May 16, 2011
You know by now that I am a fan of quick cooking meals. On week nights, there is nothing better than knowing that you can have a home cooked meal on the table within 30 minutes. Our lives seem to be getting so busy I need meals in seconds. But what I really need to do is to slow down a bit and catch our breath and gather around the family dinner table. Our family dinner table is there somewhere….under my pile of papers for all of my current projects I am working on.
Finding cookbooks that help me get those meals on the table in what seems like just a few minutes is nirvana. Robin Miller is among the collection of Food Network celebrity chefs who have their own line of cookbooks. I like the fact that her recipes are full of fresh ingredients and doesn’t rely on processed food. I can find many that I want to make in this cookbook, from Pork Tenderloin with Raisin-Cognac Sauce to Meatballs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce.
The Ruling: Everyone loved them. We had to fight over the steaks as my husband bought 4 filets mignons and there are 5 of us. The Chorizo baked beans were really good as well….I didn’t put them away after dinner and my oldest son polished them all off! Looks like this one is going in the recipe rotation for our family. Please note that we did buy different chorizo after our last attempt with making something with chorizo.
Beef Medallions with Chorizo Baked Beans, page 177
Chorizo Baked Beans:
- Two 15 ounce cans red beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup diced chorizo or other cooked spicy sausage, such as andouille
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- One 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 4 filets mignons
- Salt and cracked black peppercorns to taste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- To make the beans, in a medium saucepan, combine the beans, sausage, onion, tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, season both sides of the beef with salt and cracked pepper. Brush the Worcestershire over both sides of the beef. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium doneness. Serve the beef with the beans on the side.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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