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beefbolognese

I grew up on good old fashioned spaghetti sauce. One weekend when I was in college I went home and my dad served beef bolognese.  It was incredible! I found myself craving it and asking for it when I came home to visit.

My dad emailed me the recipe a couple years ago and it’s now one of my favorite “comfort food” Italian dishes to make. While I still love basic spaghetti sauce and keep it in the freezer at all times, I’m glad to have this in the repertoire and make it a few times a year.

Beef Bolognese
(Recipe source my Dad)

Ingredients:

1 -3  tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1-2 stalks celery, diceed
1 carrot,  shredded
3-4  cloves garlic, minced
1/4 pound pancetta, chopped
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup red wine
1 cup whole milk
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 14½-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tablespoon dried
About 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook ground beef until browned. Drain and set aside.

Wipe out Dutch oven and heat the oil. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook for about 5-8 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften and onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the pancetta and cook for 5 minutes, then add the beef back to the pot. Add the wine and the remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes. (Note, the longer it cooks, the better it gets. Leftovers are even better).

Serve with cooked  tagliatelle or thin spaghetti pasta . Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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baconwrappedfilet

We went to Bruno’s on Sunday afternoon to get a movie from the DVD Express box. There was a hand written sign taped to the door that read, “Visit our meat department today!” That was all the encouragement that Brandon needed. The next thing I knew we had bypassed the movie kiosk and were checking out the meat department. They actually were having a great sale and one of the things that we came home with were some tasty looking filets.

We have a ton going on this week and last night was our only night at home together for dinner. Bacon wrapped filet on a Tuesday? I’ll take it.

Brandon did this on the Big Green Egg. I thought he did a nice job with the grill marks and it was cooked perfectly medium rare! He used the famous “T-Rex Method” on the steaks. Check it out if you’re not familiar!

Bacon Wrapped Filet
(Recipe source Bakin’ and Eggs)

Ingredients:

2 6 oz filets
4 slices of bacon
Cooking spray
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Rub steaks with olive oil and coat generously with salt and pepper. (Do not put the bacon on at this time.)

You want the Egg really hot to sear the steaks to get the grill marks. Preheat to about 700 degrees (or as hot as you can get a standard grill). Sear steak on both sides for 90 seconds with the lid up. Remove from grill and let rest for 20 minutes. Bring grill temperature down to 400 degrees.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and placing a wire rack over it. Spray rack with cooking spray and place bacon slices on it. Bake bacon for about 10 minutes, turning once halfway through. You don’t want your bacon fully cooked as it will finish cooking during the final grill.

Wrap bacon around steaks, securing with toothpicks or cooking twine. On slice of bacon probably won’t fit around the steak so you’ll most likely need two slices.

Return steaks to grill (with temperature reduced to 400) and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 125 degrees for medium rare. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving to allow juices to redistribute.

Yield: 2 servings

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Greek Night with Keftedes

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We love Greek food and were really craving it tonight. There is an amazing Greek restaurant a couple blocks from our house that we love. Unfortunately, after the holidays we’re on a bit of a budget so we decided to have our own Greek feast at home.

One of my favorite blogs for Greek food is Elly Says Opa! There was a post of her top 30 of 2008 in my Google Reader today and I starred this Greek meatball recipe. It was perfect for tonight.

I served the meatballs with Greek salad, wild rice and hummus with pita bread. It was a great dinner and we have plenty of leftovers. I’ll be making this again for sure!

Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
(Recipe source Elly Says Opa!)

Ingredients:

1 slice of bread
milk
1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 an onion, finely diced or grated
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
1 heaping tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
flour, for dredging
olive oil, for pan frying

Directions:

Place slice of bread in a bowl and pour milk over. Allow bread to soak up milk as you are prepping other ingredients. Squeeze the bread to get rid of some of the milk, and then discard the remaining milk, keeping just the soggy bread.

Add the beef, egg, onion, garlic, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper to the bread. Mix everything together, careful not to over mix.  Then, shape into meatballs–any size you want. Mine were around 1-1 1/2 inch around.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add some olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Dredge the meatballs in flour, shaking off the excess. When the oil is hot, add meatballs and pan fry until cooked through (working in batches, if necessary). Mine took around 4 minutes per side, flipping halfway through.

I placed them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain before serving.

Greek Salad Dressing
(Recipe source my parents)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a jar. Shake and chill. This recipe can be cut in half or quartered for smaller serving.

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steaksandblog

We were seriously overdosed on turkey and while menu planning this week, steak sandwiches sounded great. I got the inspiration for this sandwich from Cooking Light but didn’t follow the recipe much at all when I was cooking. These turned out great and we have tons of steak leftover for lunches.

Also, this recipe will be the FIRST featuring the Big Green Egg – WooHoo!!!

Open Faced Steak Sandwiches with Horseradish Sauce
(Inspired by Cooking Light)

Ingredients:

STEAK
1 lb steak (flank, strip, ribeye – your choice)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp freshly ground pepper

HORSERADISH SAUCE
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 cup light sour cream

SANDWICH
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, sliced thinly
1 cup baby greens
Thick bread slices (texas toast, Italian or French bread – your choice)
Steak, thinly sliced diagonally across the grain
Horseradish sauce

Directions:
Mix together steak marinade ingredients in a bowl with a wisk. Place steak in a large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over steak. Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove the steak from the fridge and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Place cast iron grate on Big Green Egg (not required, but nice if you want the pretty char marks). Preheat grill to 400 degrees, about 20-30 minutes. Spray grate with nonstick cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Place steak on grill and cook with lid down about 8 minutes per side, rotating 90 degrees after 4 minutes on each side to get char marks. For medium rare, pull steak when the temperature registers 115-120 in the thickest part. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing to allow juices to redistribute.

Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Mix together horseradish sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet (I used cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Onions are ready when they have broken down and are a nice golden color.

To assemble the sandwiches lightly toast bread. Spread horseradish sauce on bread and layer baby greens. Place sliced steak over baby greens and top with onions and another dollop of the horseradish sauce.

I served these with homemade oven fries and mixed baby greens.

Check out those grill marks!

Check out those grill marks!

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Chili

What better way to get started than with a tried and true recipe of my Dad’s? Chili! Brandon usually starts asking for chili as soon as football season starts but I’m one of those people who just can’t do chili until it gets cold out – and in the South, who knows when that will be? Lucky for Brandon, it got chilly pretty early this year so I made a big pot of chili while he enjoyed Sunday NFL football.

And check out the special ingredient you add in the last 10 minutes of cooking…who’d of thought?

Chili
(Source: My Dad)

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
1 large onion
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can, 3/4 full of water
3-4 tbsp chili powder (to taste)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
16 oz kidney beans (I like dark red)
1-2 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:
In a dutch oven or heavy pan, brown meat and onions. Drain well and wipe out pan. Add all ingredients except for cocoa powder and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for another 15-30 minutes. Add cocoa powder 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with your choice of chili condiments – we like hot sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese and crushed saltine crackers.

Cornbread is great on the side – either plain or mix in some chopped jalapenos and cheddar cheese.

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