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Emeril’s Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

I’m popping back into my little space on the interwebs to tell you that I’m working on a very exciting project that I can’t quite share yet, but I will very soon! Insert all the excited face emojis!!

Until then, cheesesteak. Now, I’m aware that Philadelphians have this passionate raging debate about who makes the best cheesesteaks in town, and how they are supposed to made, and which cheese or something? I’m begging ignorance. I really have no idea how all that is supposed to work. I’ve never done the slightest bit of searching for those answers or forming any of my own opinions. I mean, I’m already a Dallas Cowboys fan who married into a large extended family of Philadelphia Eagles fans, so I really don’t think it’s in my best interest to go around starting cheesesteak fights on top of that.

So when a craving hit, I decided to just trust Emeril and figure his version would be awesome. Good instincts on my part, I must say. These are delicious: messy as all giant sandwiches should be, beautiful contrasts of textures, and they did taste like at least some of the Philly cheesesteaks you can get at a restaurant or take-out place. I cannot speak to the entirety of the authenticity aspect, but they have the main ingredients: soft bread, thinly sliced and seared meat, the peppers and onions – tender but never mushy, and of course cheese. I loved them.

And anyone more knowledgeable about this whole sandwich feud, feel free to educate me in the comments section!

Source: Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches by Emeril Lagasse

2 (1-pound) boneless rib-eye steaks
4 soft hoagie rolls
8 deli slices of provolone cheese
8 deli slices of good-quality American cheese (I like Applegate the best and no they did not pay me to say that)
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large green bell peppers, thinly sliced
2 tsp kosher salt
¾ tsp black pepper
¼ cup roughly chopped jarred cherry peppers

Wrap each steak individually in plastic wrap, place them in the freezer, and freeze about 3 hours. Don’t cheat on this step, it makes the steaks way easier to slice properly.
Remove 1 steak from the freezer and use a very sharp knife to slice it as thin as possibly, discarding any pockets of fat. Set aside and repeat with the second steak.
Preheat your oven to 300 F.
Arrange the cheese in 4 overlapping piles on a cutting board or large platter, alternating slices of provolone and American.
Heat 2 tbs oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly caramelized and tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cherry peppers, then transfer the onion and peppers to a platter or cutting board. Tent with foil to keep warm.
Now you will make two sandwiches at a time. Increase the heat under the skillet to high and add 1 tbs oil. Add half the steak slices, season them with ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Cook without stirring until most of the meat has browned on one side, about 1 minute. Stir the meat, and then divide into two cylindrical portions. Lay a shingled pile of cheese over each pile of meat. Spoon one-quarter of the onion mixture over each cheese-topped meat pile. Continue to cook in the skillet, undisturbed, for 1 minute longer, or until the cheese begins to melt from the heat of the veggies. Using a large spatula, transfer each meat portion to a bottom half of one hoagie roll. Set the two filled sandwiches on a small baking sheet to keep warm in the oven while you prepare the third and fourth sandwiches in the exact same manner you prepared the first two. Just wipe the skillet clean before you start the second batch of meat. Serve immediately.

Mexican Beef with Eggs

Apologies for my absence as of late. Allow me to sum it up by way of doling out some pearls of life wisdom:

  • Don’t have prolonged mold exposure in your apartment. It can make you sick.
  • Don’t get the flu. Especially don’t get the flu at the same time as your husband, i.e. the only other competent adult in your household. Turns out, cats are completely worthless when it comes to replenishing paper towels, cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry!
  • But if you do get the flu, do binge-watch both “The People Vs. OJ Simpson” (now on Netflix), AND “30 for 30’s OJ: Made in America”, on ESPN. Both excellent, particularly the latter.
  • Do go to Mexico for a week’s vacation!
  • Do give yourself the time and space you need to catch up on work after all that crap happens.
  • Do eventually get back to blogging because you’ve missed it. J

So, if you have had a few weeks like mine, you too will probably find yourself needing a quick, weeknight meal that also happens to be intensely comforting and incredibly tasty, budget-friendly, and right up your alley if you love Mexican flavors as much as I do. Oh, and it happens to be low-carb! Yea! Anytime I can feel like I’m eating a decadent feast when the net carbs are quite low is a win for me. Not that you couldn’t serve this with bread or tortilla chips. I will never judge that. Oh, and believe it or not, leftovers work beautifully. I know, I’d never believe me either if I hadn’t personally experienced it. But I would never lie to you, this really does reheat just fine. Enjoy!

