Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dinner For Six

My sister, Laura, is visiting from Raleigh for the weekend and i'm so excited to gather some of our friends for a dinner party.   Laura and I have similar tastes in food so I was excited to make some of our favorites!
Here's my dinner menu for six:

Sliced Sirloin 
Oven Fries
Snow Cones for dessert!

Everything on this menu is easy to prepare and since I'm working all day before the dinner party, I like to have a little help by using store bought, frozen oven fries (delicious), and having everyone make their own dessert- what's easier and more fun than a snow cone? 

I'm a big believer in a steak that tastes like steak.   Here's how I make my perfect sliced sirloin:
1) Let the steak come to room temperature (set it out on the counter for 1 hour)
2) Pat the steak dry with paper towels; season liberally with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
3) Heat a sautee pan to medium high heat (let it heat for 2 minutes or so)
4) Add a combination of butter and olive oil to the pan.  Don't overdo it; for these large sirloins (2 12 oz sirloins) I used 1 tbsp. butter and 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
5) Cook the steak to desired doneness; about 7 minutes per side for  medium rare
6) Remove steak from pan and wrap tightly in tin foil; let rest for at least 10 minutes. 
7) Slice against the grain.  Enjoy! 

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