Saturday, November 25, 2017

Steak and Potatoes In A Bundle





Steak and Potatoes in a Bundle

Busy Mom's and singles know well that time is the enemy in our every day hectically busy lives, and feeding our families or ourselves takes a lot of time in which we could be doing other things. I am not averse to getting fast food when I just have no time nor energy to invest into cooking.  Gasp!  I know.  Guiltyyyyyy!  I am trying to turn that around, though, folks.  I am learning new tricks that free up a ton of time that lets the oven do the work.  This is one of those dishes.  I wish I could take credit for the idea, but no, I cannot, but I sure love the idea. It is dinner in a foil pouch, like fish in a bag with veggies, butter and herbs.  This is a hearty steak and potatoes in a foil bundle.  I went a little over the top and wanted to see how it would turn out; due to time constraints, I helped the process along a bit. I will not next time!

The following is my insanely long list of ingredients...

2 flat iron, flank or ribeye steaks
salt and pepper
1/2 - 1 pound of washed, cubed potatoes
6 sprigs fresh rosemary, oregano and thyme 
chive and garlic butter, 6 tabs
splash of wine


Yes, that was a joke. 

Simple, easy, flavorful and delightfully delicious.  Any busy parent or single will thrive off this idea in many ways using chicken, fish, lamb and pork.  The possibilities do not end there! 


I preheat the oven to 350-degrees. 

I seasoned two flat iron steaks with a quarter teaspoon salt and black pepper and briefly seared them in a skillet over high heat with two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, about two minutes per side. I let the steaks rest about five minutes while I washed and cut new potatoes and Yukon golds into wedges.  




Resting steaks. 

I sliced the steaks into cubes after placing a layer of foil over a rimmed baking pan.  I also placed one 24-inch sheet of foil length-wise over the baking pan and one cross-wise over the bottom sheet.  I added three tabs of butter seasoned with chives and garlic to center where the two sheets cross, added the half pound of wedged potatoes first, some sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme, then placed the cubed steak atop the potatoes.  I seasoned with salt and pepper, about a quarter teaspoon each, over the steaks, and placed a few sprigs of fresh rosemary atop the steaks, including three new tabs of butter and a splash of chardonnay.  Now, here is the hard part so pay close attention! 





I folded the foil into a bundle and placed the baking pan into the oven for eighteen minutes.  

After eighteen minutes at 350-degrees, I removed the package, opened it up  little and let it steam for a few minutes. The splash of wine steamed the steak and herbs and helped blend the flavors together. The aroma when I opened the bundle was mouth-watering and made me swoon. It will do the same for you!



The steak was medium rare, which was soft and moist and delicious.  If you enjoy your steak a bit more done, then add a more oven cook time. 

I added a hefty scoop of meat and potatoes to a small plate, drizzled some of the butter wine sauce atop that, and sprinkled the top with grated parmesan.  The cheese added a delightful salty bite.  Delish!!!



And that is all!  So easy, simple and full of flavor!  This frees you up to do something for your family or for yourself.  Enjoy!

As always, Thank You for your visit, your time and consideration!  Now, please, go cook for someone you love!

~Martin
In-House Cook