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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).
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.
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.
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.
Note: You could also bake longer in a slower oven - 90 minutes at 350F (180C)
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.
Cooking Schedule: 75 minutes for menu
Sauté shallots, garlic, thyme for steak