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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Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice

Gammy likes pork tenderloin so, duh, yeah I make it for her lotsa different ways. After all she is kinda special.

How ’bout this!? She gave me some decadent chocolate truffles for my birthday! Oh Yeah, She’s a keeper.

We hadn’t ever had pork tenderloin like this before and, WOW!, it turned out great.

You could make this a one pot meal and cook the rice right in the sauté pan or skillet and drain the liquid off, push the rice to the side of the pan then sear the pork tenderloin. Or….

…..you could have the rice cooking in a separate pot while you get the pork tenderloin and the veggies doing their thing. Or….

……you could use some of that cooked rice that you have in the freezer like I suggested in my Ten Tips for quick and easy meals. Tonight I had some in the freezer so things turned out to be especially quick and easy.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Let’s chop up the onion, slice the pork tenderloin and put them in the pan.

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Add some salt and pepper and stir a few times as it all cooks.

While it’s cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up.  Like we did for this bruschetta recipe.

 When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned – about 6-7 minutes – put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.

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Optional at this point you could whisk an egg and drizzle it in as you stir things up. And/or drizzle some soy sauce in as you stir.

I didn’t, I just flew with it like this and it turned out fine,,,,no,,it turned out WAY better than just fine.

When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up – don’t let them cook too much and get soggy – serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.

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It was real good and real easy!

 

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  2. While it's cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up. When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned - about 6-7 minutes - put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.
  3. When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up - don't let them cook too much and get soggy - serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.
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Philly Cheesesteak From Leftovers – 15 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Philly Cheesesteak from Leftovers isn’t….

….just for those weeknights when you want to put together a no effort no brainer supper. It’s a real good meal that can be put together very Quick and Easy.

We had some leftover London Broil that I had

done pizzaiola style so…

….I rinsed off the slices and cut them into strips. You could get some thin sliced chuck or round beefsteaks or go to the deli section and get some roast beef sliced thin or even use some leftover rotisserie chicken.

Cut some onion into strips and slice or chop some cloves of garlic.

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

Put the beef, onions and garlic into the skillet. Sprinkle  with some salt and pepper.

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Stir or toss it all a few times as it cooks. When it all is almost cooked to how you want it to be, when served, spread it all out and lay the slices of cheese on top.

When the cheese has melted put your philly cheesesteak onto some Italian bread or rolls. Or, just serve it with the bread on the side and let your tribe put it together any way that they want.

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Now, how was that for Quick and Easy?

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  1. Cut some onions into strips and slice or chop some cloves of garlic. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the beef, onions and garlic into the skillet. Sprinkle some salt and pepper.
  2. Stir or toss it all a few times as it cooks. When it all is almost cooked to how you want it to be, when served, spread it all out and lay the slices of cheese on top.
  3. When the cheese has melted put your philly cheesesteak onto some Italian bread or rolls. Or, just serve it with the bread on the side and let your tribe put it together any way that they want.
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Date Night Filet Mignon can lead to happy endings

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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……

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……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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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  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.
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