Sliced Steak Aglio e Olio – aka Garlic and Oil

Sliced Steak aglio e olio!? Sounds crazy don’t it? Team it up with some pasta aglio e olio and you have a very quick and easy weeknight meal that is also real good. Like, fancy restaurant good. Did I mention that it’s easy?

Per Wikipedia …”Spaghetti aglio e olio  “spaghetti with garlic and oil” is a traditional Italian pasta dish coming from Naples. The dish is made by lightly sauteeing minced or pressed garlic in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of dried red chili flakes, and tossing with spaghetti. Finely chopped parsley can also be added as a garnish, along with grated parmesan or pecorino cheese, although according to some traditional recipes, cheese should not be added.”

Put a pot of water on for the pasta and add some salt. Add a little more than your gut says because the pasta really needs the salt to get tasty. Add the pasta. Our pasta du jour was linguine but any type would work. Watch it and as soon as the pasta becomes a little pliable swirl it and get it all down into the water.

I did the steak and eggplant slices on a stovetop grill but a skillet would work just as good.

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We had a big New York Strip steak in the freezer but a London broil works just as nice for this weeknight supper.

Put skillet on at low heat with the good extra virgin olive oil and the garlic – slices or chopped – on at low heat. Add a little salt and some red pepper flakes (optional).

When the garlic has started to become translucent – not brown!- the pasta should be done . Using tongs lift the pasta out of it’s water and put it in the skillet with the garlic and oil (aglio e olio). Don’t worry about getting some of the pasta water in the skillet. In fact the water will blend with the olive oil and creat a nice sauce for the pasta.

An instant read meat thermometer is the most accurate way to tell if the steak is done the way that YOU want it. When the steak is ready the eggplant will be too.

NOW! Slice the steak, put the eggplant on the serving plates with the steak slices and add the pasta.

Spoon the aglio e olio over everything and dig in to your Sliced Steak Aglio e Olio.

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Chianti of course!!

And some of Poppop’s Eeeeeasy homemade bread to mop up that aglio e olio!

 

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  1. Put a pot of water on for the pasta and add some salt. Add a little more than your gut says because the pasta really needs the salt to get tasty. Add the pasta. Our pasta du jour was linguine but any type would work. Watch it and as soon as the pasta becomes a little pliable swirl it and get it all down into the water.
  2. Put skillet on at low heat with the good extra virgin olive oil and the garlic - slices or chopped - on at low heat. Add a little salt and some red pepper flakes (optional). When the garlic has started to become translucent - not brown!- the pasta should be done . Using tongs lift the pasta out of it's water and put it in the skillet with the garlic and oil (aglio e olio). Don't worry about getting some of the pasta water in the skillet. In fact the water will blend with the olive oil and creat a nice sauce for the pasta.
  3. An instant read meat thermometer is the most accurate way to tell if the steak is done the way that YOU want it. When the steak is ready the eggplant will be too.
  4. NOW! Slice the steak, put the eggplant on the serving plates with the steak slices and add the pasta. Spoon the aglio e olio over everything and dig in!
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Spicy Easy Chicken Breast Recipe

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This Spicy Easy Chicken Breast Recipe is a real good one for a busy weeknight. You could include some  potato slices when you put the carrots in the skillet and have the whole meal in one pan.

I wanted some pasta tonight so that’s why you will see some fettuccine in the pics. But, you could do it with any veggie combo that you want. The jalapeño peppers are what make this chicken breast recipe stand out on it’s own. So, after the peppers it’s up to you.

Let’s get it going. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Salt and pepper the up side of the chicken breasts. Lay the breasts in the skillet with the salt and pepper side down and jazz up the new “up” side.

Cook each side about 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When the juices run clear and/or they are firm to a poke. I just check ’em with an instant read meat thermometer and when the thickest part is 165°F they are done. Remove them to a dish that will catch the drippings.

Add the chopped jalapeño peppers and whatever other veggies are tonight’s pick.  I went with some baby carrots and some thick zucchini slices. Salt and Pepper them. 

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You might like to add a pad of butter and squeeze in some lemon juice. B ut that’s up to you.Toss the veggies a few times as they cook. When they are done like you like them push them off the side of the pan and put in the breasts, the drippings and the chicken broth (or white wine).

Turn the breasts a couple of times as they warm back up and the liquid reduces.

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Then when the breasts are warm serve up and enjoy your Easy Chicken Breast recipe. Spoon some of the liquid left in the skillet on top of the breasts and grate a little parmesan on too. You deserve it!

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Gammy picked a nice California Chardonnay tonight and it complimented the spicy easy chicken breast recipe real well.

