Sunday, February 15, 2009

Love Bites

Jordan and I stayed in last night and I cooked dinner. We used to go out to eat on V-day but were not really happy with the quality of our meals. Seems like the restaurants have items that they can mass produce because they are so busy.

Last night I made Tarragon Beef Tournedo Salad.

Ingredients Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp minced shallots
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:
4 cups spring mix salad greens
8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
4 thin slices baguette (we ended up making more - 8 total)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
8 oz beef tenderloin cut into 4 slices, 1/2 inch thick
salt and pepper
2 large eggs


Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

Divide the salad greens, tomatoes and olives between two plates. Meanwhile bring a small saucepan of water to simmer over medium heat to poach the eggs.

Drizzle each baguette slice with 1 tsp olive oil. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, toast bread on both sides, about 3 minutes total. Remove to salad plates. wipe skillet clean with paper towel.

Season steaks with salt and pepper. I also seasoned with season salt and lemon pepper seasoning. Add remaining oil to to skillet and saute steaks 2-3 minutes on each side for rare. Our steaks were a little thicker than 1/2 inch so we had to cook longer than 3 minutes per side. Probably 6 minutes per side. Place steaks on toast.

Poach eggs in gently simmering water until whites are firm, about 3 minutes. Remove eggs with slotted spoon. Briefly dry poached eggs by carefully rolling them in a paper towel. Top steak slices with egg.

Drizzle each salad - greens mixture, baguette, steak slices, and egg - with 2 Tbsp tarragon vinaigrette. (I didn't measure the dressing, just poured it on.)

It was a very easy meal with great flavor. I'll make this again - from start to finish it only took me about 40 minutes. Hope you had a very nice Valentine's Day yesterday, whatever you did!

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