Friday, March 26, 2010
What I Was Up To Wednesday And Thursday For Food
Wednesday, my son came over to assist me in cutting up a New York strip loin into steaks. I sliced, and did the major trim on the steaks, while he took usable scraps and trimmed them into small pieces of fat free bits of meat. We packaged 14 steaks from a 10+ pound loin, and I gave him four for his help!
The meat scraps went into a brown mushroom sauce, made from fresh sliced mushrooms sauteed in butter and chopped onions until reduced, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, brown gravy mix, sour cream, chopped garlic, and black pepper- simmered until reduced to proper thickness.. Poured over brown rice(which matches perfectly with the earthy mushroom flavor!) and topped with dried dill weed, it made a nice little supper!
Thursday, a craving for cheese drove me to make Alfredo, using Penne for the pasta. Penne is a perfect pasta for taking a sauce, as the small ribs and hollow shape allow optimum coverage! The sauce was admittedly out of a jar- sort of.. I grated real Italian Parmesan and Romano, and stirred into sauce, along with dried Basil, Oregano and a bit of champagne vinegar. I baked it until firm, and it had a wonderful flavor. Champagne vinegar is a "must have" in your pantry..mild, with white grape flavor- it is super with chicken ,fish, or white cheese based sauces.
Have good week-ends, my friends!