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  2. Add the chopped jalapeño peppers and whatever other veggies are tonight's pick. I went with some baby carrots and some thick zucchini slices. Salt and Pepper. You might like to add a pad of butter and squeeze in some lemon juice. Toss the veggies a few times as they cook. When they are done like you like them push them off the side of the pan and put in the breasts, the drippings and the chicken broth (or white wine).
  3. Turn the breasts a couple of times as they warm back up and the liquid reduces. Then when the breasts are warm serve up and enjoy your Easy Chicken Breast recipe. Spoon some of the liquid left in the skillet on top of the breasts and grate a little parmesan on too. You deserve it!
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THE BEST EFFIN SPANISH RICE RECIPE EVAH!!!

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Sorry,,but I got real excited about how good this Spanish Rice Recipe is.

It’s a ways off of the usual Spanish Rice Recipe beaten path but WOW!!  It is good.

And, the whole meal, meat, rice and veggies are all done in one skillet in thirty minutes, or less.

IT WAS DELISH!! Ya gotta do it!

Put the water on for the rice or get some of your supply of cooked rice that you keep in the freezer. I used some instant rice this time and as soon as the water started to boil I put the rice in and turned the heat off.

Put the skillet on at medium high and add a little olive oil. Clip an end off the chorizo links and squeeze the chorizo into the pan. Break it up and let it start cooking.

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Chop up the onion, poblano peppers and the jalapeños.

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Add them to the pan. Add the salt, pepper and cumin. Stir it all together a few times as it cooks.

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When the onion has started to get translucent add the chicken broth and the salsa.

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Stir it up and add the rice.

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Mix it all together a few times as everything warms up.

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Then when it is all steaming hot, serve and enjoy your Spanish rice.

We sure did! After all, it is the BEST EFFIN SPANISH RICE RECIPE EVAH!!

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We had some Dos Equis with ours.

“We don’t always drink beer but when we do”,,,,sorry I just had to.

 

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  2. Put the skillet on at medium high and add a little olive oil. Clip an end off the chorizo links and squeeze the chorizo into the pan. Break it up and let it start cooking.
  3. Chop up the onion, poblano peppers and the jalapeños. Add them to the pan. Add the salt, pepper and cumin. Stir it all together a few times as it cooks.
  4. When the onion has started to get translucent add the chicken broth and the salsa. Stir it up and add the rice. Mix it all together a few times as everything warms up.
  5. Then when it is all steaming hot, serve and enjoy your Spanish rice.
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Honey Garlic Shrimp – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free

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This Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe is real good and real simple to make. For a busy weeknight, it is perfect.

Our veggies tonight were potatoes, asparagus and onions with some rosemary all sautéed together in a large skillet.

For the shrimp, first whisk together the honey, garlic and balsamic vinegar.  Pour half of that over the shrimp in a separate bowl. Keep the rest of the honey mixture aside to be used later on, just before serving.

Stir the shrimp in the marinade and then let it rest while you get the veggies going.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

Cut the asparagus stalks into 4 pieces, the onions into wide strips, the potatoes into  about 1/8″ slices and strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs. You could use dried rosemary if necessary.

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Put the veggies in the skillet. Salt and pepper then toss a couple of times to get everything coated.

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Toss a few times as it cooks and when the potatoes start to brown put a smaller skillet on at medium high with a swirl of olive oil and the butter.

Let it heat up and lay the shrimp out in the skillet and when they have gotten pink on the pan side – about 1 minute – turn them over and pour the rest of the marinade all over them.

Cook until they are pink on both sides  and opaque in the middle – about another 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Put the veggies and the shrimp on the plates and pour the juices from the shrimp skillet all over everything.

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The marinade from the skillet also goes along great with rice with broccoli which  is an alternate to these veggies as is our risotto with peas recipe.

We had a real nice California Chardonnay with our honey garlic shrimp.

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  1. For the shrimp first whisk together the honey, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Pour half of that over the shrimp in a separate bowl. Keep the rest of the honey mixture aside to be used later on, just before serving. Stir the shrimp in the marinade and then let it rest while you get the veggies going.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Cut the asparagus stalks into 4 pieces, the onions into wide strips, the potatoes into about 1/8" slices and strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs. You could use dried rosemary if necessary.
  3. Put the veggies in the skillet. Salt and pepper then toss a couple of times to get everything coated. Toss a few times as it cooks and when the potatoes start to brown put a smaller skillet on at medium high with a swirl of olive oil and the butter. Let it heat up and lay the shrimp out in the skillet and when they have gotten pink on the pan side - about 1 minute - turn them over and pour the rest of the marinade all over them. Cook until they are pink on both sides and opaque in the middle - about another 1 and 1/2 minutes.
  4. Put the veggies and the shrimp on the plates and pour the juices from the shrimp skillet all over everything. The marinade from the skillet also goes along great with rice and broccoli which is an alternate to these veggies as is our risotto with peas recipe.
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