Source: What Katie Ate On the Weekend by Katie Quinn Davies

4 tsp olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
4 tbs chipotle hot sauce (I used Tabasco)
1 (28 oz.) can diced or crushed tomatoes
1 large handful of cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish if you like
4 large eggs
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) skillet (I used my cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until no traces of pink remain and the meat has nicely browned. Add the onion, plus salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft and cooked through. Stir in the chipotle hot sauce, tomato, and cilantro, season again with a dash of salt and pepper, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until slightly thickened. It should have the texture of slightly loose chili.
Using a large spoon, make 4 indents in the beef mixture and crack an egg into each one. Lightly season only the tops of each egg with salt and pepper. (I like to first crack my eggs into small ramekins or prep bowls, that way you can start over without consequence if you accidentally crack the yolk or get a bad egg or something).
Cover the pot and cook 5-7 minutes, or until the whites are set. They’ll look unset when it’s ready if you, like me, are going for a runny yolk. You can cook it longer if you want your yolks set. When done, turn off the heat and garnish with the sliced jalapeno and extra cilantro. Serve immediately.

Frito Pie Packets

Frito Pie Packets

I know it’s the middle of December, and we’re in the throes of Christmas and Hanukkah prep and celebrations, and present-wrapping, tree decorating, and cookies, and yada yada yada, but let us pause and not forget that it is still football season! Let us also not forget how freaking amazing the Dallas Cowboys are doing this year. Only TWO losses, neither of which we will be discussing at all! Frito Pie is the perfect game day food, especially once cold weather sets in.

Frito Pie Packets

Frito Pie is apparently a Texas thing, but I think its popularity is spreading quite nicely. You basically put beef chili on top of a big pile of Frito corn chips and garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, and whatever else your heart desires. It’s awesome.

Now, I’ve eaten more Frito Pie in my life than you want to know about, but thus far it has always been in a bowl, mainly because my family of origin is made up of civilized people who do things like, well, eat on proper dinnerware with proper utensils. Enter Chrissy Teigen, quite possibly one of the most creative home cooks on this planet, a home cook and cookbook author who encourages well-mannered souls such as myself to forgo the boring bowl and eat our Frito Pie right from the Frito’s bag. It was a revelation for me.

Frito Pie Packets

And I think it’s totally brilliant! Matt and I completely loved this one. This is a quick-cooking chili (as chili goes), and the presentation and experience is basically the coolest thing ever (does me saying that indicate I should get out more? Nah…). The only problem with it is that now I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to eat Frito Pie from a regular bowl again! And I think we all know, I will be eating Frito Pie again. And again, and again…. Enjoy!

Frito Pie Packets

Source: adapted from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

1 tbs olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef (I used sirloin)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs seasoned salt
3 tbs chili powder
1 heaping tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 (12 oz.) bottle of beer
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
2 tbs brown sugar
6 individual bags Frito corn chips (not scoops)
Shredded cheddar cheese, or a Mexican blend, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Pickled jalapenos, for garnish
Chopped scallions, for garnish

Heat a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the ground beef. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no traces of pink remain. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened. Now add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Add the seasoned salt, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. Stir to coat thoroughly and cook about 1 minute. Pour in the beer and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up the flavorful browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato sauce, kidney beans, and brown sugar. Stir to combine, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chili thickens and the liquid reduces, 35 to 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and lower the heat if necessary to prevent the chili from scorching on the bottom of the pot.
Once the chili is to your liking thickness-wise, taste for seasoning and add a little salt if needed (it probably won’t be needed). Now comes the fun part – serving it! Carefully slit each bag of Frito’s with scissors. You can do this across the top, across one side, or lay the bag down and slit down the middle of the logo. Ladle some chili over the chips in the bag, then top with cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and scallions in the amounts you prefer. Serve immediately.

Classic Mexican Picadillo

Classic Mexican Picadillo

I must apologize for my absenteeism, right before blaming the walking pneumonia-turned double ear infection that’s had me quite derailed the past couple weeks. I do not recommend it. Starting to feel just this side of human again = let’s blog some more!

