Between marathon training, coaching two teams and just being busy – I haven’t really been cooking any extravagant meals lately. We very rarely have take-out or use frozen food products. So generally it is some sort of meat, starch and vegetable. I swear one week, we had BBQ’d Burgers three times (we love burgers!). But, now that I have some more time, I have been making better dinners.
This weekend at the store, I saw a nice cut of steak on sale at the local Farm Boy. I purchased the steak, along with some mushrooms, leeks and potatoes. I am also planning to cook my Chicken Leek dish (from a Jamie Oliver cookbook) sometime this week. But, the steak needed to be cooked first.
Usually we BBQ our steaks, but last night it was just cold, so I didn’t feel like cooking using the BBQ. Awhile back, I cooked a steak using a Julia Child recipe – basically cooking the steak in a pan, in butter. Not the healthiest way to cook a steak, but it certainly is yummy!
Basically, you just melt butter and cook the steak. I’m not sure of how many minutes per side I cooked the steak, maybe 5 minutes? I can tell if a steak is done by just touching it. For me, done = medium rare. I succeeded at that last night as my steak was cooked perfectly.
For a side dish, I also made mashed potatoes (potatoes, butter and milk) and this mushroom/leek dish. The mushroom and leeks had to be the best part (besides the steak). To make this side dish, I cooked the leeks first in a pan with butter and white wine. Then, I added some salt and pepper. After a few minutes, I added cremini mushrooms. I add more wine if the pan gets a little dry. Once the mushrooms are done, I add a few tablespoons of heavy cream to make a sauce. Absolute heaven – and again, probably not too healthy. But, if you know your Julia Child history, you would know that both her and her husband lived until they were 90+. So….?