Belated Valentine’s Day Dinner

Steak with Mushrooms Madeira, oven roasted potatoes, green beans and apple-cranberry-walnut salad.  I had planned to make this on Valentine’s Day, but we pigged out on dim sum and weren’t hungry for dinner.  So we decided rather to wait a day or two.

Dessert: chocolate dipped strawberries.  I cheated and used dolci-frutti microwaveable chocolate shell to dip the berries.

Potatoes

 

  • ½ pound red potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tsp seasoning (lemon pepper, Montreal steak)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Combine ingredients and spread potatoes out in a baking dish in a single layer.  Roast in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Apple-cranberry-walnut salad

 

  • 4 oz mixed salad greens rinsed and spun dry
  • ½ apple, cored and diced
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 oz provolone cheese diced
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp walnut pieces

Toss apple with lemon or lime juice to keep it from browning.  Just before serving, top salad greens with apple, cranberries and cheese.  Mix vinegar and olive oil and toss with the salad.   Sprinkle walnuts on top

Mushrooms Madeira

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ pound fresh button mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced peeled shallots
  • 1 tsp beef based dissolved in ½ cup warm  water
  • ½ cup Madeira

Melt butter over medium high heat in a large skillet (using a large skillet lets you spread the mushrooms in a single layer to aid browning.  Add mushrooms and stir occasionally until starting to brown.  Add shallots and stir for about 2 more minutes.  Add beef broth and boil down.  Add Madeira and boil down until a syrupy sauce develops.  Turn off heat and set aside.

Steaks

  • 2 thin-cut rib-eye sticks, extraneous fat trimmed off and discarded
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder

Adjust oven shelf to closest position underneath the boiler.  Lightly season both sides of steaks with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Broil 3 minutes per side for medium.

Green beans

Put about 3 inches water in a pot fitted with a steamer basket.  Bring to boil.  Add 4 oz defrosted frozen green beans.  Steam for 2 minutes.  Season with butter.

Serve steaks, topped with mushrooms accompanied by potatoes and green beans. Serve salad separately.  Serves 2

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