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Steak House Salad for Summer

It seems like summer’s been here for a while already. Even though Memorial Day weekend started off cool, we had quite the heat wave last week with high temperatures and humidity. With the high temperatures, no one really wants to spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner. That’s why salads are my go to dinner option in the summer. If you’re looking for a hearty and delicious salad, give this steak house salad a try.

To start, cut 1 onion in half then thinly slice. I like to use a sweet onion like Vidalia, but any will do. Cook the onion in 2 tablespoons over medium high heat until soft and brown, probably 5-10 minutes.onionsfried onionsWhile the onions are cooking, chop 1 head romaine lettuce into bite size pieces, then add to a large bowl. Add 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half. lettucegrape tomatoeslettuce and tomatoWhen the onions are cooked, pour them over the lettuce and tomatoes. Heat a grill pan, or the pan you just used for the onions if you don’t want to dirty too many dishes, or better yet the grill, over medium high heat. Season a few steaks (I used 3) with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook just a few minutes on each side until cooked on the outside but still pink in the center. I used New York strip, but feel free to use your favorite cut of steak. Once cooked, set them on a cutting board to rest.with onionssteakrestingMake the dressing. Start with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard. Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and whisk to combine. Next add 3 tablespoons olive oil, and whisk until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.DijonbalsamicdressingPour the dressing over the salad, then top with 4 oz crumbled blue cheese. Mix to combine. To serve, slice the steak. Serve the salad in large bowls and top with slices of steak.adding dressingblue cheesemixedslicedIf you’re looking for a summer salad that’s also filling and flavorful, this is the one. The combinations of fried onions and steak are perfect together. Combine the blue cheese, and it’s just perfect. And, to top it all off, with a good amount of protein, you won’t be craving a snack in an hour, I promise! 🙂

Delicious Steak with Blackberry Sauce

Things have finally settled down at the house, and that has meant I’ve been able to do some cooking again. While I love the new kitchen, the granite counters, large island, beautiful views of the woods, I am not thrilled about the electric stove. Yes, I said it, I now have an electric stove. 😦 I’ve always had gas, and, I’ll admit, I miss it. There is so much to be said for being able to really control the heat. However, I am adjusting and trying to get by. Thankfully, gas or electric didn’t matter this past weekend for some steaks with a blackberry sauce.kitchenThis recipe comes from The Deen Brothers. I remember years ago watching the recipe on Paula Deen‘s show on the Food Network, and we headed to the grocery store right away to make it. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint then, and it doesn’t disappoint today!

To start, you’ll need 4 steaks, about 6 oz each. The recipe calls for filet mignon, which is great if you have it, but any steak that you would cook on the stove will do. We used New York strip for this one. Salt and pepper the steaks. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the steaks for about 4 minutes on each side for medium. My saute pan is not that big, so I had to do this in a few batches, which is fine. Just add more oil if you need it. Transfer the steaks to a plate and keep warm while you prepare the sauce.steaksseared steaksUsing the same pan, saute 1/4 cup chopped shallots for a few minutes until translucent. Add 1/2 cup dry red wine and deglaze the pan. Let the wine reduce by half for a few minutes, then add 1 cup beef broth and 3 tablespoons seedless blackberry jam. Allow the sauce to boil for a few minutes while the preserves melt and the sauce reduces by half. Add 2 tablespoons butter, and season with salt and pepper. Top the steaks with fresh blackberries, and pour the sauce over both. shallotscooked shallotswinejambutterblackberriessteak and blackberriesThe slightly sweet sauce with the rich wine and beef flavor works great with the steaks. It has become one of our go-to meals, especially when you want something a little nicer. It’s perfect with a simple risotto or some mashed potatoes. You want something that will soak up that sauce! 🙂

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