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Quick And Easy Steak Dinner
Sometimes, it is never very easy to make a simple dinner / meal decision. Not in the, “I wonder what I want more for dinner: chicken or fish?”, but in the, “Is it my turn for Sunday lunch or their turn? I better get something just in case”, way.
Not that long ago, I had that type of dilemma and wound up with a bunch of small steaks in the freezer. It didn’t hurt that they were a “5 for 5” deal at the store, (which is good for a large group of dinner guests); but it was not our turn for food that weekend, and we ended up having Mexician food that Sunday.
So, instead of freezing all the steaks, I keep two of them out (in the refrigerator) so I could make dinner the following evening.
Now, this is the kind of recipe that can have many, many different variations. I tend to use whatever is in the fridge when I make these kinds of simple meals. The whole idea of a stress and fuss-free meal means you don’t rush out to the store to pick up some extra, needed ingredients; you just use what you have.
With my steaks, I like salsa to spice up the meat. A lot of people are used to having barbeque sauce on their steaks but not me. It’s not that I hate the barbeque sauce, but I grew up loving everything barbeque (chips, peanuts, even dipping chicken nuggets in barbeque sauce), and I kind of had my fill up it. (Plus, the barbeque sauce tends just run off of the steaks when you bake them.)
I also add onions and diced tomatoes (we had left over ingredients from the homemade burritos), but I also like to add carrots, garlic and celery, but I didn’t have any at the time. You can add or subtract any of these ingredients with your own personal favorites.
This meal is quick, simple and basic, but it makes a great dinner with a full flavor and will only take about an hour to make from start to finish.
-Two steaks (6 to 8 ounces is good)
-1 diced yellow onion (or one (1) cup of diced onion)
-1 seeded and dice tomato (or one (1) cup of diced tomato)
-1 cup (8 ounces) of salsa (your personal is best)
-Salt, to taste (a teaspoon is fine)
-Fresh cracked Black Pepper, taste (1/2 tablespoon is good—less if you wish)
-Crushed Red Pepper flake (1/4 teaspoon is a descent amount; a little goes a long way)
-2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
-A medium sized baking / casserole dish
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease the baking dish with the olive or vegetable oil.
- Place the steak in the baking dish
- Sprinkle the steaks with half of the salt, the pepper and the red pepper flakes that you chose to use (the other half goes on the top, right before baking).
- Evenly spread the diced onions or the steaks.
- Evenly spread the seeded and diced tomatoes or the steaks.
- Top everything, evenly with one cup of salsa.
- Sprinkle the rest of the salt, black pepper and red pepper flake over the top of the steaks.
- Bake the steaks for 45 minutes, uncovered.
- When time is up, remove the steaks from the oven and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes before serving with garlic bread.