Saturday, January 26, 2008

Beef And Taters TV Dinner

Another yummy recipe from Rachael Ray.
Prep/Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

2 large baking potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds total)—peeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
3/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper
1 pound ground beef sirloin
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons steak sauce, such as A.1.
One 10-ounce box frozen petite peas

In a small saucepan, combine the potatoes and enough salted cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, return to the pot and mash with 6 tablespoons cream, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the ground sirloin with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Shape into 4 oval patties about 1/2 inch thick. Coat with the flour.

In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground sirloin patties and cook until browned, about 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the beef broth, steak sauce and remaining 6 tablespoons cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the peas according to package directions.6. Return the meat patties to the skillet and let simmer in the sauce for about 4 minutes. Arrange the patties on plates and spoon the sauce on top. Serve the mashed potatoes and peas alongside.

Tips and Tricks
I omitted the cream from the mashed potatoes and used less than called for in the sauce. Serve whatever type of veggies your family likes in place of peas, and use the microwave to speed prep.
Make It Healthier
Omit salt. Use reduced sodium or sodium free broth. Use reduced fat sour cream in place of the heavy cream.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Push buttons on microwave.
Suggested Sides
green salad

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