Hubs is the quintessential meat and potatoes kind of guy, and there's no dinner he likes more than steak, potatoes, and salad. To turn things up a notch, I'll make this recipe, which is a hit every time, and often a regular request when I make my weekly meal planner!
Skirt Steak with Spicy Green Salsa
5 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
coarse salt and ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak
2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for grates
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno chiles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cumin, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle the mixture over the steak; drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Let stand, turning to coat evenly with oil halfway through, for 10 minutes.
Heat a grill to high; lightly oil the grates. Place steak on the grill (fold thin end over so steak is even thickness); cover. Cook, turning once, until the meat is desired doneness, 4-6 minutes for medium-rare.
For the salsa, combine the remaining ingredients with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. The salsa can be refrigerated for 3-4 days; cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface to prevent discoloration.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
2 pounds white new potatoes, quartered and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 large cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
In a large pot, cover potatoes with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 12-15 minutes. Drain.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked potatoes and remaining ingredients (and anything else you might like on a baked potato: chives, onions, etc). Mix at low speed until potatoes are mashed and all ingredients are incorporated. Adjust ingredients to taste.
Both recipes serve 4.
Recipes adapted from Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart.