The old expression ‘while the cats away’ certainly applies to this particular dish. Andrew was off in Texas visiting his family and I was here in New York playing away in the kitchen. Now Andrew is not a picky eater but there are certain things that just don’t fly on his palate. To name a few: Olives, Goat Cheese and Broccoli Rabe. On the other hand, I am the consummate omnivore and there’s very little that I won’t eat. But in the interests of domestic harmony, I avoid recipes with any ingredient Andrew doesn’t like. I eat these favorites when we go out. And I’m fortunate that we eat out often enough that I never feel deprived. However, his absence lets me cook whatever comes to mind and, in this case, gives me a perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite dishes.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
|Eye of Round...not the tenderest cut|
but one of the least expensive
To cook a roast beef during the week has always struck me as quite an accomplishment. Then I discovered the Eye of Round roast at Costco. Now I grant you this is not the most tender cut of beef—far from it. But it is exactly the right size at around 3 lbs that makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner. And it cooks very quickly taking under an hour from start to finish. To compensate for its lack of tenderness, this recipe gives you a great pan sauce that not only flavors the meat beautifully, it also works with sides really well. I chose to serve Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes with it—two easy sides both of which could use a little flavor themselves.