Thursday, December 3, 2009

Steak and Fries!

I love red meat! I am a Texan what can I say... When strolling through my new favorite website, Pioneer Woman, I found a recipe that I was easy and looked delicious. Jeffrey was coming home last night so I wanted to cook him a good meal. I made Steak and baked Fries with Garlic and Basil. The steak turned out pretty good. I cooked it about a minute too long, but this was my first time, hopefully next time it will work out better. But that wasn't the bad part...we do not have a venalator so I tried opening all the windows and the back door while cooking, but my house still smells like steak..eww!

2 Ribeye Steaks
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Lemon Pepper

Season the steaks with the Lawry's and Lemon Pepper. I used too much and the seasonings burned, therefore I had to scratch off the burned seasoning from the meat at the end, so do not over season....

Heat your grill pan and rub about 1/4 stick of butter on the pan. Let it cook for about 10 seconds.

Put the steaks on the pan and cook for about 1 and 45 seconds. Then rotate the steak 90 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes. This will leave criss cross grill marks (you can't see them well on my steak because of the burned seasoning...)

Turn the steak over and repeat.

Take the steak off the grill and let sit for about 1 and 1/2 minutes before serving so that the juices will settle.

Like I said my steaks didn't look very pretty, but they tasted good. Don't stress if you mess up when cooking, so many people won't try new recipes because they are afraid of messing up. I think it is fun to learn what you did wrong and fix it next time. Also, if you haven't noticed already I do not measure most of my ingredients, I just estimate. I HATE baking, because you have to be precise about measuring!

Baked Fries with Basil and Garlic
1 large baking potato
olive oil
lawry's seasoning salt
minced garlic
fresh basil

Turn on the oven to 400
Wash the potato. Slice the potato into fry shape pieces. If you like your fries thick make them thicker. I like my fries crunchy so I make them thin. I like the skins so I leave them on, you can peel them if you want to.

Put potato slices into a bowl and pour olive oil in a stir. Use enough oil to coat the potatos.

Spray a baking pan with Pam. Spread potatoes out in a single layer on pan. Use Lawry's salt all over and mix. (I used regular salt last night and something didn't taste right, I remembered later that I was supposed to use lawry's..)

Cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
While cooking mix 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 Tb of minced garlic, and about 6 big Basil leaves of thinly sliced (I use kitchen scissors, soo much easier).

Remove the potatoes from the oven and turn each one over, then bottom side should be slightly golden brown.

Use a basting brush to top the basil and garlic topping on the fries. Making sure each fry gets some topping. Sprinkle with more Lawry's seasoning

Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes. All ovens are different so make sure that the fries are golden on both sides and not too brown.
If you would like, add more sliced basil. Taste and see if you need more salt.

I served these one year at a Fourth of July event and they were gobbled up, even the guys loved them!

Update on Christmas tree!
I was not too excited about my tree this year. Usually I have a very girlie tree with pink, turquise, and purple, sparkles, feather boas, the works! But now that I am married I decided Jeffrey wouldn't like the girlie stuff and made a more grown up tree. It was boring... When I was home my mom had this awesome ribbon from Jonnie's (a home decor store in Odessa) that made the tree look soo cute. My grandmother, Gongie, works at Jonnie's so she got me some and now our tree looks adorable!!

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