Last weekend, Marin Sun Farms was running a special at their stand at the Ferry Building farmers market – all cuts of meat were buy one, get one free. If you have ever bought natural, grass fed, pastured, humane meat, you know this is a major deal. I convinced my husband to get up early and head over. At 8 am we were there, loading our bags up with meat. I felt a little guilty walking out of there with what seemed like a half a cow, paying just $66 for it, but we belong to their CSA, and the fact they appreciate their customers enough to offer these great deals just cements my commitment to renew our membership next month.
While there, we grabbed a bunch of dinner supplies. My husband fixed up the dinner, so I’m just recording what he did.
With the exception of olive oil, salt and pepper, and an accidental splash of cognac, this was all bought at the Ferry Building last Saturday. We picked up a couple flat iron steaks and a couple hangar steaks. They cook the same way. For a steak that’s about 3/4 pound to a pound, just heat a cast iron skillet until it’s hot, add a bit of olive oil, and cook the steak for 5 minutes on a side for medium rare. Easy peasy.
To make the sauce, remove the steak from the pan, cover with foil, and let it rest. Reduce heat to medium, and add a pat of butter and some minced shallot. Saute for a few, then hit the pan off with something liquid. My husband, forgetting this was our local meal, used cognac. Wine or broth would be fine too. Scrape up all the goodies on the bottom of the pan, then add mushrooms (we used chanterrelles). Cook for another couple minutes, add a splash of cream, and voila, mushroom cream sauce.
The fingerling potatoes were extra large. We cut them in half lengthwise, tossed in olive oil and salt and pepper, and stuck in the oven at 400 for a good 40 minutes or so. They were amazing like this.
The romanesco was prepared in almost the same way. Separate the florets, toss in olive oil and salt and pepper, and into the oven, right next to the potatoes for about 30 minutes. I had never had romanesco, but it is so much better than broccoli or cauliflower, so I may be buying ot more often.
To drink, a syrah from Sonoma which we picked up on our trip there in November. We got it at Amista, which is a lovely little winery, and I highly recommend it.