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Seared Filet with Roasted Butternut Squash & Blue Cheese Ravioli

My husband and I do not get a lot of “date nights” as we have two young boys, rarely a babysitter and he has the craziest schedule working for the railroad.  No set schedule actually.  All that combined leads me to craving fancy-dressed, wine-filled nights out even more!  That being said, I knew I could do it!  Not the literally leaving my house to enjoy a quiet kid free atmosphere, but create that upscale dining experience here at home!

I already knew I could make a fantastic steak, so I wanted to try my hand at homemade pasta.  Like REAL homemade pasta, no attachment to my Kitchen-Aide or anything.  So out came my flour coated rolling pin and I finally attacked the somewhat scary mound of welled flour and eggs.  You know what?  It wasn’t that hard.   I’ve been scared all these years for nothing!  Now, if I’m making a crockpot meal asking for the filled pasta, then frozen is fine, but for this meal all the slight extra work was sooooo worth it!!

So please, next time you can’t get away, or maybe your budget is a bit tight, please give this a whirl!

The Starting Lineup

Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
    3 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Filling

  • 1 small butternut squash
    2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil 
    5-6 sage leaves, minced

Protein (optional)

  • (2-4) Filet mignon or Ribeye Steaks
  • Fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt
  • 2 vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick), softened

 

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Roasted butternut squash and blue cheese filling!

 

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To begin…..

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Next, (this is a great tip!) prick your butternut squash with a fork all over.  Cut off the ends of the squash and place on a plate in your microwave for 4 minutes (if you don’t, this vegetable is extremely hard to cut).  Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin and then cut in half length-wise.  Discard of the seeds and then cut into rough cubes.  Place on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper and place in the oven for 30 minutes until fork tender.

Meanwhile…..

Mound the flour on a clean work surface and make a well with a fork in the center, creating almost a “volcano” in appearance.  In the well, crack the eggs and add in the salt and oil.  Using your fork, slightly beat together while gathering a bit of flour at a time until it forms a dough ball.

Using your hands, start needing the dough until it forms a perfectly smooth ball with a shiny appearance (10 minutes).  Add more flour if it seems sticky or a tbsp. at a time of water if it feels too dry.  Wrap your dough ball with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.

Now that your butternut squash is roasted, transfer to a large bowl along with the blue cheese crumbles and the salt & pepper.  Mash together with a fork to your desired consistency. Cover and set aside.

With your dough ball, unwrap pasta and cut into four sections. You will work with one section at a time. Wrap the remaining three up in plastic in the mean time. Flour your work surface liberally. Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin, working from the middle and rolling out. Try to get the thinnest and longest piece of dough you can. Keep rotating and turning the dough to prevent sticking. Once your dough is rolled very thin, place a small amounts of the filling {about a teaspoon} onto the dough about 1 1/2-2 inches apart. Fold the top of the dough over the filling. Press the top piece of dough over and around the filling to remove any air bubbles. Now using either a ravioli stamp, pastry cutter or a pizza cutter, cut into perfect squares {you will need to crimp the edges with a fork if using a pizza cutter}. Place on a floured tray and cover with a tea towel as you make these. Form any leftover dough into a ball and place in the plastic wrap to rest. Continue this pattern until all the raviolis are filled and cut out.

To cook, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Drop in your raviolis (4-5 at a time) and stir gently. Raviolis will be finished cooking once they float to the top. Drain.  Once finished add to a warm sauté pan of melted butter, oil and sage that is slightly crisped.  Toss gently to coat.

Now you can eat these delish ravioli’s as is or pair with a great steak!  If you choose the steak route, here is my favorite way..

