Week 5- Skirt Steak with Stout Pan Sauce and Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes, and Gooey Butter Cake Squares

Meet the Contenders: 

  • Skirt Steak with Stout Pan Sauce and Cheddar Bacon Mashed Potatoes
  • Gooey Butter Cake Squares

Cooking Time: 30 min.
Rating: 2 heaping platefuls!
In three words: Gravy, gravy, gravy!

What we liked: Anything that combines meat, bacon, cheese, and gravy is bound to be delicious.  Everything was pretty simple and quick to make, though we diverged a bit from the recipe when making the stout sauce by adding some extra beer and sugar to cut the overwhelming mustard taste. Other than that simple fix, it was a delicious dinner and SO easy. It has all the panache of a fancy Sunday night meal but all the quick and easy for a 30-minute weeknight dinner. Oh! And…we used a secret ingredient to make our cheddar bacon mashed potatoes even better–bacon grease!  Perhaps not the most healthy of dinners, but hey, it was before the new year so resolutions hadn’t come into play yet.

What we didn’t: As we said, the sauce was a bit too mustardy when made according to the recipe but with our adjustments it was better.  As a couple of huge gravy lovers, it was important to us for the sauce to be perfect, and it ended up being pretty damn good. We would also be curious to try this sauce with a different cut of meat. Skirt steak worked well because of how thin it is, but perhaps a more quality piece of beef would have added a little more flavor to the dish.

The Cake Squares
(recipe from Gilt Taste)

Cooking Time: 40 min.
Rating: 1 LB SUGAR!
In three words: Sugar, butter, cream-cheese

What we liked: The novelty. These looked interesting and, in the holiday spirit, we tried to go all out with our Christmas colors. If you like lots and lots and lots of sugar, these are the desert for you.

What we didn’t: Lots and lots and lots of sugar. Like, too much. This probably should have been apparent from reading the recipe, but these squares are SWEET and there is nothing that cuts the taste of the powdered sugar. We used unsalted butter, and maybe it would have been better to add more salt, but, sadly, a lot of these little guys ended up in the trash. Our attempt at holiday spirit also ended up looking more garishly neon than “christmas” which didn’t help to make them seem more appetizing. Sorry, little butter squares, it just didn’t work out this time.



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