Classic Mexican Picadillo

Unlike the end of 2015, December 2016 has been, well, cold, and we’ve even seen some snowflakes! And since I’m well aware it’s not just me battling illness – the season for that has begun, grrr – I figured some healthy comfort food to soothe embattled senses and perk us up was in order.

Classic Mexican Picadillo

I believe Mexican Picadillo to be Mexico’s precursor to Texas’ chili, but without the extra calories we all love to pile on in the name of garnishes, which let’s face it, sounds much fancier and more virtuous than admitting we made chili solely to eat copious amounts of shredded cheddar, sour cream, and Frito scoops. No, you don’t do any of that to Picadillo. The most you do to Picadillo is maybe serve some warm corn tortillas or tortilla chips on the side.

Classic Mexican Picadillo

Which, if you’re now wondering what the point is, 1) I don’t blame you; and 2) let me assure you it’s incredibly delicious. This isn’t chili. The flavors and textures are familiar, yes, but different – less heat, more subtle sweetness, and if this makes sense, it just feels more pure than chili. Not that I’ll ever say a bad word about chili – that’s certainly not what I mean. I will recommend this (highly!) to both chili-heads and those who aren’t so crazy about chili. If you, like me, adore a bowl of chili, this will broaden your horizons and introduce a lovely, easy one-pot weeknight dinner into your repertoire with far less calories than chili; and if you don’t groove on a bowl o’ red, I’d say this is distinct enough that you should definitely give it a shot. Everyone, enjoy!

Classic Mexican Picadillo

Source: The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown

2 tbs olive oil, divided
1 lb. ground beef (I used sirloin)
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno or serrano chile, seeded and diced
3 tbs chili powder
1 tbs sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup beef stock
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with their juice (can be fire-roasted if you prefer)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
½ cup dry red wine
½ cup raisins
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
Chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish

Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbs olive oil and tilt the pan to coat the bottom evenly. Add the ground beef and cook it, breaking up lumps until browned. Add the second tbs of olive oil and add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, plus salt and pepper to taste. Cook 30 seconds more, stirring to evenly combine.
Now stir in the stock, tomatoes with their juice, tomato sauce, wine and raisins. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the beans and olives and cook 15 minutes more. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve hot, sprinkling each serving with cilantro.

Thai-Indian Beef Lettuce Cups #SundaySupper

Thai-Indian Beef Lettuce Cups

Welcome to another Sunday Supper, where we are having Finger Foods for Dinner! I think we’d all agree that our inner children rejoice at any opportunity to not have to pick up a fork, right? I chose to make lettuce cups, one of my new favorite foods, and helpful that it’s lighter fare made delicious, too.

Thai-Indian Beef Lettuce Cups

Certainly not always, but lettuce cups are often of the Asian persuasion, and this one fuses the heat and ginger of Thailand with the curry of India for one delicious and SPICY hand-held meal. Spicy enough, in fact, that you should not congratulate yourself on eating low-carb until AFTER you’ve managed to get through this without guzzling a beer to cool off your burning lips and tongue. I deserve absolutely zero back pats on this front.

Thai-Indian Beef Lettuce Cups

But, it’s wickedly delicious, with incredible and complex flavor and the perfect texture. Oh, and you can totally back off on the heat level if you want. Combining lean beef (which I’d highly recommend for this purpose) and a drizzle of sesame oil at the end makes for the perfect pleasantly oily texture to complement the heft of the ground beef and soft lettuce leaves. This is one of my few repeat meals. Enjoy!

Thai-Indian Beef Lettuce Cups

And make sure you check out all the fun Finger Foods brought to you by my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers!

Source: Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet by Padma Lakshmi

2 heads butter lettuce, or Boston lettuce
3 tbs canola oil
1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
1 cup diced yellow onions
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs minced fresh ginger
4 serrano chiles, or 20 green Thai chiles, chopped (you can seed the serranos if desired)
1-2 tbs soy sauce
1 generous tsp curry powder
1 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder), optional
1 cup rough chopped fresh mint
1 cup rough chopped fresh basil
1 ½ tbs fresh lemon juice
Salt, to taste if needed
1 tbs toasted sesame oil

Separate the lettuce leaves, discarding any that have browned or wilted. The inner leaves tend to be sturdier and better suited for lettuce cups. Dry the leaves well if needed and set aside.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then the beef, crumbling and cooking until no traces of pink remain. Lower the heat to medium and add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chiles. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft, 5 to 7 minutes.
Now add the soy sauce, curry powder, and amchoor if using. Stir to combine then turn the heat to low and let it simmer very gently for a few minutes to let the flavors marry well.
Stir in the mint, basil and lemon juice. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.
To serve, spoon the mixture into the prepared lettuce cups and lightly drizzle sesame oil over each cup. Serve immediately.

