And there it is, the 30 minute steak dinner: Pan Roasted Filet Mignon with Sautéed Mushrooms, Marinated Baby Artichokes (I cooked and marinated those on Sunday), Crisped Fingerling Potatoes, and Roasted Asparagus.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Take That Rachel Ray!
Tonight's dinner was simply a tribute to good shopping. We raced in the house after an afternoon of "cash for clunkers" negotiations at a local car dealer (they've worked on Ford commercials -- give them the "partner" price . . . what price would get to to close the deal right now . . . buy American, it means so much -- yada yada yada). Straight in the door I stared heating a cast iron pan and turned the oven to 450º. James put the "girls" up and I fed the dogs and our wonder cat, Scout. By then the pan was piping hot and I poured in a little olive oil and in went the seasoned steaks. I seared them for about 2 minutes on all sides (edges too), while the first side seared I trimmed the asparagus and tossed it with olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet and popped it into the heating oven. Next, potatoes went into the microwave (shudder I do sometimes use the microwave, melting chocolate, baking potatoes . . . ) to cook through. Back to the steaks -- I added a pat of butter to the pan and a couple handfuls of chopped mushrooms. A dash of chicken broth as steaks were turned to their last side and the iron pan -- steaks mushrooms and all -- went into the oven with the asparagus to cook through -- for us it was about 10 minutes. After 5 minutes I placed the sliced potatoes -- cut side down -- next to the steak and finished it off in the oven.