Easy “Slightly Fancy” Dinner
Seriously, Trader Joe’s has stepped up their game in the meat department. The prime filet mignon is pricey but really good. They are small so not so bad if you are watching your red meat intake.
When we have a partially leftover baguette, I put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer so that I can make fresh croutons whenever I want.
Home-made Croutons (they are so much better than most packaged ones):
- When frozen, I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds to thaw.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut the baguette into cubes (I use scissors).
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and pepper.
- Toast in oven for about 8 minutes (but keep an eye on them!) until browned.
Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Decant your red wine (have a sip… uh oh, CHECK THE CROUTONS). I bought this one as the label looked good (and it wasn’t expensive). And it’s good.
French Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts
- add two tablespoons of walnut oil and one tablespoon olive oil to the pan on medium/high heat.
- throw in the green beans and one lemon, cut in half, cut side down on the pan.
- cook the beans, tossing occasionally for 6 or 7 minutes or until some are slightly browned.
- remove from heat.
- Add a handful of walnuts, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon juice from the cooked lemons all over.
- Leave at room temperature until ready to serve.
Filet Mignon Cooked in a Cast-iron skillet
Toss the salad with a simple vinaigrette and serve!