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Gaelic Steak Flambe – This recipe could bring the house down!

I thought that I would go ahead and do a blog post for St. Patty’s Day before the actual holiday since I cooked Valentine’s Dinner on Valentine’s Day and I guess that really is too late if you are interested in trying this recipe yourself! We did have quite the flame that evening and torching food is always fun, so this is a really cool recipe (especially if you are in the mood to impress someone with your culinary talents!). 😉

I wanted to prepare a good traditional Irish dish, but was not going with what everyone knows – Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash or Irish Stew. No…..I had to find something different (because I am just that kind of gal)! My hubby found this recipe online. The Gaelic Steak Flambe is served with Sean’s Irish Champ (betcha never heard of that!), which is a fancy name for smashed potatoes with scallions and a big, fat pat of butter. Yes, I said full fat, salted butter! I was also lucky to find a beautiful bunch of rapini which I served with the filet and potatoes. So, after much photography and time cooking this dinner, we had a lovely, Irish steak dinner!

This really was an awesome recipe for the steak and the potatoes. I changed the recipe for the steak quite a bit, so I will give you my version. The one thing that is the same is the Irish Whiskey! You cannot have a St. Patty’s Day dinner without including that! 😉 I have made a few changes to the potato recipe as well.

Gaelic Steak Flambe

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 medium shallots, chopped
3 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
2 8 oz. filets
Freshly ground coarse black pepper
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
3/4 cup half and half
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Have filets at room temperature. Coat completely in black pepper.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat in an ovenproof skillet. Saute shallots for a minute or two, then add the mushrooms. Continue cooking until the mushrooms are slightly brown and the shallots are soft. Remove and set aside.

3. Turn the heat up in the pan. Saute the steaks quickly on both sides (this should take between 2-5 minutes each side).

The steaks should be nicely seared.

Put them in the oven for 5-10 minutes to finish.

Mine took about 7 minutes. The filets were a little over 1 inch thick. The temperature was 145 degrees at the center for medium. Remove the steaks from the oven and put on a plate.

4. Melt the other tablespoon of butter in another pan over low heat. (I chose a copper oval fry pan because of how quickly and evenly it heats.). Add the steaks. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Pour the whiskey over the steaks and ignite!

When the flames die down, turn the steaks over for about 30 seconds. Remove and tent the steaks on a warm plate.
5. Add the shallots and mushrooms back to the pan with the whiskey and slowly add half and half. Turn up the temperature a bit.

Add Worcestershire sauce and salt to taste. Stir and cook a few minutes to thicken sauce and pour over steaks.

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Irish Camp

2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
1/2 c. whole milk
Salt and pepper
Half and half to finish
Pats of salted butter

1. Boil potatoes in salted water, until tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Drain and return to pan. Stir and cook the potatoes over low heat until dry.
3. Heat the milk with the scallions in a small saucepan to almost boiling.
4. Mash the potatoes (I like leaving them a little rustic and chunky – it felt more Irish that way!)
5. Add milk, scallions and salt and pepper to taste to potatoes. I threw in a few tablespoons of half and half for a richer taste.

5. Keep warm until ready to serve.
6. Serve with a big pat of butter (yes, that’s right!) on top of each serving.

Sauteed Rapini

Enough rapini for 2 servings
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Good Olive oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling.
2. Add rapini and cook for 2 minutes.

Remove and place in an ice bath. Then, drain until ready to use.
3. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet. Add garlic and saute for a couple of minutes (do not brown).
4. Add rapini and saute with red pepper flakes until hot enough to serve. Season with salt and pepper.

I would say Bon Appetit in Irish, but it would certainly not make sense to most of us (you would not believe what the translation looked like!). Instead, I chose something we are probably more familiar with – Erin Go Bragh!


Oh, and do not forget a great bottle of wine to serve with dinner. I think we deserved it after all of the time spent in the kitchen! Pride Mountain is a traditional California Merlot that is velvety smooth and has deep flavors of blackberry and dark fruit with hints of herbs and cocoa. It was an incredible bottle of wine and complimented the dinner perfectly!

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Baked Potato and Parsnip Puree

I am going to tell you right off that this dish is not hubby approved! My husband absolutely cannot stand parsnips, but that has not stood in my way on many an occasion to still cook up a few of these little guys and add them to soups and stocks or smashed potatoes. I actually really enjoy the sweetness that parsnips add. I do imagine that you either love or hate them, so if you do not like parsnips, you probably will not even be reading this blog!

Strange thing is that my 20-year-old son (who by the way never liked much of anything until recently, unless of course, it was in a restaurant) ate 2 heaping piles of this stuff with my short ribs and loved every bite! Go figure! He actually complimented the dish. Shocking! So, I had one fan and one begging for just the potatoes!

I originally tracked down this recipe on the Food Network site, but have made so many changes, I will just tell you what I do and you can mix it up any way you like. The original recipe called for WAY too much butter and heavy cream and we all know that is not in the food eating adjustment in January while trying to stay on a so-called “diet”. Dessert is another matter, but I am not wasting calories and fat on veggies. Besides, this is very tasty with far less fat in it.

If you want the dish to taste more like potatoes, change the proportions. Anything will work. It is just smashed veggies! The only picture I took was before we baked the dish. Things were crazy right before dinner, so I did not get to snap a photo. Just be sure to brown the top under the broiler before serving.

Baked Potato and Parsnip Puree
Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes and parsnips (I used about 1/2 and 1/2)
1 bay leaf
3 Tbsp. butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup no-fat half and half
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated
Paprika (optional)

Preheat to 375 degrees. Wash and peel the veggies. Cut potatoes into quarters and parsnips into halves. Place in a pot of water with bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Cook approximately 15-20 minutes until tender. Using a mixer, beat together and add butter, half and half and salt and pepper to taste. You may want to add more butter or half and half. That’s up to you, but this is what I do.

Place mixture in a small, buttered casserole dish. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake about 20 minutes, until heated through. Place under a broil for a few seconds until top is browned.

This is a great dish to make ahead and then pop in the oven before dinner. Serve it to all of those folks that love parsnips. Or as my husband says – serve it to guests if you want an early night! 😉 It really is very tasty (regardless of what he thinks) and 20-year-old son approved!

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