Set the steak out of the fridge to come to room temp for 20-30 minutes {I did so while I’m preparing the ravioli’s} and heat oven to 400 degrees, rub the steak all over with oil and coat in freshly ground pepper and kosher salt.  Heat your cast iron pan on med-high heat till about smoking.  Add in the butter and then the steaks, let cook (do NOT move) for 4 minutes on each side.  Transfer the skillet with the seared steaks to the oven and let cook for 5 minutes (for medium-rare).  Remove the steaks to a platter and cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  {Here is where I cooked and sautéed the ravioli’s.}  ***Make sure you have a well ventilated kitchen as cast irons smoke something crazy.  You can absolutely grill your meat too if preferred.

So, whether you decide to make this a vegetarian inspired meal or are a true carnivore like myself, you will not be disappointed!  Serve with a great red and you have a true 5-star restaurant meal!  Enjoy!!

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Simple Steak & Noodles

Tis the season for hearty fare!   Growing up we ate quite a few crockpot meals and my favorite ones contained the soft egg noodles that still kept a bit of chew to them.  For the most part they’re commonly served with either chicken or tuna recipes, but why leave out my favorite??…beef!  The slowcooker makes the cut up roast so very tender and who doesn’t love not having that extra step of boiling noodles?!

*I garnished ours with a bit of chopped Italian flat leaf parsley for freshness and a spoonful of sour cream for extra creaminess..completely optional though!  However, promise me you won’t forget the bread and butter!!

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 1/2 lbs beef roast (chuck, tri-tip, etc)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp each kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cups (32oz) beef broth
  • 1 packet onion soup mix (I.e. Lipton)
  • 1 package mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • A couple dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package egg noodles, uncooked (12-16oz)

Begin by simply adding the cubed roast to a gallon size ziplock bag along with the flour and the salt and pepper; shake to coat.  

Heat a pan and the canola oil to medium heat.  Add the coated beef (in batches/do not overcrowd your pan, this will take 3-4 batches) to the heated pan and sear each side.  Once the meat has seared, add to your slowcooker.   

To that slow cooker, simply add in the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the noodles, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  The last hour you will add in the egg noodles to cook through.

When time is up, garnish with a bit of chopped parsley,a dollop of sour cream and a nice hunk of crusty bread for dipping…if so desired ;). Enjoy!!  

Ancho and Coffee Crusted Steak Tacos w/ Spicy Corn Salsa

I’m not sure if it’s because I lived in Arizona, California and Texas, but I’m pretty sure that tacos are a way of life for ‘us people’.  They range in flavors and toppings galore as you have Sonoran, Baja, Texmex, standard beef and cheese, shredded chicken..I could go on and on and on.  So I will!

I tried to break out of that standard taco fare box and make it a little more refined, perhaps bigger and brighter flavors, and boy did that work out for me!  Hey, I had OVER a pound and a half of steak, plus toppings and my family of two (apparently starving) adults and two lil ones and we ate it ALL.  I won’t even bother you with the details of me just standing haphazardly at the butcher block shoving steak slices in..damn good!

*I also mentioned below, please cook to your desired preference..However, we may or may no longer speak if you choose well-done, but…

The Starting Lineup

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs flat iron steak
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 tsp ground coffee
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander 
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola and 1 Tbsp butter, for the pan) 

Spicy Corn Salsa

  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (I left seeds in, but remove to cut the heat if desired)
  • Juice of 1 ripe lime
  • pinch kosher salt

Garnish

  • Corn tortillas, grilled and warmed
  • Lime wedges
  • Salty cheese (cotija, feta, parmesan)
  • Jalapeños, thinly sliced. 

Lets marinate this steak!  2-3 hours prior to grilling up, you’ll want to begin this.  You could do a longer marinade time, however, marinades can break down the meat too much and it just won’t be quite as good, texture wise.

In a small dish, whisk together all of the spices listed above for the steak.  While using your fingers, coat the steak evenly with the spice blend, cover and place in your refridgerator until ready to grill.  

Next we can prepare that super easy spicy corn salsa!  As always instructed ;), start by rinsing and chopping and dicing the veggies needed.  

