Saturday, December 29, 2012

Beef Strips with garlic and Rosemary (Stracetti de Manzo con Aglio e Rosmarino)

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Marinated beef strips... Look at that marbling, and imagine a high grade of Olive Oil, fresh chopped Rosemary, Stir fried with a sauce made from white wine...

Italian Cooking is not well known for Beef dishes, but occasionally .. special occasions, this dish is about as good as it gets for steak lovers.  Prepared with the care that rare ingredients deserve, ending up with a rich, flavorful, fork tender melt in your mouth dish.  Here in god's country (Kansas), we get a lot of beef, plentiful and usually high quality.  This instantly became my very favorite way to cook steaks...

First... Fair warning...

Christmas came a bit early for me.  I was contacted through the Foodie BlogRoll (now making available a $2 guaranteed CPM ad rate for bloggers... but I digress) to review a sponsor.  The Certified Steak and Seafood Company sent me an early gift of AMAZING quality Certified USDA Angus Beef Brand Prime Filet Mignon to try.  The steaks were free, what follows is my opinions and review.  Mine and mine alone...

So, First up, what is special about The Certified Steak and Seafood Company ... Quality DOES matter.

As the above screenshot was lifted from the Certified Steak and Seafood Company website.  It very clearly explains why quality beef is so expensive.  Out of the whole cow, less than one percent is ever certified USDA Angus Beef Brand Prime... Restaurant quality beef.  Your average neighborhood grocery store rarely if ever sells this Prime graded beef.  Most of this goes to restaurants and even then, only to top quality (high priced) restaurants.  That's why at a TOP rated steak house, a 10 ounce Filet is about $45 (or more).

A few days ago I made a delicious Pan Seared Filet Mignon from the steaks I was provided.  I really have nothing but GREAT things to say about the quality of the meat I received.  This is how beef is supposed to exist and when cooked properly... how it is supposed to taste!

The good folks at The Certified Steak and Seafood Company were generous enough to send me two steaks.  They were just the right size for a hungry man... or to share with a loved one... and besides, since I received two, I could make two dishes!!!

Here's my second dish.

The filets were HUGE, 2 inches thick.  For this dish I wanted thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick, 1 inch wide and 3 inches long.  The steak was still slightly frozen, just a little bit, so easy to cut into uniform sizes.

 Once marinated, this dish cooks VERY fast, like a Chinese Stir Fry, just in a large skillet.  In just about the time it took Dean Martin to sing Mombo Italiano it was finished...

Here's what I did...

Beef Strips with
Garlic and Rosemary
(Stracetti de Manzo con Aglio e Rosmarino)

  • 8 OZ Filet Mignon, sliced about 1/4 inch thick, 1 inch wide and 3 inches long
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 TBS Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine
  • 1 TBS Flour
Cooking Directions
  1. These measurements were altered to marinate only 8 oz pf beef, 2 servings.
  2. Combine the Beef, Garlic, Rosemary, all but 1 TBS of the Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours
  4. In a large heavy bottomed skillet, add the remaining TBS of Olive Oil and heat over medium high heat.
  5. Add the beef with the marinade and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until the beef is just cooked. The beef is thinly sliced, so be careful to not over cook.
  6. Add the wine and stir until all the bits are dissolved from the bottom of the pan and the sauce has combined.
  7. Remove the beef, add a TBS of flour to make a gravy, stir until just gravy just starts to thicken... a thin-ish gravy
  8. Drizzle gravy over beef
  9. Serve HOT and ENJOY!

Absolutely melt in your mouth, buttery soft, garlic infused steak.truly is as good as it gets!  Just to add a little beauty, I sliced a few basil leaves chiffonade style, but once you take a bit this becomes the most beautiful dish on Earth.



So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Authentic Italian Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop. The world's most popular cuisine, authentic, natural, organic, Farm to Table... the Italians started, perfected or embraced it before it became a fad. This page is a guide to Italian Cooking... For the home cook!  So, Cin Cin (toast) and Buon Appetito (Enjoy your Meal) to you all and let's Cook authentic Italian!


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