Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce

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Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce is an elevated meal for two and takes only a few quality ingredients and less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Tenderloin steak, butter and balsamic vinegar arranged on a wooden board in preparation for Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Beef tenderloin steaks can be a bit pricy, even for us here in beef country. But what I really like about beef tenderloin is that it’s a relatively lean cut of beef, it’s super tender and flavourful. It deserves a good sear to hold in the moisture and a generous drizzle of balsamic butter sauce.

Butter sauce comes in many forms, like Beurre Blanc-French butter sauce, Piccata sauce and the sauce on my Tarragon Chicken Cutlets

A butter sauce is quite simple and uber quick to pull off with a little know-how. In any butter sauce, it’s very important to use cold butter cut into small chunks. Cold butter melts more slowly, allowing the fat particles to breakdown and be dispersed throughout other liquids like wine, lemon juice, stock or in this case, balsamic vinegar. Adding butter gradually is equally as important. It allows all the fat particles to become completely emulsified but at a slower rate. This process creates a thicker and more stable sauce. Scientifically it’s a little more involved, but this gives you the idea behind it.  Enjoy!

Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce sliced and ready to serve garnished with fresh rosemary.

Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce sliced and ready to serve garnished with fresh rosemary.
Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce
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    Servings Prep Time
    2 people 10-15 minutes
    Cook Time
    12-15 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    2 people 10-15 minutes
    Cook Time
    12-15 minutes
    Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce sliced and ready to serve garnished with fresh rosemary.
    Steak with Balsamic Butter Sauce
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      Servings Prep Time
      2 people 10-15 minutes
      Cook Time
      12-15 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      2 people 10-15 minutes
      Cook Time
      12-15 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Pat steaks dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
      2. Add oil to a medium stainless steel skillet and heat on high. When the oil is hot add steaks and cook 4 to 4 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare, flipping only once and getting a good sear on both sides.
      3. Remove steaks to a plate and cover with foil.
      4. Add balsamic vinegar, beef broth and rosemary to the same pan whisking to pick up any beefy bits left behind by the steak. Continue to cook over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes until sauce is reduced by at least half and can coat the back of a spoon. Remove rosemary sprig.
      5. Turn heat to low and whisk in butter one chunk at a time, allowing the butter to be incorporated before adding more. Once all the butter is incorporated remove from heat and adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over steak or on the side as a dipping sauce. Makes about 1/3 cup of sauce.
      Recipe Notes

      Cooking time for steaks will be dependant on size.  The steaks I used were approximately 8 ounces each and 1 1/2 " thick.

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      Meaty Baked Pasta

      Meaty Baked Pasta

      Well, baked pasta is far from anything new.  This little version is my own yet very similar to many that are out there.  It’s more of a reminder of how wonderful a baked pasta can be.  There are a few steps involved so I wouldn’t call it the best weeknight meal.  However, Meaty Baked Pasta is just what the family calls for on the weekend.  

      With this pasta casserole, you will find a meaty sauce that includes ground beef and Italian sausage, a light and creamy ricotta cheese layer that helps to balance the acid in the tomato sauce.  More sauce hugged pasta with chunks of tomato that is broiled oozy with mozzarella and parmesan.  It’s the kind of dish you know you should stop eating, but just can’t.

      It serves many with even a few leftovers.  If planning ahead, you may want to assemble in two casserole dishes, bake one and freeze the other for a later meal when time is not your friend. 

      Meaty Baked Pasta is homey, satisfying and best of all cheesy!  It’s not diet friendly, so I won’t pretend that it is.  Everything in moderation, right?  Enjoy!

      Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
      Meaty Baked Pasta
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        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 people 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 5 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 people 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 5 minutes
        Meaty Baked Pasta is hot and cheesy from the oven in a blue casserole dish with handles. There is a serving spoon half tucked into the pasta. The dish rests on a cork pot holder that is draped with a white and navy towel. Fresh basil sits in the background.
        Meaty Baked Pasta
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          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 people 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 5 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 people 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 5 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften, stirring often.
          2. Add ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking apart any large chunks and stirring often. Dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
          3. To the meat add marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili flakes.
          4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20- 25 minutes to meld flavours.
          5. While meat sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions using well-salted water. (about 1 tbsp regular salt to 4 litres of water). Drain pasta and set aside.
          6. Preheat oven to 350℉.
          7. In a small bowl stir together ricotta, half of the mozzarella, half of the parmesan, dried basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
          8. Lightly spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half the cooked pasta and half of the meat sauce to the casserole dish. Stir to combine. Spread with ricotta cheese mixture.
          9. To the pot with the remaining pasta add remaining meat sauce. Stir to combine and pour over ricotta cheese layer. Top with remaining half of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
          10. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. Broil for 2-3 to blister the cheese. Remove and allow to rest 3-5 minutes prior to serving.