In a microwave safe medium-size bowl, pour in the 2 cups of frozen corn.  Pop into your microwave for just about 30 seconds tops.  You do NOT want hot, mushy corn.  On to the other easy part, to that corn add in the prepared red onion, halved tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and diced jalapeños.  Give a good squeeze of fresh lime juice and a hefty pinch of salt.  Toss to coat, cover and like the steak, refridgerate till needed.  

Ok friends..now here come your options and the “blah-blah-blah” of how to cook a steak.  Please follow along.

You can absolutely grill this (quite delish), you can sear in an oven proof pan and pop in the oven to finish or even vice versa, you can place it under the broiler..do what makes your heart sing.  However, if you want it how I made it, then here it goes:

Remove the marinated, dry-rubbed steak from the refridgerator 20 minutes prior to cooking.  I brought my cast iron skillet up to medium/medium-high heat and then added in the 1 Tbsp canola oil and 1 Tbsp butter (never margarine people).

Once the skillet was just slightly smoking, knowing it was hot and ready, I layed the steak into the hot oil and butter.  WALK AWAY.

Let that steak sear and do its thing.  It will of course have a dark outer-edge due to the sugar, coffee and spices creating that great “crust”.  You so, so want that.

I prefer my steak a perfect medium-rare, so for my weight of meat I let each side sear for about 8 minutes on each side…then place on a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.  PLEASE let rest!!  During that time you can get out your choice of salty cheese, the spicy corn salsa AND start to quickly warm and slightly char the corn tortillas!  

*If you have a smaller cut of steak, cook anywhere from 3-5 minutes per side (for medium-rare,  internal temperature of 135 degrees).  Of course you can eat the steak to your liking, so cook it longer if you so desire.

*If you follow the medium-rare advice, but someone in your family is “weird” about that ;), simply take a few of the slices and return back to the pan for just a few seconds.  It WILL cook fast!

Once the steak has had its rest period (keep those juices IN!), slice thinly against the grain..this is sooooo tender and just melts with that fantastic crust.  Drooling….again.  (You can also dice up the slices for small mouths..aka my kiddos).

The time has arrived..assembly time!  Simply take a warm and charred corn tortilla and lay a couple of slices of that beautiful steak on top.  Garnish with a spoonful of the Spicy Corn Salsa, a bit of salty cheese and a few lime wedges..enjoy!!  

Grilled Bloody Mary Kabobs & Salad

We’ve all been there on those headache filled Sunday mornings, where you put some big sunglasses on and head to your nearest cantina for the “hair of the dog”.  Often times, you’re also a bit hungry, so what better way to kill two birds with one stone than with these skewers!

The Starting Lineup

  • Sirloin, large cubed
  • Large shrimp, peeled & deveined, tail on
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Green olives
  • Cheese, cubed (horseradish flavor)

Marinade & Dressing

  • 1 can spicy V8 juice
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp horseradish, prepared
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire 
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, (Tabasco) 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 5 Tbsp oil  

We’ll start this typical Sunday morning cocktail turned dinner with the marinade & dressing!   In a 1-gallon size ziploc bag, combine all of the above marinade ingredients, zip bag tight and give a good shake to mix. 

 Next, BEFORE you add the raw meat, take out about 1/4-1/2 cup of this marinade and place in a different sealed container or smaller ziplock bag.  Set this aside in the refrigerator.

We now need to try to remove most fatty pieces from your sirloin cut and then cube.  I like to cut at least fat 2×2 cubes, but if you prefer smaller than go right ahead!  These raw chunks of sirloin will now go into your 1-gallon bag o’ marinade.  Zip securely and place into dish (to avoid leakage) and put in your refrigerator.  Ideally you’d like this to marinate for a good 8 hours, (so before you head to work perhaps?), but I like to do mine overnight…it gets about 24 hours of that boozy marinade! 

   

Hours later or even the next day we’re going to assemble these kabobs! *If using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.  If you have metal skewers than rub lightly with vegetable oil first so the food won’t stick. 

