So, when I got home, after devouring a Sumo Navel orange, I set about making a saute for the vegetables that will go along with the beef. This is a dish that really needs no recipe, you just keep adding until it tastes right, but for those of you who need some coaching, try this out. Try adding zucchini for the eggplant, and other color peppers.
Eggplant, Pepper, Onion Saute
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
One large sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia, thinly sliced
3 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium yellow or red peppers, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms (your choice--cremini, white, chanterelle, morel)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped (the herbs can vary, if you like rosemary, it's terrific in this, so are basil, or oregano)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup tomato puree, or crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat, and saute the onion, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms and thyme, until the onions begin to color, and turn translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, and add the vinegar, allow the vinegar to evaporate and add the tomatoes and parsley, simmering for another 5 minutes.
- Taste for seasoning and serve as a side dish or garnish for grilled seafood, steak, lamb or chicken. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
- This is delicious leftover and folded into an omelet with Brie cheese.
For the beef, I made a marinade with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, thyme, garlic and bay leaf.
Pour the marinade into a zipper top plastic bag, and add the beef. Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat the gas grill for 10 minutes, and grill for 5 minutes on each side, until rare to medium rare. Don't overcook this meat, it will be like jerky.
Now you're talking!
Dr. C. was very happy to have this plate tonight.....I sprinkled a bit of Parmigiano over the eggplant saute to give it a bit of personality.
Day two of week two of the Money Pit ended with tile in the water closet, and all of the master bath area. Tomorrow tile and glass tiles will go in the shower, and paint in the kids' bathroom. I'll be back tomorrow with some progress notes, and probably a recipe or two. Have a great Wednesday!