Hi! The gluten-free husband is here again to share a special treat I made for you!
My latest culinary achievement. Ok, achievement might be too strong, lets just call it a “next step”. So, Jenn and I have inadvertently started a tradition with our birthdays. If it’s your birthday, you pick your own dinner – exactly what you want, and then you make it for everyone (everyone being me and Jenn). I don’t know how this started, but it seems to be the way of things now and I like getting to flex my kitchen muscles from time to time. When thinking about what to cook, I decided to go back to what I know. One of my favorite things to do is to cook meat with lots of flavorful, smoky marinades and use that device that is God’s gift to meat lovers everywhere, the grill. I have to say, living en Suisse embraces the bbq life quite well – sunny days are all about grilling out, often with lots of locally made cured meats – complete heaven if you ask me. However, while we finally have a balcony now, we haven’t gotten a grill yet and so my grilling adventures will have to wait for a future dinner. That being said, for my birthday, I wanted to stick to my carnivorous ways and make something Jenn doesn’t cook much of – a manly steak of beef with a rich Asian marinade (and all photography in this post is done by yours truly).
The food en Suisse has not been the only heavenly thing we’ve experienced. Nothing, not even a special birthday dinner, where I get to make whatever my heart (err… stomach) desires, can compare to the amazing landscapes and sights when hiking around the Alps. I still cannot get over some of the great sights we have seen, and we’ve had so much fun together building memories with each other and with friends. Sometimes it’s just us, alone, not another soul around, and we can just be, together. And sometimes it’s your friends trying to evade the stubborn mountain sheep.
But back to the food! Ever since we moved here, we have been introduced to true fondue, rösti, sausages from each canton (still working on trying them all), all the specialty cheeses and some of the great tasting Swiss beef. Maybe it’s because of the big cheerful bells that ring as they meander on the hillsides. And so I present to you my birthday dinner, tasty succulent marinated steak and simple boiled potatoes. I hope you enjoy!
Also submitted to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays
Ingredients (2 servings):
1/3 c. gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 tbs. sweet red chile sauce
pepper to taste
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 steaks, your favorite cut
about 2 tbs. Dijon mustard
½ lb. fingerling potatoes
handful mushrooms, sliced
4 tbsp. butter
1. Combine soy sauce, sweet chile sauce, pepper, lemon, and garlic in a medium bowl. Pour half of the mixture into a sealable plastic bag.
2. Take your favorite cut of meat and coat it thinly with the Dijon mustard.
3. Place the steak in the plastic bag and remove as much air as possible. Refrigerate 1-2 hrs.
4. Thirty minutes before taking the steak out of the fridge, boil water in a medium pot and add the potatoes to start cooking. When they are done (and you can easily pierce a fork through them), drain and set aside.
5. Heat up a skillet, and melt 2 tbsp. butter. Sauté sliced mushrooms until browning, and set aside. This will be topping on the steaks.
6. Heat the skillet on med-high heat, melting the rest of the butter. Brown the steak quickly on all sides. Then add the remaining unused half of the marinade to the skillet, and allow the meat to cook on medium-low heat until reaching desired doneness. The marinade will thicken a bit too.
7. Plate steaks and top with thickened cooked marinade and the sautéed mushrooms. Add potatoes on the side.