New Year’s Eve Menu

We’re staying in this New Year’s Eve and celebrating with a cozy, tasty steakhouse dinner. Last year we went to Bryant & Cooper and I have to say, I was unimpressed. It was fun getting out but my filet was not so great. Ruth’s Chris never disappoints so if you’re craving steak and don’t feel like cooking, head there.

I don’t know why cooking a steak always intimidated me but when I watched Ina Garten make filet mignon I saw how quick and easy it really is. Go to the butcher for your meat and you’ll see that it’s just as good as what you order at a steakhouse (and a lot less expensive). An 8oz filet in a restaurant can easily cost $30 and up. Our two steaks from my favorite butcher cost about $25.

I follow this recipe for preparing the steaks with a few adjustments. The recipe calls for fleur de sel (a type of salt) but I just use kosher salt. I also use about half the salt and pepper it calls for because otherwise it is WAY too overpowering. I don’t have a seasoned cast iron skillet so I use a Le Creuset enameled cast iron pan instead.

To go with our steaks I’m making twice baked potatoes and creamed spinach. For dessert, I’m following the recommendation of A Cup of Jo and I picked up Trader Joe’s Chocolate Lava Cakes. If they’re as good as they are fattening, we’re in for a delicious evening.

Happy New Year, friends and family!

Sliced Steak Sandwiches

I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes lately so I haven’t been taking many pictures. (I learned the hard way that photos + new recipe = burnt dinner) Over the next few days I’ll just share some new recipes I like. Enjoy!

Sliced Steak Sandwiches – these actually taste like they came from a restaurant. The steak is expensive so it’s better for two than for a group. (Sorry, friends!) I think this would be a great meal to make if you were trying to impress a date. Or if you were having me over for dinner. Either one.

Matt is not a big fan of mustard so rather than make the mustard mayo that Ina G. recommends, I made a pesto mayo and it was amazing. Seriously. Slather it on anything.

Combine three tablespoons of mayo, one tablespoon of sour cream, one half to one tablespoon of pesto (prepared or homemade) and a big pinch of kosher salt. If it’s too watery, add more mayo, too thick, more sour cream.