tasha (tashabear) wrote,

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dreamdinner mini-review: steaks with roasted red peppers & herb butter

Menu description: These six juicy individual steaks are ready to grill or pan-sear to perfection at home. Serve with our savory roasted red pepper butter, bursting with hints of garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar. (I split the recipe in half, so we only cooked three steaks.)

Another winner! The steaks were nice and tender, and I was again reminded how inadequate the lighting is in my kitchen, because I broiled the steaks in the toaster oven and I really couldn't see how they were doing. I usually like my steaks medium, while darkwolfie prefers his well-done (actually, he likes them crunchy -- no, I don't understand it either). These ended up on the medium side of medium-well, and were as tender as if they were still bloody. (I had noted some nice marbling prior to putting them on the broiler; I'm sure that accounted for the tenderness.)

The butter was kind of messy to deal with; I wish I'd used a quart bag instead of a gallon bag when preparing it. Also, the balsamic vinegar separated out, and I had to pour that off. It took me a minute to figure out how to get the butter out of the bag, but I finally just cut away a corner and squished it out like frosting, into a bowl. It added just right amount of herbal flavor to the steaks -- I'm really looking forward to the second serving!

I didn't put it in as I took out the steaks, but we're also trying the peach crisp tonight, which is supposed to have a long baking period (1.5 hours at 350). Now that I think about it, though, I split that recipe, too, and it's in a much smaller pan, again in the toaster oven. I think I should check it at thirty minutes. I'll review it when it's done.

ETA -- Peach Crisp: darkwolfie took it away from me and put the other half of the pan in the fridge, lest I eat it all myself. It was that good. I knew it would be; when I preparing it, I was on more familiar ground. I don't have a feel for herbs and spices so much, but I'm a good baker, and I knew this was a winner as I put it together. Another gold star!
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