Steakhouse Dinner in 15 Minutes?

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Think it's possible to have a steak dinner in 15 minutes?  Well, it is.  To accomplish this feat, there are a couple of key ingredients.

First, purchase a steak that's relatively thin.  We bought 2 t-bone steaks that were about an inch thick.  Next let me introduce you to Steam n' Mash potatoes.

Photo Courtesy of Ore-Ida

You can find these in the freezer section at the grocery store, and they're great.  All it is are cubes of real potatoes (real potatoes!) that have probably been parboiled and salt.  Yes, there is some ingredient that I can't spell in there as well, but it's just to keep the potatoes from turning brown.  Usually I try to stay away from ingredients like this, but you can only ask for so much and I'm not peeling and boiling potatoes on a Tuesday night.

To pull the meal together, preheat a cast iron skillet on high.  While that's preheating, pop the potatoes in the microwave.  Once the skillet is hot (it will be slightly smoky), add some oil, season the steaks with salt and pepper and throw them on the skillet.  You'll only need to cook each one for about 2 minutes per side (which will be rare... adjust accordingly).  At this point the steaks and potatoes are cooking, so chop up some lettuce and whatever other veggies you have in the fridge and top with your fave dressing (I used leftover herb vinaigrette from the other night).  Once the potatoes are finished cooking (10 minutes!), follow the directions on the bag to prepare them.  Then plate it all up, and you've got dinner!

Not my best picture... Andy was hungry so I hurried!

I think it took me longer to write this than it did to make dinner!
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