An Early Holiday Feast

It seems fitting that my final post of 2010 be all about la gourmandise. Kevin and I have a week with family and friends lined up for the holidays, so last night we decided to have a holiday party for two. We wanted steak, and then thought up tasty things to go along with it. It ended up being a party in the oven, as everything got roasted at some point.

The baked potato was simple enough, 375F for 45 minutes, remember to poke them a few times, rub the skin with olive oil and just put them right on the oven rack. Crispy skin, fluffy insides. Next, roasted butternut squash wedges, coated in olive oil, sprinkled with some Italian seasoning. They joined the potatoes for 30 minutes.

Then, things got a bit more complicated (and the oven got significantly hotter). The roasted mushrooms with garlic butter needed 450F for about 20 minutes, and the steak needed to get finished in the oven for 5-10 minutes. A juggling of oven racks occurred.

This steak method is perfection when you can’t BBQ (or maybe even better than BBQ’d). Buy a good cut of meat, sear both sides of the steak on the stove, meanwhile saute a few cloves of minced garlic in 2 tbsp of butter, then stir a handful of fresh parsley into it. Once the steak is seared, transfer it to a baking sheet, pour over the butter and parsley mixture, and put it in a 450F oven for 5 to 10 minutes. The steak will be perfectly medium rare, and the butter-parsley combo will remind you of an expensive steakhouse. The roasted mushrooms also help the fantasy.

This meaty, buttery feast was heaven, and was accomplished for less than $20, something I cannot say of any steakhouse. To finish up the extreme decadence, home made brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce. The best thing about making a feast like this is sitting in your comfies on the couch after, thinking of all the money you saved. And what a fabulous chef you clearly are.

Cheers to the coming week of holiday indulgence!

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