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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekend Cooking- Father's Day Dinner

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This weekend is Father's Day, and I always like to make a delicious dinner to honor my wonderful husband and father of our two fantastic sons.

The meal below came from an appearance by America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball on The Today Show in April. It's for Rib Eye Steaks with Tarragon Smashed Potatoes, and I have made it before to rave reviews. (The potatoes are a new family favorite)

Recipe: Rib-eye steaks with tarragon smashed potatoes

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 4 (10-ounce) bone-in rib-eye steaks, 1 inch thick, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Place potatoes in large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Add 1 tablespoon salt, bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes; drain and return to pot. Add sour cream, 4 tablespoons butter, and tarragon, and mash with potato masher. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving bowl and cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, pat steaks dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook steaks until well browned and meat registers 120 to 125 degrees F (for medium-rare), 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to platter, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and mushrooms to now empty skillet and cook until mushrooms start to brown, about 8 minutes. Add sherry and cook until reduced to glaze, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and cook until reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Off heat, whisk in heavy cream and remaining 2 tablespoons butter until butter is melted and sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve steak with potatoes and top with mushroom sauce.
Serving Size
Serves 4
If the kids want to help make Dad dinner,  Kraft Foods Low-Fat Raspberry Summer Sensation, is an easy and tasty summer treat that they can put together with a little help from Mom if they are little, or on their own if they are a bit older.

Enjoy your Father's Day weekend, give your Dad a treat and tell him how much you love him!


  1. My husband loves steak - but I'm not allowed to buy it nor cook it ... apparently I can't make it as good as he can :-) The tarragon mashed potatoes though - I've never used that spice so I'll have to try it one day.

    1. We're not big tarragon fans, but we all liked the tarragon mashed potatoes. It brightens up the potatoes.

  2. This sounds amazing. And since it's from America's Test Kitchen, we know it will taste great.

  3. I commented through Chrome, but it didn't seem to post. I'll try again:

    This looks absolutely amazingly good. And because it's ATK, we know the recipe will work perfectly time and again.

    Enjoy Father's Day with your men.

  4. Awww..ATK!
    Live the steak of course, but the potatoes sound divine!

  5. Count us in for anything with steak and potatoes. Mushrooms are a given! Looks fantastic and definitely will be on my menu very soon.
    Have a great weekend, Happy Father's day!

  6. Lucky man!!

    The raspberry dish looks so impressive. We may have to give that a try, because what a splashy thing to bring to pot lucks this summer!!

    1. My son told me last night it's his favorite dessert, and it's so easy.

  7. Steak and potatoes - just the ticket for a chap. Have a great week.

  8. My husband or my father would enjoy all of those dishes.

  9. Never never go wrong with ATK! Very tasty dinner.

  10. Tarragon smashed potoatoes? Filing this away in 'brilliant ideas'! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Oh man that sounds REALLY good. I will make this later this summer when my tarragon is more established and can afford to provide me with enough to make 2T! ha!

  12. I've never made smashed potatoes before but have some red potatoes that are screaming to be cooked so I might try this method. I would have never thought to use tarragon with potatoes either!