 Have your shrimp defrosted and peel away!  I personally like to keep the tails on for added affect, but you’re more than welcome to shuck those too.  Once all of the shrimp has been peeled, add these straight into the same marinate bag as your cubed steak.  Let sit for 20 minutes. 

     I skewer all my shrimp together and all my steak together.  You can absolutely alternate them, but they cook at different speeds so I find this is better do nothing is undercooked..or worse, overcooked!  *After I skewer them all, I like to sprinkle a bit more pepper over top along with a pinch of cayenne, totally optional. 

 

Set these skewers aside for a minute and wash your hands well!!

On a cutting board, thinly slice your celery and halve your cherry tomatoes.  Place into bowl along with the cubed spicy cheese and green olives.  Season lightly with a bit of salt & pepper.  Now take that smaller (uncontaminated) dressing that you made earlier and pour over the veggies & cheese.  Toss to coat and place in fridge while you grill the steak & shrimp. 

 

Once grill is ready to go (gas or charcoal), cook the shrimp through and the sirloin to your desired doneness.  Place on serving platter and allow to rest.

Scoop a serving of salad onto plate and top with a skewer each of the shrimp & steak.  Serve with a big slice of crusty garlic bread! 

 

*If you cannot find horseradish cheese in your deli’s specialty section, cheddar or even Bleu cheese would be fine.

*You can leave the vodka out completely or at the very least in the salad dressing if served to children.  I myself like it all..

*You can really use any veggies here that you like served alongside your Bloody Mary cocktail (I.e. okra, pickles, cheeses, bacon, etc).

*Garlic bread: halve a French loaf from your bakery, slather each cut side with a generous amount of butter, garlic and a sprinkle of parsley or italian seasoning.  Place on baking sheet under your broiler till melted and slice.


Buttermilk Chicken Fried Steak

Yes m’am!  This IS one of the mainstays in Southern cooking.  It’s tender, crunchy and flavorful, all in a cut of inexpensive ‘steak’.  Excellent!

Now my seasoning here isnt ‘exact’ like I usually write out.  That is because real fried chicken flavor should be your own thing.  Go ahead and dress this your own, but keep in mind that a HEAVY dose of each spice does wonders.. Yum!!!

The Starting Lineup

  • 4 cuts of tenderized cube steak
  • 2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 qt Buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Cajun Creole seasoning
  • Cayenne Pepper 
  • Season salt
  • Kosher salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Vege or Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup lard *you can just use 1/2 cup of available oil instead  Place your tenderized, cube steaks into a shallow dish and coat each side with a heavy dose of Cajun seasoning.  Pour in 1 cup of buttermilk and allow to marinate for 2 hours-plus in your refrigerator.   

After your preferred marinating time is up, place the buttermilk marinated dish on the counter to allow the steak to get to temp, while getting your fryin’ oil and seasonings ready!!

In a large, heavy-duty pan (Lodge cast iron for me), get your oil/lard heated to medium temperature.

Meanwhile, lay out three separate dishes. 1. Egg mixture 2. Flour mixture 3. A clean dish ;).

  • Whisk your 2 egg dish with 1 cup of buttermilk.
  • Combine your flour with equal amounts of pepper, cayenne and seasoned salt.  Add a dash of Kosher salt.
  • The extra dish is clean (for now) for your egg/flour dredged cutlets.

Each cubed steak will be coated in the egg mix, then flour,…egg again,…flour again and laid into the clean dish until ready to fry.  With this, your CFS will have a great, flavorful coating!

      

Once all are dipped, dredged and done again, add one by one to the heated oil.  Cook each side for about 3 minutes (until browned) and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

 When all your Chicken Fried Steaks have finished frying, drain the cutlets and excess oil onto a paper towel lined plate.  Tranfer to oven to keep warm.

Add your CFS, with a large side of gravy, potatoes and crisp veggies to your ‘platter’ and enjoy!!! *we like ours served with homemade gravy, potatoes and a side veggie! :))).

Southern comfort at its best!!

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