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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

and last but not least….

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dinner time

The main course! This is the final installment in the ‘birthday dinner for two’ series! As mentioned previously, hubs and I couldn’t decide what we wanted for dinner……beef or fish? After a little banter back and forth (the problem was that we both wanted both……) we decided to just get both. :) Easy-peasy.

Both tuna and fillet mignon are such that not a lot needs to be done. You don’t need a lot of fancy sauce, or complex marinades to get the best out of these ingredients. In keeping with our theme of simplicity, I opted to buy the best quality ingredients I could, and just let them speak for themselves. And they did. It was fantabulous.

Fillet Mignon with Truffled Wild Mushrooms
1 fillet mignon (I had a giant one – nearly a pound!)
6 oz mixed mushrooms
1 T olive oil
2 t garlic (or 2 cloves)
½ c. red wine
½ c. beef broth
¼ c. light cream
½ t truffle oil
steak spice (salt free)

1. Sprinkle steak spice on fillet. Grill fillet to desired doneness (ours took a heck of a long time……..). Do not overcook it as it will become very tough.
giant fillet mignon

2. Meanwhile, head olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms. Let mushrooms cook about 7 minutes, until they are almost finished releasing their juices.
mixed wild mushrooms

3. Add wine and broth. Allow to simmer until almost evaporated.

4. Stir in cream and truffle oil (you could use whipping cream, but I’m trying to be healthy……)….

5. Top fillet mignon with mushrooms. YUM.
perfectly grilled tenderloin

Sesame-crusted tuna with wasabi drizzle
tuna steak

1 large tuna steak (sushi-grade – it should be a deep, deep pink)
sesame seeds (black ones would be even better)

1.5 T wasabi powder
¼ c. water
1 t sesame oil
1 T canola oil
2 T honey
1 t minced ginger
2 T soy sauce

1. Combine wasabi powder with water until well blended.

2. Whisk in sesame oil, canola oil, honey, ginger and soy sauce.
honey going into wasabi sauce

3. Preheat a grill pan to medium-high heat. Oil the pan.

4. Cover one side of tuna with sesame seeds.

5. Place tuna on grill pan, sesame side down. Sprinkle seeds on top of the tuna.

6. After 4-5 minutes, flip tuna.
seared tuna

7. Tuna should be left medium-rare to get maximum flavour. Mine ended up a little more well-done than that as I was trying to keep it warm while the tenderloin cooked!
tuna....not as perfect

Grilled Veggies
2 summer squash
2 zucchini

¾ t salt, ½ t pepper
¼ c. olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T coarse mustard
1 t sugar

1. Wash and cut zucchini and summer squash into large chunks.
zucchini and summer squash

2. Combine vinaigrette ingredients.

3. Toss squash in vinaigrette, then grill for about 10 minutes (flipping often) to desired doneness. You can brush more marinade as you cook, but beware that the olive oil makes it a bit flammable………
grilling zucchini and summer squash

This is such a smokey and summery dish. It’s fantastic. Easy, quick and doesn’t heat up your house.

Overall, both of us stuffed ourselves silly with this. It’s delicious, relatively quick and oh so tasty. I think everyone should treat themselves to a split entrée once in a while!

1 comment:

Samantha said...

I am so going to your house for dinner!

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