Saturday, 25 October 2008
2 steak dinners
As well as the lovely piece of fillet that we bought for the beef wellington last weekend, we also bought a beautiful forerib steak, figuring that it would be enough for a couple of meals for us. And in fact it made 2 dinners and a lunch. Fantastic value, when it cost £10.
So on the first night we just roasted it in a hot oven, carved it and served it with vegetables. A piece of beef like that is so good that it really doesn't need a sauce or too much fuss. In a perfect world we would have barbecued it over charcoal but the weather was a bit crap for that.
Then on the second night (after Paul had snacked on cold roast beef with mustard for lunch), he made a steak sauce for pasta. He really makes a lovely pasta sauce! He says the key to it is letting it take its time.
This time he sauteed diced onions in olive oil until they were really well browned and sweet (which I have learned makes such a difference), added loads of dried herbs (oregano, marjoram and rosemary, I think), a lot of minced garlic, the diced beef and a jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce.
After simmering a few minutes he added some soaked & drained dried mushrooms (leftover from the wellington). When it was really thick, rich and delicious he tossed some wholemeal spaghetti through it, allowing the sauce to soak into the pasta over a low heat for another minute or so.
We didn't have any parmesan in the house, unfortunately, so we made do with a bit of grated cheddar. A very comforting dinner on a cold night!