April 2, 2019
If you like a good cut of steak paired with a mouthwatering carb in the form of a red, gold, sweet or white potato – with or without decadent condiments – we found a few “best of” recipes for classic combinations from our favorite chefs.
Garlic Makes it Great
Try Googling “best meat and potatoes” and see if the search engine doesn’t kick back at least three recipes for Garlic Butter Steak — in the top 10. We dare you. This skillet steak from the Recipe Critic comes with mouth-watering garlic butter potatoes. You might need to gargle something minty afterwards, but while you’re savoring your meat and potatoes, you’ll be lost in heavenly, buttery bliss. Blogger Alyssa offers tips on how to cook the perfect skillet steak, starting with a cast-iron skillet, and if that’s not one of the tools in your kitchen, you might want to add one!
Cooking with Claudia’s YouTube video takes you through a step-by-step of this “best of” dish making it look super easy and super yum.
These two from Taste of Home are for busy cooks who need a little help from a slow cooker or instant pot. First are Beef Tips made with mushrooms and red wine and served over brown rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.
And if you want more of a citrus-y piquant kick, wrap your head around this Steak with Lime Chimichurri sauce. With the food processor you blitz lime, cilantro, parsley, chipotle peppers, with lots of garlic and a little white wine. You’ll need two pounds of flat iron steak and plenty of breath freshener.
And if you’re looking for perfect one-pot mashers check out this recipe from Skinny Taste – it will do the trick nicely.
Beer and Bison
Colorado philanthropist George Stranahan, who started the Flying Dog Brewery and the infamous Stranahan’s Whiskey, loves cooking with beer. It’s a wonderful tenderizer for red meat and this recipe for Beer-Marinated Bison uses a dark beer which can add chocolatey or smoky notes to meat. You’ll need four 8-ounce boneless bison New York strip steaks and 45 minutes for prepping and grilling, plus 12 ounces of beer. (You might want more to serve with your meal – just sayin’). Maybe try the Flying Dog Snake Oil Black Lager…we double-dog dare you.
And if that’s not enough beer-infusion, add the Beer-Roasted Potatoes from the Daily Meal, made with bacon and Brussel sprouts for a crunchy, salty, satisfying side dish.
For the potato side, Melting Potatoes are made with plenty of garlic (hey, it’s an anti-inflammatory!) and they’re so creamy and caramelized they melt in your mouth. Real Simple serves them up with fresh thyme or rosemary. The secret is adding a cup of chicken or vegetable stock that gets absorbed in the last 15 minutes of baking. (And if you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, click over to their potatoes page for LOTS of different options.)
A Healthy Spin
Bobby Deen’s show on the Food Network called Not My Mama’s Meals (referring to the original Deen – Mama Paula) have a heathy spin. The first recipe we stumbled across was Bobby’s Stuffed Porkchop and Loaded Baked Potatoes. Prepare to be surprised. This Deen stuffs the bone-in chops with spinach, feta, Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes for a Mediterranean flair and he loads his skin-on baked tubers with broccoli, turkey bacon, and, okay, some semi-decadent cream cheese.
For a totally different take on meat and potatoes try this Japanese-styled dish, which is lighter and more like a stew with flavorful broth. Splendid Table took one of its bloggers’ mother’s recipes and kept all of the goodness and nostalgia. The recipe calls for ground beef, onions, carrots, dry white wine, potatoes, brown sugar, chicken broth and soy sauce. Like most stews it reheats well and tastes even better when the flavors have a chance to infuse overnight.
Must-Haves and More, in Southshore
The kitchens are amazing in the master-planned community of Southshore, which offers an “away-from-it-all” ambiance with access to Life at the Lake. But it’s also convenient to dining, shopping and entertainment. Experience lakeside living with a tour of the model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs and priced between the $400s and the $700s.