Date Night Filet Mignon can lead to happy endings

Date Night Filet Mignon-8-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

Date Night Filet Mignon

A long long time ago when Gammy and were out on our first date I wanted to impress her so I took her to the fanciest, snootiest restaurant that I could find.

Even though she had grown up on a farm she had never heard of “Filet Mignon”. I wanted to impress her with my sophistication and worldly knowledge – yeah  right – so I convinced her to try Filet Mignon. I just told her that it was a “high class” kind of steak that I liked. 

She said, “Ok, I’ll try something new. I’m  here with you aren’t I?”

When the waiter took her order and asked how she would like it she said, “I’d like it rare, please.”

We joked through a few double entendres about “rare” and how she would like it as we enjoyed our wine.

In my efforts to impress her I had ordered a good Italian pinot noir.

“Wow, this is good! I’ve never had wine before. Just beer and sometimes a little bourbon.”

Since that first date we have always shared a bottle of wine with our dinners.

When our filet mignons were served she said, “Oh, it’s beef tenderloin steak”. 

So much for my efforts at making an impression.

Still to this day, almost 40 years later, on our “date nights” we just about always have Filet Mignon accompanied by a good Italian red wine.

I’ve done our Filet Mignon a lot of different ways. From just pan seared with salt and pepper to pizzaiola and everything in between. 

This way has become our favorite. 

What makes this way so good is the butter mixture that you will use to cook the steaks in and also top them with as you serve them.

Take your steaks out of the fridge and let them get closer to room temperature while you put together your butter mixture.

And for that butter mixture cut a half stick of butter into pads and put the pads on your cutting board. 

Mince the garlic, zest the lemon and chop the parsley.

Put the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, dried basil, cayenne pepper and grated parmesan on top of the butter and……

Date Night Filet Mignon-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

……using a table knife or a small spatula smash it and mix it all together. Then form it into a kinda mini loaf of bread shape.

I learned this recipe a long time ago working at a fancy restaurant while still in high school. The chef would have me mix up the butter mixture and put it in ice cube trays and freeze them. So then they would be waiting for us during the busy dinner hours.

Date Night Filet Mignon-2-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in just about a tablespoon of olive oil and plunk in about a third of the butter mixture. 

Date Night Filet Mignon-3-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

While the skillet is getting hot generously salt and pepper both sides of the filets.

When the oil and butter have stopped acting up and leveled out put in the steaks. The butter and oil will foam up again but that’s ok.

Date Night Filet Mignon-5-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

Cook the steaks about 3 minutes a side then test them. When the steaks are just starting to get firm or they read 130° on an instant read meat thermometer they are rare. When they are definitely firm to a poke and read 165° they are well done. The in-betweens will give you medium rare, medium and medium well. I’m sure that your meat thermometer has the temperatures for all of the different meats listed on it.

Serve up your Filet Mignon steaks and top them with pads of the butter mixture and the liquid from the skillet.

 

Date Night Filet Mignon-8-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe

Some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread to dip in those juices is just about a must and for old times sake we had a real good bottle of Italian Pinot Noir with our Date Night Filet Mignon.

 

 

 

Print Recipe
Date Night Filet Mignon BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Beef tenderloin steaks seared in and topped with butter laced with some herbs and spices.
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Instructions
  1. Take your steaks out of the fridge and let them get closer to room temperature while you put together your butter mixture. And for that butter mixture cut a half stick of butter into pads and put the pads on your cutting board. Mince the garlic, zest the lemon and chop the parsley. Put the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, dried basil, grated parmesan and cayenne pepper on top of the butter and using a table knife or a small spatula mix it all together and form it into a kinda mini loaf of bread shape.
  2. Put skillet on at medium high and swirl in just about a tablespoon of olive oil and plunk in about a third of the butter mixture. While the skillet is getting hot generously salt and pepper both sides of the filets. When the oil and butter have stopped acting up and leveled out put in the steaks. The butter and oil will foam up again but that's ok. Cook the steaks about 3 minutes a side and test them. When the steaks are just starting to get firm or they read 130° on an instant read meat thermometer they are rare. When they are definitely firm to a poke and read 165° they are well done. The in-betweens will give you medium rare, medium and medium well. I'm sure that your meat thermometer has the temperatures listed on it or they came with it on paper.
  3. Serve up your Filet Mignon steaks and top with the butter mixture and the liquid from the skillet.
    Date Night Filet Mignon-8-poppopcooks.com-Filrt Mignon-beef tenderloin streak-pan seared filet mignon-beef tenderloin-filet mignon recipe
Share this Recipe
Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe