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          Chili Tortilla Roll Ups

          Chili Tortilla Roll Ups

          Do you love crispy finger food?

          I do!  Chili Tortilla Rolls are perfect for any game day being crispy, cheesy and hearty enough for a gathering of game day fans.  

          These tasty rolls can be made up ahead of time and cooked when you need them for a nice crisp exterior.  Once assembled they also freeze well and will keep in a sealed container for up to a month.  They’re also a great way to use up leftover chili that you might have.  I have included a thick chili to use for these rolls, but any hearty chili can be used. 

          Served with the little extras like guacamole, sour cream and salsa makes them a game day hit. 

          Looking for other finger food snacks?

          Check out these great recipes!

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          Chili Tortilla Roll Ups
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            Servings
            20 rolls
            Servings
            20 rolls
            Chili Tortilla Roll Ups
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              20 rolls
              Servings
              20 rolls
              Ingredients
              Servings: rolls
              Instructions
              1. In a medium pot or dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and green pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powders and cumin and continue to cook for 1 minute.
              2. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned, stirring occasionally and breaking apart the chunks.
              3. Stir in remaining ingredients and allow to simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes to meld falvours. Chili should be relatively thick, but add a tablespoon or two of water if needed.
              4. Place one tortilla shell on a flat surface and spread with approximately 3 tbsp of chili leaving a 1" border around. Top with 1 tbsp of cheese. Moisten the top inch of the tortilla with water. Starting from the bottom, roll tortilla shell up a third of the way. Fold in sides 1 1-1/2" and continue to roll forward, enclosing all the chili in a tubular shape.
              5. Continue with remaining shells, chili and cheese until all have been rolled.
              6. Using a 2" skillet or shallow pot, add enough canola oil to come up 1". Heat over medium until hot. Place about 6 chili rolls in hot oil with seam side down (don't overcrowd). Cook for about 2 minutes until golden. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil. Cut in half diagonally and serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream if desired.

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              Bacon Jam Mozza Burger

              Bacon Jam Mozza Burger

              Did someone say bacon? Yes indeed, and you won’t want to let Father’s Day go by without firing up the grill for this amazing Bacon Jam Mozza Burger. Thick ground beef chuck patties topped with mozzarella and plenty of sweet and smoky bacon jam. Trust me, dad will be happy!

              So let’s talk meat shall we?  Even though the bacon jam in this recipe makes a statement, it’s the beef that’s gonna make or break your burger experience. We’ve all eaten the pre made frozen hamburger patties and we’ve all made hamburgers from regular ground beef, but let me tell you, there’s a better way to go.  

              Ground chuck my friends is the meat of choice for your beef burger.  Specifically, ground  chuck with a 20% fat ratio. This is a highly recommended ratio because it lends to a nice juicy burger without being overly fatty, which isn’t required with ground chuck because you can cook it to your liking of medium, medium rare…..not the well cooked mandatory standard for frozen patties or burgers made from regular ground beef that need to be cooked to a minimum of 160℉ for food safe reasons. Most butcher shops will carry ground chuck or will be super happy to grind it for you.  Even in my small community, where it is hard to find fresh bean sprouts, I was able to source ground chuck at Sylvan Quality Meats.  A simple call ahead landed me several pounds of ground chuck at an 80/20 ratio, neatly packed in 1 pound pouches.  

              So back to the burger….probably the two most significant differences between burgers made with ground beef and those made with ground chuck is flavour and tenderness.  Ground chuck yields a beefier taste and is tender due to the fat ratio and the fact that you can cook it similar to a steak, medium rare, medium etc.  This ability to serve the burger with a little pink in the centre lends to a more tender burger.   You could say beef steak rules apply in this case.  Plus, there’s no filler, additives, or excess salt, just good quality beef with tasty toppings.  What’s not to love about that? Enjoy!

              Recipe source for Bacon Jam Mozza Burger has been inspired by: Epicurious Whiskey Bacon Jam

              Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
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                Servings Prep Time
                4 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                60 minutes 3 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                4 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                60 minutes 3 minutes
                Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  60 minutes 3 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  60 minutes 3 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Bacon Jam
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Bacon Jam
                  1. Chop bacon into 1/4" dice. Heat a large sauce pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add diced bacon and cook uncovered until crisp and rendered, stirring often. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, leaving behind approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat.
                  2. Reduce heat to medium and add chopped onion. Cook uncovered until softened and starting to caramelize, approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients including cooked bacon and heat to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 30 minutes until mixture is "jammy"
                  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. If you like a chunkier texture, serve bacon jam as is. If you prefer a jammier texture, add 1/2 the bacon jam to a food processor and pulse several times to break down bacon. Stir together with unprocessed half and serve. Yields an approximate 1 1/4 cups of bacon jam and will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one week. Rewarm gently prior to use once it has been chilled.
                  Burgers
                  1. Preheat grill to medium high.
                  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Weight ground chuck into 6 ounce portions. Form each portion into 4 1/2"-4 3/4"patties using a press or your hands, making sure not to overwork the meat. Using your thumb, make an indent in the centre of each pattie. Place formed patties onto parchment lined tray and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkle both sides generously with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
                  3. Place patties onto grill and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium or 140-145℉. Flip patties only once. Remove from heat onto a plate and top with cheese. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for about 3 minutes, giving the meat time to rest and the cheese time to melt.
                  4. While burgers are resting, toast buns and warm bacon jam. Assemble burgers with bacon jam and other toppings as desired and serve immediately.