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Tuscan Porterhouse with Rosemary-Balsamic Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio #SundaySupper

Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio

Ah, Italy. That romantic, boot-shaped European country known for a seemingly unfixable corrupt government, the inability to mass produce a decent car, and some of the most beautiful, delicious, well-crafted food in the entire world. Yep, it’s Sunday Supper, and our theme this week is Italian Feast!

Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio

Though I’ve only been to Italy once, back in college when my foodie palate was … unsophisticated, to say the least … I have absolutely adored and relished getting to know real-deal Italian cuisine the past ten or so years. Italian food is all-around wonderfully superlative: it’s regionally diverse, skillfully crafted, maturely restrained, honest, and incredibly romantic.

Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio

I had a difficult time deciding what to share for today’s post. Gelato, the best frozen treat ever? One of the many classic and delicious pasta dishes? A pizza from Naples? I went around and around in my head before deciding that a Tuscan porterhouse, also known as bistecca alla fiorentia, was my calling for today.

seared radicchio with gorgonzola

What a stunning meal. Thick juicy steak, doused in a sharp, tangy, earthy homemade steak sauce, and some of the best radicchio I’ve yet tasted as a side dish. So, we all know that radicchio is BITTER. It’s almost too much for me, but I found that searing it in the meat drippings then tossing with a lovely gorgonzola really tamed the almost-too-bitter part. So delicious and perfect. Enjoy!

Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio

And do not forget to check out all the Italian Feast recipes from my Sunday Supper crew!

Source: adapted from Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay

2 tbs olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
1 (16 oz.) porterhouse steak, about 1 ½ inches thick
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 small to medium head of radicchio, outer leaves peeled, quartered, cored, and thickly sliced lengthwise
2-4 oz. crumbled gorgonzola

1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 tbs low-sugar ketchup
1 tbs prepared horseradish
1 tbs honey
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tbs olive oil
1 tbs red wine vinegar
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Marinate the steak: whisk together 2 tbs olive oil, smashed garlic, and rosemary in a small baking dish just large enough to hold the steak. Add the steak and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking.
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Remove the steak from the marinade and brush off any pieces of garlic or rosemary. Season the steak generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Preheat a cast iron skillet over very high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Once it is very hot, add the steak to sear. Don’t touch it and let it sear very nicely on one side, then flip and let it sear on the other side. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the meat, then transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the oven and transfer the steak to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
While the steak is in the oven, make the STEAK SAUCE: add the balsamic vinegar, garlic, and rosemary to a small saucepan. Boil over high heat until reduced by half. Let the mixture cool a bit, then add the remaining steak sauce ingredients. Whisk to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Let the steak sauce cool to room temperature before using, for best results.
Once the steaks are out of the oven and resting, place that same cast iron skillet over medium heat. Do not wipe it out. Add the radicchio and toss it around with tongs to sear and wilt it. Once it has wilted to your desired preference, add the gorgonzola and let it slightly melt, for about 1 minute. Taste the radicchio and see if it needs any salt; season accordingly to taste.
Slice the steak and serve with the steak sauce drizzled over and the radicchio on the side.





And Artichoke Torta plus More Recipes for Italian Fest from Sunday Supper Movement

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Banh Mi Meatball Salad

Banh Mi Meatball Salad

Today continues my themed week on the blog of turning classic dishes into dinner salads, it’s been so much fun for me! I hope y’all have enjoyed it too. What’s next? A banh mi. Oh yes.

Read up on the origins of a banh mi here, where I posted the original, which is a sandwich. And one of the best sandwiches on planet earth, I might add. I never had one until my early thirties, but it’s pretty much one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. So last summer I purchased Mark Bittman’s The VB6 Cookbook, and upon flipping through it I came upon an entry entitled “Banh Mi Meatball Salad.” Oh, I cannot tell you how excited I then became, and somehow it’s taken me this many months to actually sit down and make the blasted thing.

