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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 10, Day 2

Grilled Sirloin with Madeira Sauce
Polenta with Fresh Herbs
Butter Braised Green Beans

Cooking time:  30 minutes, plus 5 earlier          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Marinate the steak at least 3 hours, longer if it's a tougher cut.  A round steak, could use 24 hours. for example.

Grilled Sirloin with Madeira Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes      plus marinating time 
    This makes a great dinner party dish: Use a larger, cheaper cut of meat, about 1 1/2" (4cm)  thick, and marinate 8 - 12 hours.  The rest of the ingredients can be doubled (I actually 'halved' everything for this version for 2)  You can also make more and serve the leftovers with pasta.  

Grilled Sirloin with Madeira Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Polenta with Fresh Herbs

Preparation and cooking time:   15 minutes, assuming quick-cooking polenta
     This is a simple polenta dish, allowing the flavors of the fresh herbs to dominate.  Check the package directions for quantity proportions. It should be like soft mashed potatoes.

Polenta with Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Butter Braised Green Beans

Total time: 20 minutes  
     This is the easiest and freshest way to serve just-picked green beans. The olive oil keeps the butter from burning and the beans give off enough liquid when covered to braise nicely without sticking.

Butter Braised Green Beans Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes, plus 5 earlier
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, whisk, small bowl, 2 small saucepans,
medium skillet with lid, dish for marinating
Earlier in the day, at least 3 hours
Make marinade for steak
Put steak in dish, add marinade, cover, refrigerate
Dinner Time:
Remove steak, allow to come to room temperature
Turn on/light barbecue grill
Snip/cut herbs
Top and tail beans, cut

Remove 1/4 marinade from dish with steak
Make Madeira sauce, cover, remove from heat
Heat chicken stock for polenta
Sauté beans
Start to cook steak
Add polenta to stock, whisk
Add herbs, cover, let rest
Turn steak
Cover beans, braise
Check steak, remove if done, let rest
Finish polenta, beans
Slice steak
Serve

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