Chicken Pasta Primavera – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

Chicken Pasta Primavera-8-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes

Chicken Pasta Primavera is a…..

…….Quick and Easy weeknight meal that you can put together with just about any vegetables that you have on hand.

Primavera translated from Italian means springtime but Pasta Primavera originated by an Italian chef in New York City in the 1970’s.

Enough history let’s get your Chicken Pasta Primavera going.

Put the chicken tenders in the microwave to thaw out while you cut up the vegetables. When I rooted around in the fridge I found some broccoli, asparagus, string beans, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, some mushrooms leftover from our last batch  of chicken marsala and some onions. But, literally, any vegetable or vegetables will work.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in some olive oil. While it’s heating up cut up the chicken tenders. When the pan is hot, put in the chicken and sprinkle it with some salt and pepper.

Put a pot of salted water on for your pasta and cook the pasta while you put together to Primavera part. If the pasta is al dente before the veggies are cooked just drain it and drizzle a little olive oil in. Stir it to get the pasta covered with the oil and put it on an idle back burner to keep warm while it waits its turn.

When the chicken has browned add all the veggies except the tomatoes and garlic. Stir it a few times as everything cooks.

Chicken Pasta Primavera-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes

After about 3-4 minutes or when the veggies just start to get a little soft throw in the tomatoes and the garlic. Add the chicken broth or white wine, squeeze in the juice from a lemon and toss in the rind and stir it all together. When the liquid starts to simmer lower the heat to medium and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Chicken Pasta Primavera-2-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes

Add the grated parmesan and stir it in to your Chicken Pasta Primavera then….

Chicken Pasta Primavera-3-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes

…..serve it up!!

You just prepared  your Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta Primavera like a chef!!

Chicken Pasta Primavera-8-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes

A chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio pairs up real good with Chicken Pasta Primavera.

 

Print Recipe
Chicken Pasta Primavera BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Course Main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Instructions
  1. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high swirl in some olive oil. While it's heating up cut up the chicken tenders. When the pan is hot, put in the chicken and sprinkle it with some salt and pepper.
  2. Put a pot of salted water on for your pasta and cook the pasta while you put together to Primavera part. If the pasta is al dente before the veggies are cooked just drain it and drizzle a little olive oil in. Stir it to get the pasta covered with the oil and put it on an idle back burner to keep warm while it waits its turn.
  3. When the chicken has browned add all the veggies except the tomatoes and garlic. Stir it a few times as everything cooks. After about 3-4 minutes or when the veggies just start to get a little soft throw in the tomatoes and the garlic. Add the chicken broth or white wine, squeeze in the juice from a lemon and toss in the rind and stir it all together. When the liquid starts to simmer lower the heat to medium and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the grated parmesan and stir it in to your Chicken Pasta Primavera then serve it up!!
    Chicken Pasta Primavera-8-poppopcooks.com-pasta primavera-pasta primavera recipe-chicken primavera-pasta primavera with chicken-Italian pasta recipes
Share this Recipe
Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe

Baked Flounder Filets – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

Baked Flounder-5-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

Baked Flounder Filets were..

…what we had almost every Friday when I was growing up in a little town in Northern New Jersey called North Arlington. Our mom worked in Newark and she rode buses back and forth to work.

On weeknights she would get home about 5:45 to 6:00, kick off her high heels and throw supper together while my sister, Loretta aka Woogie, and I set the table.

We always had fish on Fridays and flounder was a regular. Some of the fish were seasonal but fresh flounder was always available. This is the Quick and Easy way that our mom got the Friday night Baked Flounder supper on the table.

