Spanish night, Mexican night, French night… I can go on. My favorite way to spend a weekend evening is to have a “night.” Free Saturday nights have been few and far between this summer and fall as my boyfriend and I have navigated our way through a gauntlet of weddings; so I was thrilled to find us without plans on Saturday. We always have a backlog of ideas on what type of night to have next. This time we were up to Argentinean night and it may now be my go to.
In the morning I made a Chimichurri so it would have time to marry before dinner. I grated a few cloves of garlic on the microplane, chopped a small onion, seeded tomato, and a good sized bunch of parsley and poured over some good olive oil and red wine vinegar. A pinch of hot pepper flakes, paprika, and salt and it was ready to hang out until dinner.
We rode our bikes along the boardwalk in Long Beach, NY to the butcher shop where we picked up a lovely, marbled piece of steak, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and a few tiny lamb chops. Yes, that was the line up of meat for 2.
We hurried home to marinate the steak. I don’t over think marinades – a little acid, a little seasoning, and a little oil and I am usually done. This time I used lime juice, garlic, olive oil, oregano, hot pepper flakes, and a dash of worcheshire and just let it do its thing over the salt and pepper I already used to season the meat. For the lamb chops I rubbed them with a garlic and rosemary paste.
While the steak marinated I made the easiest panna cotta recipe from The Sweet Life in Paris blog. I cut the recipe in half, used splenda and unsweetened cocoa in addition to the vanilla and let it set. For an appetizer I rolled up fresh mozzarella and sharp provolone in prosciutto and my boyfriend grilled them until the mozzarella began to melt and the provolone ones get grill marks. We split one to test that they were done and it was all we could do not to shove the rest right into our mouths. Such an easy and delicious appetizer. I am thinking they will make an appearance for Thanksgiving.
To round out the meal we split a grilled yam and some broccolini that was cooked in a foil pouch with a little wine, rice vinegar, and seasoning. I didn’t have the wherewithal to take a shot of the final plated meal due to my overexcitement at eating but I did somehow manage to photograph the tasty beer we found – Cristal (not from Argentina but Peru – the beer distributor wasn’t on board with Argentinean night!)
A little music, a few candles and we had a fun, delicious meal without so much as having to get in the car to shop for ingredients! Beats a shelp into the city for a pricey meal anytime.
Do you have a favorite night or a specific dish you like to focus your evening around?
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