Roast Beef with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce
2 lb top round roast
1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 T Black Peppercorns ( Add to a ziplock baggy and crush slightly with a meat mallet)
2 t olive oil
3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup minced shallot or onion
1/4 c brandy
2 T corn starch
3/4 c heavy cream
1 t Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 325, place in roasting or broiler pan, sprinkle all sides with Montreal Steak seasoning. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours or until it reaches 150 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing ( * slice this cut of beef thin to avoid toughness)
In a lage pan heat oil over med high heat add onions and cook until soft, add garlic and peppercorns and cook 1 more minute. Deglaze pan by adding brandy while still over med high heat. Add beef broth and bring to a simmer. Combine cold cream with cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk into pan with broth and cook over low until sauce thickens, add mustard . Serve over sliced meat.
This is a yummy side dish or a meatless main meal, would also be a lovely side for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Roasted Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cheese
1 package orzo pasta cooked and drained
I cup chopped eggplant
I cup chopped and peeled acorn or butternut squash
1/2 cup carrots chopped
1/2 cup chopped bell peppers, I used yellow and red
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 c chopped onion
2T olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Toss all chopped vegetables with 1 T olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread on a sheet pan and put into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.
Add vegetables to a large bowl and add in cooked and drained pasta, 1 T olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Serve.
*Use what you have on hand this is a great way to use up leftover vegetables, be creative.
What is a more classic combination than pork and apples? This is an updated version of pork chop and applesauce night. It’s made in a slow cooker and has a beautiful, savory ,and delicate flavor of apples and ginger.
Apple Ginger Pork Roast
1 1/2 lb pork loin roast
2 T coarsely chopped fresh ginger
1 large onion quartered
3 large or 4 small apples peeled and sliced into 1 inch wedges (use a firm variety)
3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
2T soy sauce
2 C chicken broth
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground nutmeg
Add roast, apples, onions, garlic and ginger to a large crock pot / slow cooker. Add soy, chicken broth, vinegar and spices. Turn on high, cover and cook for 4 hours.
Remove Roast and slice, meat will be very tender.
Serve, I served mine on top of mashed potatoes and served the au jus and apples from the pot over the top.