Mom would turn on the oven and grease a baking sheet for the flounder. Laid the filets out on the sheet “flat side down”. Sprinkled salt, pepper and paprika on them.

Into the oven for about 8-10 Minutes then under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes.

While that was going on she would heat up some kind of canned vegetable and whenever we had fish she would always throw together some mac and cheese. The mac and cheese involved boiling elbow macaroni, straining it, then mixing in chunks of Velveeta cheese until the cheese melted. That was it.

To this day, I still hate canned vegetables and Velveeta cheese.

After supper Woogie would wash and I would dry.

Here is tonight’s  – One Pan – Quick and Easy – Baked Flounder. With some oven baked zucchini “fries” right in the same pan.

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick pan like this one in the pics.

Rinse off the zucchini and cut them up like this….

Baked Flounder-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

It’s pretty hard (most times impossible) to find fresh flounder here in Texas so this is our go to frozen brand.

Baked Flounder-4-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

Rinse off the flounder filets and pat them dry with paper towels.

Baked Flounder-2-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

Spread the zucchini out with the pointy side sticking up and the flounder with the “flat side down”. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and paprika. I couldn’t stop myself from also adding a little grated parmesan cheese.

Baked Flounder-3-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

Oven for about 8 minutes and then broiler for about 2-3 minutes. Then serve and enjoy your Baked Flounder Filets and zucchini “fries”.

Baked Flounder-5-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes

We had a real nice, chilled, bottle of Chablis with our Baked Flounder Filets. Life is good.

 

Print Recipe
Baked Flounder Filets BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Oven Baked Flounder filets and zucchini "fries".
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Instructions
  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick pan like this one in the pics. Rinse off the zucchini and cut them up into french fry shapes.
  2. Rinse off the flounder filets and pat them dry with paper towels. Spread the zucchini out with the pointy side sticking up and the flounder with the "flat side down". Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and paprika. And a little grated parmesan cheese if you want to.
  3. Oven for about 8 minutes and then broiler for about 2-3 minutes. Then serve and enjoy your Baked Flounder Filets and zucchini "fries".
    Baked Flounder-5-poppopcooks.com-flounder-flounder fish-flounder filet-Broiled flounder-flounder recipes
Share this Recipe
Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe

Sesame Chicken – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes – Gluten Free

Sesame Chicken-4-poppopcooks.com-sesame chicken recipe-sesame chicken sauce-chicken recipes-easy chicken recipes-easy sesame chicken

Sesame Chicken is ….

…….what I order every time we go to our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Hunan Lion on South Lamar here in Austin.

It’s gotten to the point that the waitresses don’t even ask me what I want anymore. Gammy always gets Chicken and Broccoli, same deal.

I’ve tried a few different recipes that I found online and twisted and turned on them until I was happy with this one.

It is Quick and Easy and Delish which are the definite requirements here at poppopcooks.com

Having said all that here we go!

Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don’t have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it. As suggested in my 10 tips for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size.

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

In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper.

Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture.

Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.

Sesame Chicken-poppopcooks.com-sesame chicken recipe-sesame chicken sauce-chicken recipes-easy chicken recipes-easy sesame chicken

While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic.

Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in  and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.

Sesame Chicken-3-poppopcooks.com-sesame chicken recipe-sesame chicken sauce-chicken recipes-easy chicken recipes-easy sesame chicken

When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in  getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does…..

……enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.

Sesame Chicken-4-poppopcooks.com-sesame chicken recipe-sesame chicken sauce-chicken recipes-easy chicken recipes-easy sesame chicken

Print Recipe
Sesame Chicken BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Chicken sautéed with a easily made sesame sauce served with snow peas and rice.
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Add to Meal Plan:
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
Add to Shopping List
This recipe is in your Shopping List
Instructions
  1. Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don't have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it.
  2. Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture. Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic. Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.
  4. When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does..enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.
    Sesame Chicken-4-poppopcooks.com-sesame chicken recipe-sesame chicken sauce-chicken recipes-easy chicken recipes-easy sesame chicken
Share this Recipe
Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe