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Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 10, Saturday

Spinach en Croute with Tomato Sauce
Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce
Potatoes Savoyard
Sautéed Sunchokes

Cooking time: 75 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        This is an easy dinner with parts that can be done in advance if you chose. The Spinach en Croute can be assembled, covered with film and refrigerated until baking time, the sauce can be made earlier and reheated and the potatoes can be cooked for longer in a slower oven (90 minutes at 350F (180C).

Spinach en Croute with Tomato Sauce  

Total time: 25 minutes
   En Croute is in a crust or case.  It's a wonderful way to cook a lot of foods, it can be assembled earlier and baked at the last minute and it's always impressive. Plus, if you buy the pastry, it's easy.  If made ahead, brush with egg just before baking.

spinach Ingredients:

Spinach en Croute with Tomato Sauce Instructions

Filet Mignon or Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
    This is based on a main course from years ago, at one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis.  They didn't give me the recipe.... The steaks are sliced thinly, for tenderloin, and cooked quickly to stay medium-rare.  Serve on a bed of mashed potatoes.

Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potatoes Savoyard

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Another recipe that I have been making so long the origin is lost.  I prefer it to the traditional gratin potatoes.  With out the milk and heavy cream it's much lighter in calories, but the Gruyère keeps it cheesy and the onions add another layer of flavor.    This makes enough for two meals... or 4 people.

Potatoes Savoyard Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  You could also bake longer in a slower oven - 90 minutes at 350F (180C)

Sautéed Sunchokes  

Total time: 30 minutes
   These are a fairly new vegetable for us.  They are just starting to come back to the markets now.  I love the flavor, they are easy to fix and keep well in the fridge - perfect winter vegetable. 

Sautéed Sunchokes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 75 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
baking sheet, medium bowl, rolling pin (?), small
saucepan, blender, large skillet, small skillet, baking
dish, medium saucepan , steamer basket, lid

Earlier in the day:
Thaw puff pastry if needed
       You can make the Spinach at any time and
keep in fridge until baking

Dinner:
Turn oven on 425F (215C), arrange 2 shelves
Slice onions, garlic, sauté
Slice cheese, potatoes
Assemble Savoyard, cover, bake
Thaw spinach
      30 minute break
Back? Turn oven down
Layout puff pastry, cut or roll as needed
Squeeze spinach dry
Beat egg, reserve 1 tbs
Mix spinach, ricotta, nutmeg, egg
Divide spinach, put on pastry,
Make parcels, set aside
Slice/chop all shallots
Mince all garlic

Sauté shallots, garlic, thyme for steak
Sauté shallots, garlic for tomato sauce
Add red wine to skillet for steak, reduce
Open, drain, chop tomatoes
Add tomatoes, herbs, sugar, vinegar to shallots
Cover, simmer
Add beef stock to red wine, reduce
Bake spinach, uncover potatoes
Peel sunchokes, steam
Dissolve cornstarch in milk, finish sauce for steak
Put sauce in bowl, wipe out skillet
Purée tomato sauce
Remove spinach
Turn oven off but leave potatoes in
Serve spinach with tomato sauce
Done? Melt butter in skillet for sunchokes
Add garlic, sage, sauté
Slice sunchokes, add to skillet, sauté
Heat oil in skillet for steaks
Fry steaks
Turn steaks
Add sauce, cover, heat
Remove potatoes, cut
Finish sunchokes
Put steaks on platter or plates, spoon sauce over
Serve

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