The Gluten Free Husband Cooks Birthday Dinner – Asian Marinated Steaks

by Jenn on September 30, 2010

in Gluten Free,Meats

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.



the wicked noodle September 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm

What a fantastic tradition! Love it! And those steaks look super delish!

The Gluten Free Husband October 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thanks! The tasted fantastic.

Rosa October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

A wonderful meal! You are lucky to have a hubby who cooks…



Jenn October 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

Yes, I am very lucky indeed! He needs more self-confidence, he’s a better cook than he admits :)

sicl October 1, 2010 at 1:02 am

For years, I celebrated “Hobbit style”, where I celebrated everyone’s birthday on my birthdate (I don’t seem to remember when their birthdays are, so on my birthday, I would send out cards.)
I like this tradition.

The Gluten Free Husband October 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Nice! Seems easier than trying to keep up with everyone’s birthdays each year.

wheatfreemom October 1, 2010 at 1:46 am

Great job on the birthday meal!! i think it is great that you both embrace nurturing each other on your birthdays! Loved the photo of the Goat on the path!

The Gluten Free Husband October 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thank you! It is nice to do something a little different for your birthday.

InTolerantChef October 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

Happy Birthday! Our traddition for birthdays is that the birthday girl or boy gets to choose the Restaurant we eat at, kinda the opposite of yours. I guess cause I’m a chef it’s nice to have a night off, and this way the kiddies get whatever they want instead of being forcefed…I mean encouraged to try new and interesting foods when we eat out.

The Gluten Free Husband October 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I can see the similarities. A chance to so something out of the ordinary and try new things is always a good thing. Enjoy!

Anna October 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Happy Birthday! The meal looks delicious and love the photo of your mountain hike. Thanks for sharing.

The Gluten Free Husband October 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thank you! Hiking here is always an adventure. October 2, 2010 at 4:12 am

I love the idea of a birthday dinner of choice. That’s a fabulous idea!
I agree that you’re a very lucky girl to have a husband that can cook!
Great photos and post!!!

Jenn October 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Thanks! And yes, I am very lucky :)

Sophie October 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm

A grand gf birthday dish! The endresult looks truly appetizing!!


GFree_Miel October 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Oh my…steak and potatoes and mushrooms…YUM!
You two are too cute! It’s a great tradition to have. =)

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite October 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Gluten free husband, you are an inspiration!!!!!! Jenn is a lucky lucky girl!

Carla October 5, 2010 at 2:10 am

Wow! This sounds so delicious! The older I get the more spice I enjoy in my dishes. This one is right up my husband’s alley, as well as my own. Thanks for sharing.

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