Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Sunday Dinner: What are the Rich People Eating?
You know, when you're eating and someone like your father says pityingly, to compliment the excellent dinner, "I wonder what the rich people are eating today?" We trotted out that joke because we were eating Poor Man's Steak yesterday!
put frozen ground beef in fridge to thaw
mix ground beef with crackers, etc. - return to fridge
cut and fry the poor man's steak - place on bed of sliced onions
make 2 c. white sauce with mushrooms - pour over steak - return to fridge
wash and chop spinach - wrap in dishtowel and return to fridge
prepare potatoes - set on timed bake
put poor man's steak in oven on timed bake
plate the spinach, slice berries over it, drizzle dressing
I used the recipe from More with Less for the poor man's steak, but this one is very close to it. The poor man's steak made enough for a proper, card-deck-sized portion of meat for three meals for my family! Thrifty indeed.
To avoid baking in aluminum foil and still get a soft skinned baked potato, do the following:
Wash potatoes and dry well. Lay them on a baking sheet with sides and drizzle with oil - using your hands, rub the potatoes to ensure they are coated well with oil. I like to sprinkle them with salt and pepper then too (and think of the herbal/spice possibilities here!). Pierce each potato a few times with a fork or knife. Bake as you would normally (350 for an hour).
In the case of this menu, my smallish potatoes baked with the poor man's steak at 300for 1.5 hours and were perfectly soft.
We ate a strawberry spinach salad with a beautifully rosy salad dressing of pureed strawberries with typical vinagrette ingredients, plus I added a clove of garlic. Then Genevieve sprinkled almonds on top of the individual salads, too.
We felt rich, yes. We are richly blessed.
Strawberry Vinaigrette (based on the one in Simply in Season)
In blender, blend until smooth:
1 cup strawberries
2 tsp. rice vinegar
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 Tbs. olive oil