                  Grilled Steak Salad

                  Grilled Steak Salad

                  Grilled Steak Salad is just that!  Tender, juicy, spiced rubbed steak thinly sliced and served with crisp mixed greens, goat cheese and zesty Catalina dressing.  It’s low in carbs, high in protein and filling enough for lunch or dinner.  

                  For this recipe I used sirloin steaks that were about 1” thick.  They’re relatively lean and price friendly compared to their classy cousin the tenderloin. Either steak works here, choose what suits your mood and budget.  Fattier cuts like ribeyes are not the best option even though all that marbling makes for the ultimate juicy grilled steak, it sorta defeats the purpose of eating a salad for the main course.  Kinda like drinking diet pop while eating a hamburger and fries. I’m sure you get my point. 

                  Of great importance is to “rest” the meat.  The resting allows all the juices to be reabsorbed back into the muscle of the meat, helping to retain its moisture and therefore tenderness and juiciness.  Cutting a steak or roast without letting it rest will spill out all the meat juices that have accumulated towards the centre of the meat from the heat of cooking.

                  Once your steak is cooked and rested to perfection, those slightly charred and thinly sliced pieces are fantastic drizzled with a vibrant Catalina dressing.  Of course homemade is preferred and you can get the recipe here Catalina Dressing  It’s easier than you think and you probably have everything on hand already.  Enjoy!

                  Recipe source for Grilled Steak Salad:  Compelled To Cook

                  Grilled Steak Salad
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 people 25 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 people 25 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10 minutes
                    Grilled Steak Salad
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 people 25 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 people 25 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      1. In a small bowl stir together first 10 ingredients. Sprinkle steaks generously on both sides with spice rub, pressing gently to slightly adhere. Drizzle with oil and rub paste evenly over steak. Cover and set aside at room temperature while grill preheats.
                      2. Preheat grill to medium high.
                      3. Clean and dry mixed greens ( I like to use a salad spinner). Clean and slice vegetables, subbing in others as you like.
                      4. Grill steak to desired doneness. 4-5 minutes per side for a medium 1" steak. It will depend on thickness of steak. Remove steak and cover with foil and allow to rest at least 5 minutes.
                      5. While steak rests, arrange mixed greens on plate and top with sliced vegetables and crumbled goat cheese.
                      6. Slice steak across the grain and arrange on salad. Drizzle with Catalina dressing and serve immediately.
                      Recipe Notes

                      I recommend using homemade dressing, you just can't beat it.  Here's a link to my Catalina Dressing.

                      Catalina Dressing

                       

                      Hearty Hamburger Soup

                      Hearty Hamburger Soup

                      Hearty Hamburger Soup is loaded with barley, veggies and ground beef. A great soup with tons of flavour and almost stew like. It’s a soup you’ll be making again and again. A super simple recipe that makes a huge pot, and like most simmered things, it actually tastes better the next day after the flavours really meld together.

                      While there’s plenty of hamburger soup recipes out there, this one comes from my little collection of Best of Bridge cookbooks. They’re old and dated but contain some great everyday recipes that are simple and easy to make. Plus they have cute little quotes at the bottom of each recipe, invoking a smile every time I flip through them.

                      Although I am not a huge fan of using canned soup to make soup, I can’t help but love the rich flavour the consommé brings to this hearty pot of goodness. It’s a delicious soup and a wonderful meal served with crusty bread. Enjoy!

                      Recipe for Hearty Hamburger Soup adapted from The Best of Bridge

                       

                      Hearty Hamburger Soup
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                        Servings Prep Time
                        10 people 15 minutes
                        Cook Time
                        2 1/4 hours
                        Servings Prep Time
                        10 people 15 minutes
                        Cook Time
                        2 1/4 hours
                        Hearty Hamburger Soup
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                          Servings Prep Time
                          10 people 15 minutes
                          Cook Time
                          2 1/4 hours
                          Servings Prep Time
                          10 people 15 minutes
                          Cook Time
                          2 1/4 hours
                          Ingredients
                          Servings: people
                          Instructions
                          1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook, breaking apart until starting to brown. Drain any visible fat. Add garlic and onion and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
                          2. Add remaining ingredients to pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer on low for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
                          Recipe Notes

                          I used Campbells brand soups in this recipe.  Makes about 4 litres of soup and freezes very well.