Banh Mi Meatball Salad

Better late than never – I’m incredibly happy I finally brought this cookbook page to life, as it was everything it promised to be and then some. If you also go completely gaga over banh mi flavors, then you simply MUST make this salad. It tastes precisely as advertised, and each bite just explodes spicy flavor in your mouth!

Banh Mi Meatball Salad

Speaking of spicy… you can tailor the heat to your personal preferences by adjusting the amount of sriracha used. You can make the meatballs themselves without it, for instance. You can add a little less to the mayo, though it’s not much there and I wouldn’t recommend cutting that back. You can also omit the final sriracha drizzle. If you want this to taste very authentic without extra heat, I’d leave the sriracha out of the meatballs and omit the drizzle at the end but keep it in the mayo. But if you’re like me, and can’t think about a banh mi without also dreaming of an overload of sriracha, then please use all of it as directed. You won’t be sorry.

Banh Mi Meatball Salad

This is just absolutely beyond delicious, I hope y’all enjoy it!

{One Year Ago: Hot and Sticky Slow Cooker Chicken Wings}
{Two Years Ago: Blood Orange-Braised Pork Shoulder}

Source: slightly adapted from The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman

1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
¼ of a large daikon, peeled and julienned
½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
About ½ a baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes
Olive oil
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs plus 2 tsp sriracha, plus more for drizzling, divided
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 tbs fish sauce
1 large heart romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
½ a large cucumber, seeded and chopped
2 tbs mayonnaise
1 handful each of fresh mint and fresh cilantro, minced
Lime wedges, for serving

First you will need to quickly pickle your vegetables. Whisk the vinegar, honey, and ½ tsp salt together in a medium bowl. Add the carrots, daikon, and onion and toss gently. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes; stir occasionally to evenly distribute the brine.
Preheat your oven to 450 F. Place the cubed baguette on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Lightly season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Toss with your hands. Shake the pan so that the bread is in a single layer, then toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy. Remove the croutons from the oven and transfer to a plate or bowl. Carefully dust off any crumbs from the baking sheet, then spray it generously with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the beef, garlic up to 1 tbs sriracha if desired, black pepper to taste, fish sauce, and ¼ tsp kosher salt. Gently shape the meat mixture into 16 evenly sized meatballs and transfer each to the greased baking sheet, making sure to space them evenly apart so they are not touching. Bake the meatballs, undisturbed, until browned and just cooked through, 8-12 minutes. Let them cool a bit while you assemble the salad.
At this point, add the mayonnaise and 2 tsp sriracha to the pickled vegetables and stir to combine thoroughly.
In a large salad bowl, add the romaine, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber. Add the pickled dressed vegetables and toss to combine and dress the salad. Add the croutons and toss gently again. Divide the salad among dinner plates and top with 4 meatballs apiece. Drizzle with sriracha if desired, then garnish with the herbs and lime wedges. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne #SundaySupper

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne

Welcome to a Hometown Food issue of Sunday Supper!!! This might just be my favorite Sunday Supper I’ve participated in so far. My home city and state has deep roots as far as culinary traditions go, and I’m thrilled to share one of my absolute favorites with you today! I’m also very excited to see what everyone else has brought today – in general, I find myself fascinated with regional cuisine. So, this is a wonderful Sunday Supper for me!

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne

I had many choices of what I could have made for today, but I decided something classic and iconic would be best; and thus, I chose one of the best-loved and well-known Tex-Mex dishes to ever come out of Texas (besides chili): enchiladas filled with cheddar cheese and raw onion, topped with a chile con carne, which is a gravy sauce flavored with lots of chile peppers and ground beef. You’ll see this dish on Tex-Mex menus all over the state, including my home town of Dallas.

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne

I have way too many memories to count of ordering this dish in Tex-Mex restaurants growing up. It was one of my favorites (this one being the other favorite thing to order in a Tex-Mex restaurant). As I no longer live in Texas, I can’t really order this dish in restaurants anymore – Tex-Mex restaurants are few and far between in New York, and the ones that do exist are pretty unimpressive – so I had to learn to make it at home. And I’m incredibly pleased to let you know that this recipe tastes just like all the wonderful restaurant versions I had growing up. It’s perfect!

