I wrote last week how hubby planned our dinner Saturday night with steak and crunchy noodle salad. We all chipped in with the preparations. Dessert was my assignment. The salad was prepared by hubby and our darling daughter, who wasn’t even going to be there for dinner that night. She works part time at our favorite local Italian restaurant as a hostess, bus girl and takeout help. The sauce for the steak was prepared by hubby himself. All fresh ingredients and the end result was delicious.
We followed dinner up with wine by the fire pit.
Crunchy Noodle Salad
1 pound thin spaghetti
1 pound sugar snap peas
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded, and thinly sliced
4 scallions (with and green parts), sliced diagonally
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, bring another large pot of salted water to a boil, add the sugar snap peas, return to a boil, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp tender. Lift the sugar snap peas from the water with a slotted spoon and immerse them in a bowl of ice water. Drain.
For the dressing, whisk together the vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and peanut butter in a medium bowl.
Combine the spaghetti, sugar snap peas, peppers and scallions in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the spaghetti mixture. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and the parsley and toss together.
Argentinean Barbecued Steak
3 pounds skirt steak
3 tablespoons olive oil
Chimichurri Sauce, recipe follows
Preheat your grill to high or preheat a ridged grill pan until very hot.
Rub the steaks with the olive oil and season them with salt. Grill the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for a medium-rare to medium, or longer for medium-well or well done. Serve with Chimichurri Sauce.
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
To make the Chimichurri, place the vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, oregano, and garlic in a blender and puree. With the motor running, add the olive oil, blending until the sauce comes together. Add the red pepper flakes and salt and pepper, to taste.
Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve at room temperature.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups