequently. This may take 30-45 minutes. Season steak with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sear steak over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side. Mix barbecue sauce with apricot preserves and heat through. Lightly toast Italian bread. Top bread with onions, steak, apricot barbecue sauce, goat cheese and parsley.

Marshmallow Pops
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Pretzel sticks
Chocolate almond bark, chopped
Shredded coconut
peanuts, finely chopped
Dried apricots, finely chopped

Stick the pretzel sticks through the marshmallows. Melt almond bark in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time. When almond bark is almost all melted, stir until smooth. Dip marshmallows in chocolate and then coconut, peanuts or apricots. Let almond bark set on parchment paper.

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