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne

Since I grew up eating this, of course I find it delicious. But I’m happy to report that my non-native-Texan husband has tried it and he loves it too. And yes, he thought it sounded a bit odd at first. So if you are thinking this dish sounds weird, you’re not alone!

There are a lot of chiles in this dish, but it’s not terribly spicy. Ancho chiles are more fruity than spicy – but, don’t rub your eyes after handling them! They are still chiles. The onions don’t entirely cook out, so there’s a little bit of heavenly crunch in the final product. But no, you may not cook them first. The dish calls for raw onions going into the enchiladas, so cooking them first would be blasphemous, but not to worry – they are no longer biting and raw-tasting after the enchiladas bake, but they don’t fully cook either. It just adds a lovely crunch to the soft melted cheese. I hope y’all enjoy this one! I had a blast making and eating it!

Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas with Chile con Carne

And don’t forget to check out all the wonderful regional fare from my Sunday Supper cohorts!

{Two Years Ago: Cotija Rice}

Source: slightly adapted from The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain

6 dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
1 tbs olive or canola oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped (save the other half, you need it later)
2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Mexican
¼ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican
½ lb. lean ground beef (I use either sirloin or first cut brisket)
2 cups beef stock
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

12 corn tortillas, heated until pliable and kept warm
16 oz. yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
½ medium onion, chopped

First you’ll make the CHILE CON CARNE: toast the dried chiles about 10 seconds each side in a medium stockpot over high heat. They are done when they are just fragrant. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the chiles, then place it back over high heat. Let it come up to a rolling boil. When it does, shut off the heat, cover the pot and let the chiles rehydrate for 20-25 minutes. Once rehydrated, place the chiles in the blender and save the soaking liquid.
Meanwhile, preheat a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, then sweat out the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Place the cooked onion and garlic into the blender with the ancho chiles. Add the cumin, oregano, allspice, cinnamon, and 1 cup of the soaking liquid from the chiles. Puree until very smooth.
Wipe out the skillet you used for the onion and garlic, then preheat to medium-high. Add the ground beef and crumble it (you can add a little more oil if needed). Cook, crumbling it as you go, until no traces of pink remain. Add the chile puree and the beef stock. Heat on high until boiling, then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want it to thicken to a gravy-like consistency. After 30 minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper. Shut off the heat.
Now you can assemble the ENCHILADAS: preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a large baking dish (I always use a 9×13” baker). Take a heated tortilla and drag it through the sauce on both sides. Lay it on a clean work surface and fill it down the middle with a scant ¼ cup of shredded cheese, followed by a pinch of the chopped raw onion. Roll the tortilla and place it seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with the remaining 11 tortillas. Pour the rest of the sauce and spread it evenly over all the enchiladas, then sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over top, followed by the rest of the raw onion. Bake the enchiladas for 15 minutes, until bubbling and slightly browned. For a truly superb and complete Tex-Mex meal, serve with rice and refried beans on the side.



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Steak Tartare #SundaySupper

Steak Tartare

Welcome to another Sunday Supper!! This week our theme is Year End Cravings – so what have I been craving lately? Among other things, beef tartare. Tartare is not ever going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you love it, you love it.

Steak Tartare from Bar Americain

I first sampled it in a lovely restaurant in Paris – actually, Matt ordered it and I ate off his plate like any good wife would, lol. It was a sight: coarsely ground beef mounded on a plate with a raw egg yolk nestled into a well in the top of the beef, and all the traditional mix-ins on the side (capers, cornichons, mustard, etc.)

Steak Tartare Bar Americain

As an aside, I *really* wish I’d had my camera ready to capture the look on Matt’s face when the plate arrived, seeing as at the time he wasn’t 100% sure what tartare even was.

Steak Tartare Bar Americain

This version combines the beef itself with many of the traditional tartare mix-ins, so there is less work for the diner. And what can I say other than it was one of the most delicious things I’ve eaten. Like I said earlier, I love tartare, I’ve had it many times, and this is truly one of the best versions I’ve tasted.

Steak Tartare Bar Americain

A few things to note before making it at home: you need the freshest, most high-quality beef you can find. Don’t grab something shrink-wrapped in the case, talk to the butcher and tell him or her what you’re making. Secondly, this is not a make-ahead dish, you’ll want to serve it immediately. As written, this will serve four people.

