Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In the "Gravy"
While the bread was doing it's thing....
In my large trusty cast iron skillet, coat the bottom with olive oil and heat. Coat a beef roast with a mixture of herbs (Mc Cormick's Gormet burger, garlic, onion, rubbed sage, black pepper, kosher salt) then sear the roast in the skillet on the stove top. This is not going to seal in any juices, it is however going to make the roast pretty, and going to give the pan some nice "stuffs" that will make the gravy extra tasty later. Once it's nice and seared (about 4ish min on each side) put the pan in the oven (350) and then add water so that it comes halfway up the side of the roast and add about 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce.
In my other trusty cast iron skillet, 1 lb frozen field peas with snaps and one pakge ham flavor and enough water to fill pan, bring to boil and keep peas covered till tender.
Boil small penne pasta (it has it's own name but looks just like penne only mini) and drain.
By now the roast is done. Pull it out of the oven, and with tongs set the meat on a cutting board, and in a large coffee mug (about 8 oz water) combine with about 2 Tbs corn starch and whisk. Put pan back on stove top and bring to boil, add corn starch and whisk till thickened. Check for salt (mine was fine). At this point you can either have pasta with Gravy or you can do what I did and pour the gravy over the drained pasta in the pot and stir turning the delicious gravy into "sauce" so your DH will eat it. Because he had some sort of Gravy Trauma or something at some point and won't touch it, but if it's stirred in and you call it sauce all is well with the universe. So that's how we roll in our house. Even tho Gravy is one of my favorite food groups.
DD#2 thought the pasta with the "sauce" was fabulous, but I think I'm finding out that she's a pasta fiend, much like DS #1 is a breadaholic. DS#2 had a case of the sillies at supper and picked at his food but declared it delicious none the less, DS#1 cleaned his plate, and DD#1 almost cleaned hers.
Tomorrow is a busy day for us, so it might be a clean out the fridge day again, but with one bowl of soup left, some black beans and rice for 2 adults, or 3 kids, and some from tonight left I think that I deserve a night off.
Sorry for the multiple posts today, but our internet went out for the past couple days and I'm having to play catch up on some entries.