Looking for the Path to His heart?
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and that cliché is especially true during the holiday season. Most people associate the holidays with spending time with their loved ones, and your man is probably no different. The recipes for this meal are guaranteed to have him hunting for the nearest mistletoe right after he cleans his plate.
To get even more rewards for your efforts, take full advantage of your meal plans and invite him to grab an apron and join you for some quality time. (Since it’s already hot in the kitchen, anyway, why not make it a little hotter?)
GRILLED RIB-EYE STEAKS with DIJON BUTER SAUCE
2 8-ounce rib-eye steaks 2 tsp. steak seasoning 4 bacon slices 2 tsp. butter 1/2 tsp. Worcheshire sauce 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup sliced red bell peppers 1/4 cup sliced green bell peppers 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, dried or fresh
1) Fry the bacon slices in a skillet, then set them aside.
2) Place steaks on a pre-heated grill. The steaks should cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once.
(Note: If you don’t know how to use a grill, this is a great time to let him show you or you can let him man the grill while you work on the sauce.) 3) While the steaks cook, melt the butter in a sauce pan, and stir in Worcheshire sauce, Dijon mustard, and bacon drippings. 4) Add bell peppers to sauce and let them cook until they’re tender. 5) Top steak with sauce and serve immediately.
DOUBLE-STUFFED BAKED POTATOES
3 baking potatoes (Note: There’s an extra potato because one of you may want a second helping!) 2 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for outside of potatoes 1/4 cup sour cream 2 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled) 1 cup cheddar or Colby cheese 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes, for garnish
Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees, Fahrenheit. 2) Prick potatoes with a fork. Then rub extra butter and salt on the outside of potatoes. 3) Bake on cookie sheet for 45-55 minutes, then let them cool for 10-15 minutes. 4) Once cooled, cut the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the insides. 5) Place insides in mixing bowl and stir in butter. 6) Add sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper to the mixture. 7) Beat for one minute, until fluffy, then spoon the mixture back into the potato skins. 8) Bake another 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown on the edges. 9) Cool for 15-20 minutes, then garnish with parsley flakes and serve.
BELGIAN SALAD with RED WINE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
Half a head of Romaine lettuce 1 large head of Belgian endive 1 red onion 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into halves 3 ounces of Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. honey 2 tsp. salt 1 cup olive oil Ground black pepper, to taste
Directions: 1) Cut romaine lettuce into bite=sized pieces and place in a large bowl. 2) Thinly slice the endive, slice the onion into rings, and cut the tomatoes in halves. Add to the lettuce, along with half of the cheese. 3) Put vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper into a blender. 4) While vinegar mixture is blending, slowly pour in the olive oil. 5) Coat salad mix with the vinaigrette dressing. 6) Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then sprinkle the remaining cheese across the top of the salad. 7) Drizzle with more vinaigrette dressing, if desired, and serve immediately.
DELICIOUS AND EASY STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
1 pound of strawberries 1 cup of granulated sugar 1 Sara Lee Pound Cake (Note: These are usually found in the freezer section. Also, you may substitute this for a store-bought angel food cake.) 2 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream 5 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar 1 and 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. orange peel zest (optional)
1) Wash and slice strawberries. Place them in a large bowl.
2) Coat the sliced strawberries with the granulated sugar, and then place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
3) Place heavy cream in mixing bowl and beat while slowly adding confectioner’s sugar.
4) Add vanilla extra to the cream and continue to beat it until stiff peaks form. 5) Cut your cake into inch-thick slices. 6) Melt butter in skillet and lightly toast cake slices on both sides. 7) Cut toasted cake slice into cubes, then top with strawberry mixture and a dollop of the fresh whipped cream. 8) For an extra layer of flavor, sprinkle some of the orange zest on each serving.
This meal is a guaranteed carnivorous man-pleaser, and it’s the perfect choice for a quiet Christmas Eve dinner, an intimate New Year’s Eve, or whenever you want to share a delicious meal with him throughout the year. Besides, turkey and stuffing can be highly over-rated.