Monday, January 16, 2017

Surprise! You are hosting dinner for 9 in three hours

All the kids were home from college and we had big plans to go ice skating and meet friends for dinner. It was Kate's last night at home,so we wanted to be sure we went someplace she liked. Long story short ... Plans changed on a dime and it was decided that we'd have dinner at home.

We ran to the grocery store and threw together a shopping list on the fly. Tenderloin was on sale, so I purchased that, Kate loves a red wine reduction sauce, and goat cheese mashed potatoes are becoming kind a traditional last-night-before-returning-to-college side dish.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Rub roast with live oil
Place in roasting pan over heavy baking sheet
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
Cook for 30 minutes or until themometer reads 135 or so
Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving

Red Wine Reduction Sauce
1/2 diced shallot
1/2 c red wine
1/2 c beef stock
1T cold butter
1T Dijon mustard
1T parsley

Sautée shallots in olive oil, be careful not to burn them. Add red wine and reduce by half. Add beef stock and reduce by half. Add butter and mustard, mix well to incorporate. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with the tenderloin.

Goat cheese mashed potatoes

Yukon gold potatoes (I usually do one per guest)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
8 oz goat cheese
4 T. Butter
1/2 c. Milk
1 1/2 c. Sour cream
Parmesan cheese, grated

Boil potatoes and garlic for 25 minutes. When they are soft, drain and rice potatoes and garlic into a large bowl. Add goat cheese, butter, milk, and sour cream. Turn that mixture into abating dish and sprinkle. With Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes.

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