Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Dinner - week 4

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Parker's Beef Stew (recipe courtesy of Barefoot Contessa)

I love this stew. A friend of mine served it for dinner one night and it was delicious! You can find the recipe for it here. Remember that you have to marinate the beef the night before so plan ahead. The recipe may seem complex but it's really not. Just follow the directions carefully. My friend also served this dish with acorn squash and popovers - the recipes are provided below.

Acorn Squash

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut squash in half and clean out the seeds. Cut again so they are in quarters.
3. Place them in a pyrex dish filled with a little water.
4. Cover the dish in foil and bake for 45 minutes.
5. Add salt and pepper if desired.


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1 1/2 tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 extra large eggs at ROOM TEMPERATURE
1 1/2 cups whole milk at ROOM TEMPERATURE

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Generously grease popover pan with melted butter or spray
3. Place the pan in the oven for 2 minutes to preheat
4. Whisk together flour, salt, eggs, milk and melted butter until smooth (the batter will be thin)
5. Take the preheated popover pans out of the oven and fill it half full
6. Bake for EXACTLY 30 minutes and DO NOT PEEK.

Three secrets for a perfect popover: make sure the popover pan is HOT before you fill it, fill each section of the popover pan no more than half full, and please, no peeking in the oven. You will be rewarded with yummy and perfect popovers!

Enjoy your Sunday dinner!