Who da man?

The last set of Project Tasteless challenges was a hot one.

Project Tasteless Challenge #5: I Am, in Fact, Trying to Seduce You and Project Tasteless Challenge #6: Easy Like Sunday Morning Bangover 911

The twist on this one?  The main ingredient from the sexy dinner had to make an appearance in the morning-after breakfast.  Okay, got it.

There was just one problem.

I’m a widow.  A start-up-widow.

Meaning: most evenings, my very hardworking husband dines at his office, while I dine with the stand-in man of the house.

But was I going to let that stop me from making a come-hither dinner?  No, I was not!  Complete with two things that every guy loves: meat and whiskey.

What guy could resist a Bangin’ Bourbon Brown Butter Filet?  Here’s whatcha need:

– 1 large or 2 medium sirloin steaks
– 1 TBSP unsalted butter
– 2 TBSP bourbon
– 1 TBSP honey
– Coarse sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Press salt, pepper and red pepper flakes all over the meat.  But first, call the man of the house into the kitchen and show off the goods.  If he likes it raw, you can give him a little teaser.

Good luck getting him out of the kitchen now!

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high.  Add butter and cook until deep golden brown, about 1 minute.

Reduce heat to medium.  Whisk together honey and bourbon and add it to the skillet – careful if you’re using an open flame burner!  Cook until the intense bubbling and foaming stops and you’re left with a lovely brown glaze, 1-2 minutes.

Add steak and cook, turning over every couple of minutes, until done as desired.  My filet was quite thick and took about 10-11 minutes to get to the very rare end of medium-rare.  (Just like my little helper, I like it raw!)

So, easy enough, right?  But here’s the secret: babysit that steak while it’s cooking and constantly brush the glaze from the pan over it while it cooks.

No licking the meat, though.  (That’s – um, not what she said.)

Delightfully charred on the outside.  Soft and tender on the inside.  With a side of taters and a simple salad.  Perfection.

Time for date night with Pat and Vanna.

And a seduction fail.  Because everyone’s asleep on the couch by the time the real man of the house gets home from work.

Such is the life of a start-up widow!  But clearly I’m proud of the hubs and supportive of him as he works his tail off on this business.   So supportive, in fact, that I got up super early this morning to make him breakfast.

Morning Meat Breakfast Tacos

His and hers.  Flavorful and easy.  And not one, but TWO leftover ingredients from last night’s dinner!  So brush your teeth, toss that JBF hair back in a ponytail, and get cookin’:

– 1 TBSP butter
– 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
– 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
– 1/2 C mashed potatoes
– 1 egg
– 1 TSP mayo
– Leftover steak, thinly sliced along the grain
– Cayenne pepper, Paprika, salt and red pepper flakes
– 1 thick slice of cheddar cheese
– 2 small tortillas

Melt butter in a medium skillet.  You can even use the same skillet from last night’s steak, if you couldn’t be bothered to do the dishes because you were, um, indisposed.  (In my case?  I was just lazy.)

Add shallot and cook until golden, 3-5 minutes.  Add onions and cook until tender, an additional 5 minutes.  Stir in potatoes.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg and mayo (and no, you may not use Greek yogurt here).  Add a dash each of cayenne, paprika, salt and red pepper flakes and mix in to eggs.

Push the potato-onion mixture to one side of the skillet and add the egg to the other side.  Once egg begins to hang together a bit, scramble it with the potato-onions.  Add steak and cook until everything is heated through.

Tastes better than it looks.  Kind of like you, first thing in the morning.

Divide in to two piles and top with cheese; cover skillet and turn heat off.  Once cheese is melted, transfer each pile to a warm tortilla.

Too much meat for this taco?  Nah.

And with that, the hubs hurried off to the office once again.  Such is life.

But ya know what?  One sit-down meal a day is more than we usually get together, and if it has to be a breakfast – well, I’ll take it.  And eating dinner on the couch alone is a whole lot better when you seduce yourself with a delicious meal.

Happy dinner dates and bangovers to all!  Can’t wait to read the rest of the entries!  Meanwhile, there’s a furry guy in my bed just waiting for a mid-morning rub-down.  I think he likes being the stand-in man of the house.


16 responses to “Who da man?

  1. That all looks incredible, and you are a good wife to get up early and make breakfast! I think my new roommates are appalled by just how much I talk to my cat.

  2. so. much. innuendo. my head is spinning.


    Also, it’s nice to see a dish full of MEAT



    I can’t stop.


  3. YUM. and the first picture of your cat is hilarious. just what i wanted to see in the morning 😉

  4. Your cat is beautiful!!

    and that meal, well, I was drooling at both the steak dinner and breakfast meat tacos.

  5. YET AGAIN, I can’t even pick my favorite one-liner from this post, because there are too many witty and hilarious zingers to choose from.

  6. this is seriously funny. like, really really funny. and i want all of this bangin’ good food nowwww.

  7. I think this is the best blog post I have ever read. ’nuff said.

  8. did you brush your teeth with the leftover bourbon? ok, kidding, that looked like meat I’d love to eat.

  9. did you brush your teeth with the leftover bourbon? hah. Great recipe, looks like meat I’d like to lick and bite. Yum!

  10. “Too much meat for this taco? Nah.”

    (that’s what she said)
    This post WAS. AWESOME.

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  12. I’m not a big meat eater, but this seriously got the tastebuds going, among other things.

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