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!

12 comments:

HH said...

That is an excellent, huge piece of beef!! And those both sound like wonderful dinners you got out of them! Good work FC and Paul!

kat said...

Don't you love it when you can make one piece of meat last so long

maybelle's mom said...

sounds like you really did a good job of stretching your money. The steak looked so good, I think I would have eaten it in one sitting.

Esi said...

Talk about a piece of steak!! Nice job stretching out one piece of meat to make several meals!

Natashya said...

You are appealing to my inner carnivore - what a beautiful piece of meat. I am so hungry now.
ps, can I have mine with frittes and a beer?

Rachel said...

Sounds like the Foodycat "Cucina" has been very fruitful! I'm intrigued by your several part project for the Cook the Books blog post!

Foodycat said...

HH - it is a huge piece of meat! We've served a steak like that for 4 and everyone has had plenty.

Kat - I know! I must have puritan ancestors or something because this sort of frugal living gladdens my heart!

Maybelle's mom - I was so tempted to have seconds and thirds!

Esi - I think it weighed 3lb?

Natashya - frites and beer would be just perfect with it!

Rachel - I am having fun preparing it!

Leslie said...

Oh wonderful! I could eat red meat everynight for dinner!

Peter M said...

That steak has my kinda' pink...great Q-ing there.

Cooking and the City said...

What a gorgeous piece of beef, your right good beef doesn't need any extra! love the pasta too :-)

Maris said...

Your pasta looks great! So creative how you repurposed one meal into something totally different.

Foodycat said...

Leslie - I could too but we try not to!

Peter - My husband has had a lot of practice!

Cooking & the City - I wouldn't have said no to some bernaise...

Thanks Maris! I hate wasting food, so I like using leftovers in different ways

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