I wanted to use up some of the items leftover from the week’s shopping and this is what I came up with. The recipes came from two different locations as noted and the dinner took about an hour to make prepping everything before starting. Enjoy!
Marinated Grilled Top Round Steak (Classic Rachel Ray 30-Minutes Meals) – the recipe calls for flank steak but I used what I had
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used pre-minced garlic from the fridge)
1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend (Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspooons Frank’s Red Hot (eyeball it)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (2 splashes, I used balsamic vinegar that gave it a more robust flavor)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Mix Garlic, grill seasoning, paprika, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and 1/3 cup EVOO in a shallow dish. Place meat in dish and coat it evenly in merinade. Let stand 15 minutes.
Heat a grill pan or cast-iron pan over high heat. Grill steak on hot pan; about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare to medium, and 6-7 minutes on each side for medium-well. Remove steak from grill and let it sit a few minutes before slicing. The internal temperature of the steak will continue to rise while it sits. To ensure your meat is cook use a cooking thermometer. Internal temperature should reach 145 degrees fahrenheit for medium-rare.
Bacon “Smashed” Potatoes (Classic Rachel Ray 30-Minutes Meals)
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4 slices thick-cut bacon (the recepie called for chopping this up before cooking, but I found it easier to cook whole than break apart with my fingers)
1/2 chicken broth
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes in a small pot and cover with water. Cover pot. Bring water to a boil, remove lid, then cook potatoes until tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return them to the hot pot. Smash potoates with chick broth and add bacon and cheese. Season with sale and pepper to taste.
Roasted Mini Carrots (Food Network Magazine – October 2011)
1 1/2 cups mini carrots halved
1 sprig fresh Rosemary (I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons dried)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons EVOO
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix ingredients in a shallow baking dish. Roast, stirring once, until veggies are tender and golden brown, about 25 minutes. After I took the carrots out of the over I put them into the pan that I cooked the steak in for some additional flavor and moistened them as well.