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Mar 26 2009

Meat and Potatoes For a Change

Published by at 10:57 pm under Cooking at Home

I think after a whirlwind of seafood meals, we were ready to eat some land animals – specifically the New York Steak. I still don’t know why they call it “New York” – does anyone know? Anyhow, it was something we had on hand, along with nice yellow potatoes & asparagus, so we whipped up this meal in about 40 minutes!

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For those who don't know, this is a Pommes Anna that we created with the potatoes. It's a classic French dish of sliced, layered potatoes. We used a mandolin to get the perfectly even slices, then layered it in a pan. Every layer is buttered and seasoned, as seen.

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The Pommes Anna is cooked over the stove at medium high heat for about 10 minutes until browned. Then it's flipped upside down onto a baking tray and put into the oven for another 30 minutes. When it's done, it will have a really nice soft texture, but with a crunch from the browned edges.

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Meanwhile, we prepared the red wine reduction sauce for the steak. Saute half an onion until soft, then pour in your preferred red wine. We also added a small amount of veal stock concentrate for a different flavor. Let it simmer and reduce to au sec (it's a French term for "almost dry"). Finally, mount with a tablespoon of butter to give it a silky consistency. When adding the butter, remember to turn the heat off while swirling the pan to keep the butter and sauce from separating.

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At last, throw the steaks on a smoking-hot pan and sear both sides of the steak for about 2-3 minutes, then finish off in the oven at 350 degrees. The time varies depending on the size and cut of the steak, and also whether you like it rare or well-done. That's all up to you!

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I'm not a meat-and-potatoes kinda girl, but I definitely welcomed this meal with opened arms. It was a great combination of flavors that definitely filled the void in our stomachs.

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2 Responses to “Meat and Potatoes For a Change”

  1. Kaityon 27 Mar 2009 at 9:13 am

    We need to come over for dinner.

  2. thefoodaddictson 27 Mar 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Kaity, you’re welcomed to fly across the country to have dinner with us anytime!

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