If you are a tartare lover, then you must try this recipe. Unbelievably delicious. Enjoy!

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{Two Years Ago: Butternut Squash Latkes with Pine Nut Yogurt Sauce, Cornmeal Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Butter}

Source: ever so slightly adapted from The Bar Americain Cookbook by Bobby Flay

1 large egg yolk
2 anchovies in oil, patted dry
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tbs whole grain mustard
2 tbs red wine vinegar
¾ cup or so olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper

1 ¼ lbs. filet mignon
2 tbs Dijon mustard
3 tbs olive oil
1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 large shallot, finely diced
6 cornichons, finely diced
2 tbs brined capers, drained
3 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Kosher salt and black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup or so olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
4-6 (1/4-inch) slices semolina Italian bread

First make the MUSTARD SAUCE: combine the egg yolk, anchovies, both mustards, and the vinegar in a blender and blend until smooth.
With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil, drop by drop at first, and blend until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before serving.
To make the TARTARE: put the beef on a plate and stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes as this will make dicing the beef easier.
Whisk together the mustard and oil in a large bowl. Add the jalapeno, shallot, cornichons, and capers. Mix to combine.
Remove the meat from the freezer and cut into ¼-inch dice. Put the steak in the bowl with the jalapeno mixture, add the scallions and parsley, and fold gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
For the GARLIC TOASTS: preheat the broiler to HIGH. Combine the garlic and oil in a small bowl, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Brush one side of each slice of bread liberally with the garlic oil, then broil the bread until lightly golden brown on one side. If your slices are very long, cut each in half.
To assemble, spoon some steak tartare onto the toasts and drizzle mustard sauce over each one. Serve immediately.

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Pat LaFrieda’s Filet Mignon Sandwiches

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There are many, many celebrity chefs and cooks, but there are few celebrity butchers. Besides Pat LaFrieda, anyway. His family-owned company supplies meat and poultry to most of the high-end restaurants in the Northeast United States. In fact, a few weeks ago Matt and I were grabbing a quick lunch at the Shake Shack in the Upper West Side and looked out the window to see a LaFrieda truck unloading ground burger patties by the box.

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This fall, the company decided to publish one of the more beautiful books I’ve ever held in my hands. It’s all about their company philosophy, how to butcher different animals, and gives a detailed breakdown of different parts of animals (lamb, cows, calves, pigs, chicken, turkey, duck, and more).

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And with each chapter on each animal, there are recipes! This is the first one I tried from the book. This sandwich is a best-seller at LaFrieda’s retail space in Citi Field, where the New York Mets play. I’ve never been to their restaurant, because I’ve never been to a Mets game. I may have moved to New York, but my sports loyalties stayed in Texas.

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Upon tasting, I can completely understand the popularity of this sandwich. If you do ever find yourself in Citi Field, please seek one out. Or make it in your own kitchen! Either way, this sandwich is delicious happiness. Just going through and editing the pictures is making me drool. I have to make this again… Enjoy!

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Source: slightly adapted from Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFrieda

2 tbs canola oil, plus more as needed
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
About 3 deli slices Muenster cheese
1 cup beef stock
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
¾ lbs. beef tenderloin, cut into ½-inch thick medallions
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
2 hoagie rolls, toasted if desired, cut open but not completely split in half

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbs oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick to the pan, until they are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Spread the onions out in a somewhat flat, rectangular shape and then top with the cheese, cutting it to fit if necessary. Shut off the heat and let the cheese melt.
To make the jus, in a small saucepan, bring the stock to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat once it simmers and add the vinegar. Cover the pot to keep the jus warm.
Season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbs oil over high heat. Add as many tenderloin medallions as will fit, not crowding them, and sear them on both sides until they are caramelized, 1-2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate or cutting board and repeat with the remaining medallions. Remove them to a plate or cutting board.
Chop the first batch of medallions into bite-size chunks (they do not have to be pretty) and set aside. Now chop the second batch as you did the first.
To assemble the sandwiches, lay beef tenderloin chunks across the bread, then use a very flat spatula to transfer half the onion and cheese on top of the beef on each sandwich. Again, pretty isn’t a requirement here, just get the meat covered. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of the jus on each sandwich, close them and serve immediately.
Makes 2 sandwiches.