Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fast Sunday Dinner

I was watching the Food Network a couple of days ago and Giada (Everyday Italian) was making what her family likes to eat when they watch awards shows. It looked like such a fun and delicious dinner, so I decided to make it today for Sunday dinner. It was so good & really fun to eat. You cook the meat for a long time and then slice it and serve it will 2 sauces. I think it would be a great dish for a party. Instead of making the salsa verde sauce she made I made a chimichuri sauce. It was good, but super garlicy. Matt and I both thought that the meat was best with the gorgonzola sauce and the chimichuri was good with french bread dipped in it! I also made the macaroni and cheese that I already posted on here, but instead of making it the normal way I sauteed some baby bella mushrooms and spinach and added them in. It was really good. Then for dessert I made a blueberry and peach cobbler. I was using evaporated milk a few days ago and noticed a super easy cobbler recipe on the back of the can of milk so I decided to try it. It was not the best cobbler I've ever had, I think I will add some sugar to the mixture next time. But it was super super easy.

Bollito Misto

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Prep Time:
40 min
Inactive Prep Time:
hr min
Cook Time:
2 hr 40 min


8 to 10 servings


* 4 pounds beef brisket or top round
* Salt and freshly ground pepper
* 4 cups beef stock or broth
* About 4 cups water, enough to cover the beef
* 2 onions, peeled and quartered
* 4 celery stalks, cut in 1/2
* 1 bay leaf
* 4 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
* 1 pound small boiling potatoes
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* Gorgonzola Sauce, recipe follows
* Salsa Verde, recipe follows


Heat a large braising pot over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Sear the beef, browning it on both sides, about 5 minutes a side. Carefully add the stock and enough water to just cover the meat. Add the onion, celery, and bay leaf. Bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook until the meat is tender, about another hour. Carefully lift out the meat, place on a cutting board, and cover with foil. Strain the vegetables from the stock. Discard the celery, onion, and bay leaf. Arrange the carrots and potatoes on a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Continue cooking the stock uncovered over medium heat until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the meat against the grain, on an angle. Arrange the meat alongside the carrots and potatoes on the platter. When the stock has reduced, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to a gravy dish. Serve the Bollito Misto with the gravy and bowls of the Gorgonzola Sauce and the Salsa Verde.
Gorgonzola Sauce:

4 ounces Gorgonzola

2 cups mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth. Serve in a side dish.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups

Spicy Salsa Verde:

1 cup chopped parsley leaves, about 1 bunch

2 shallots, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped capers

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons hot sauce, or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

In a bowl, stir all the ingredients together until combined. Serve in a side dish.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Chimichurri Sauce

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 12
"This famous Argentinean sauce is perfect for any grilled foods. My catering customers love this sauce on garlic crostini with grilled flank steak slices."
1 cup fresh parsley
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon pepper sauce, such as
Franks® Red Hot® or Tabasco™
1. Place the parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, cumin, salt, garlic and hot pepper sauce into the container of a blender or food processor. Blend for about 10 seconds on medium speed, or until ingredients are evenly blended.

Hill Country Fair - Mom's Easy Fruit Cobbler
1 c pancake mix
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
3 c drained canned fruit (peaches, pineapples or apples)
1/2 c chopped pecans (optional, I didn't use)
1/4 c sugar

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a bowl combine pancake mix and evaporated milk. Stir well. Pour mixture into baking dish.
3. Arrange drained fruit evenly over milk mixture. Sprinkle fruit with pecans and sugar.
4. Bake for 30 mins.

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