What's On My Table

Are these the biggest steaks you've ever seen or what????? I really wanted to put the photo at the top, but I didn't want to gross you out. I wanted to eeeeaaaassssseeeee you into it. Look.

HUGE. I long ago threw the wrapping away, otherwise I would tell you exactly how much they weighed, but I would guess somewhere around 3/4 to 1 pound EACH. Again, huge. Yes, they are filet's and they are delicious. I buy my filets from Costco, because it makes absolutely no financial sense not to! I used to think shopping there was only for big families, but it works out very well for me. For about $70, I can buy 3 lbs. (or more) of beef tenderloin, 2.5-3 lbs. of salmon, 12-16 boneless pork chops, 24 packaged chicken thighs (packed 6 to a pouch) OR 12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and 2 frozen food items. I'm bad about repackaging stuff for the freezer, but I always get it done before the expiration date (do I get points for that?). This will easily last me 2 months, and having the food keeps me from having to run out, or stop and pick something up, and I also tend to get larger portions when buying from Costco. Most of the filet's I see at the grocery store are like, $12 for 1 lb. total, or less. A pack for 4 from Costco ranges from $23-$30 and is soooooo worth it. Plus, with the ones from Costco, I can eat half, and then slice the rest for salads or sandwiches and it lasts so much longer. It's so worth it. Okay, this is the end of my Costco public announcement because I'm starting to sound like 2 people I know, who shall remain nameless.
If you're wondering about the sauce in the pan, it's 1/2 c. of red wine, and 1/2 c. of balsamic vinegar. I love balsamic vinegar--it can sting your eyes over the stove, but it's so good. I love that smell, too. The recipe actually calls for 1/4 c. of both, but since my steaks tend to be really large (and I like the extra glaze), I double it. I also add fresh minced garlic, and a few tablespoons of brown sugar to sweeten the glaze. Brown each side, and then cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until preferred doneness. I take the steaks out and turn the heat up on the sauce to get it to reduce a bit, but even if you don't do that, it's still good and SUPER easy.
I threw some mushrooms I had on had in at the end, this time, and made mashed potatoes to go along with. Umm ummmmm!!!! I want to channel Dora and say, "Can you say 'delicioso?'". I love recipes that can be made with items you're likely to have on hand, so this is a keeper for me. I'll even do it with cheaper cuts of meat from the grocery up the street (though it's not quite as good) if I'm going to use it for salads/sandwiches/snacks only. This is so good, and you know where I got it from. I'm a recipe person, I can't help it. I've never been good at just throwing stuff together and hoping for the best, that's just not my area and I'm okay with that. But the good Lord gave me the sense to be able to follow a recipe, so I do just that!! I'll always promise to share when they're good, and this one is a keeper. As always, let me know if you try it.

Balsamic Glazed Filets


1/4 c. Red Wine
1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
(brown sugar, garlic, and mushrooms are optional)
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