My guy and I had plans to try a new steakhouse in town yesterday. Steakhouses aren’t typically on my must-try list as I can grill a pretty mean piece of meat at home, but wanted to do a review of this new BYOB place. Mid-afternoon, I got ambitious and inspired while grocery shopping, and decided to prepare a 5-course meal at home instead to surprise my guy after a hard day of…golf!
With courses 1-3, I served a refreshing 2008 Provenance Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Baby Arugula & Baby Greens Salad: I arranged the greens on a plate, then added a piece of avocado, a thin slice of Mackintosh apple, a section of yellow tomato and a perfectly grilled slice of Houllami. the dressing was a simple Dijon mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar and tarragon vinaigrette.
The salad was at once light and fresh and comforting thanks to the amazing Greek cheese.
Homemade Prawn Ravioli in Sage Brown Butter: I filled wonton wrappers with prawns halved length-wise, goat cheese, ricotta salata and sage, boiled them for 2 minutes, then pan sautéed them in brown butter infused with fresh sage leaves.
Mental note: Make this as a MEAL!
Seared Yellow-Tail Tuna in Endive Boats: I marinated tuna in garlic paste, ginger paste, sesame oil, olive oil and fresh cracked pepper for 2 hours, then seared it in a grill pan for a couple minutes on each side. I sliced the tune in long strips that I placed on endive leaves and dressed with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.
This dish would be a perfect amuse-bouche for a party. Must remember it.
With courses 4-5, I served a rich 2005 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva
Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin with Pan Fried Smashed Potatoes and Sauce au Poivre: Simply grilled filets, pan fried potatoes and cognac-enhanced pepper sauce. Need I say more?
Honeyed-Brie: Highest quality brie drizzled with lavender honey. Perfect ending to a pretty darn good meal.