Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Steak with Sara and Eric

Sara and Eric own Red Bank Wine, and they generously provided the wine for the evening. And when I say generous, I mean GENEROUS. They brought some really good stuff - wines we would not have gotten to try otherwise, believe me. We get all our wine from them, and they're both really good at matching wines and meals. So we went out Saturday afternoon to pick up wine and I collaborated with Eric on what they would like for dinner. He asked for beef, partly because he wanted to try out a couple of reds with it, and partly because we all just really dig beef.

So here was the menu:

Watermelon, Feta, and Kalamata Olive Salad with Mint and Lime juice
They brought a nice sparkling Rose for that. It was dry as a bone and went perfectly.

Seared Beef Tenderloin Filets
Roasted New Potatoes with Parmesan
Green Beans

The beef was done the way I love it - turn all three burners on the gas grill as high as they'll go, stick the cast iron skillet on there and let it heat up, then sear the bejeezus out of the salted and peppered filets on each side. Let 'em rest for about five minutes, then slice thinly and serve with some sea salt for sprinkling. The beef had that nice caramelized "crust" on the outside, and was rare and gorgeous on the inside. We tried two reds with it - both were wonderful. One was a really black-cherry juicy one and the other one was slightly sweeter, but both delicious.

We ate outside and talked about all kinds of stuff, including wine. We always learn so much from them. Then I started getting bitten by something and we headed back in the house for some ice cream with warm fruit compote. Really great evening and no, I was not hungover the next day. I tasted all, but partook modestly. And knocked back a couple of ibuprofen with a big glass of water before I went to bed. Ready to roll the next day!

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