I know, I know... this post is super late. I'm sorry. Holiday weekend was crazy, there was a lot of running around, and we actually ended up pushing our Culinary Sunday to a Culinary Tuesday. (Gasp! Horror!) Anyways... we did make a fabulous meal and definitely in our Top 5 so far in the history of our little blog.
Cocktail - Pear Saketini
Pear sake, vodka, a little lemon juice, sliced cucumber. Soooo good! Light and refreshing - we each had two. (It was a long day, don't judge.)
Entree - Asian Braised Short Ribs
This is how you do a weeknight meal! Delicious and gourmet with little to no effort! Let me walk you through this. It's 6:30am, I just walked in from the dog park, I'm freezing and need to jump in the shower to get ready for work. I combine all the ingredients for the sauce that's in the recipe in my Crock Pot, mix it up, throw the short ribs in, turn it on low, and it cooks until I get home at 6pm. At 6pm, I remove the ribs (they are falling off the bone at this point and my house smells like heaven), put them in a portable Pyrex dish, put the braising liquids in a fat separator and pour the juices into a portable Pyrex. I then bring to John and Jenn's house. At this point, we throw the braising juices on the stove top and let reduce. (This part takes about 45 minutes.) Once reduced, we pour over the ribs and bake as directed, and then make the jasmine rice and steamed broccoli while baking. 15 minutes later, we're plating and going "yummmm." It was soooo easy! Bear in mind, this is slightly salty. Use low-sodium soy. And don't skimp on the lemongrass, either. Most large chain grocery stores will sell it in individual little packets, so it's worth it! Overall - a delicious and foolproof meal that anyone could pull off!
Wine - 2009 Durigutti Malbec
Wine Spectator - 87/100
Ok, so obviously we didn't make it to Harry's this week, and after two saketinis, we weren't really in a mood to spend a long time going through the wine stockpile and Google-ing what to drink. Sooo... we figured we haven't blogged a Malbec in a while, and we enjoy drinking it, so why the hell not. This lush red was delicious! It had aromas of raspberry and plum with soft tastes of blackberry, chocolate, and wild herbs. It had a savory finish with smooth tannins, and was a fantastic wine to drink. This is a great everyday drinking wine!
Dessert - Vanilla Poached Pears
So adorable and so tasty! (And how cute is the plating!) We poached the pears while reducing the braising liquids for the entree. Then we covered in foil and let them cool outside while we were eating. While finishing our wine and clearing the table, Jennifer made the caramel sauce and voila! These were tender and had incredible flavor. However, the sauce kind of hardened the second it hit the martini glass and wasn't as edible as we would have liked. You may want to find another sauce recipe, or even just buy one from the store - I don't think it would take away from the dessert!
So overall, a delicious meal. One of our favorites due to the simplicity, easy, and out of this world taste. I am truly sorry for delaying this post so long, and we hope you'll forgive us for skipping the appetizer and multiple side dishes. We'll get back to that next week. See you soon!
Next Week - Pork Tenderloin