Sometimes when life won’t settle down, it’s important to etch out time for things that nurture us. For me, my sanctuary is time spent with my husband, and as much as I love my kids and the hours spent caring for them, I equally love alone time with John – and I need it to stay sane!
The other evening we made the boys an early dinner that John and I barely nibbled on in between taking care of ten million other things. Many, many hours later, after the boys were asleep and life had settled down, we ended up making a second dinner for the two of us. The experience was a pleasant reminder that cooking a meal together is a great way to just “be” together. Here’s what we came up with.
Steak and Broccoli With Port Sauce
1 big t-bone steak (or cut of your choice)
1 shallot minced
3 garlic cloves minced
¼ cup chicken broth
1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
½ cup port (I’m sure red wine would work also, but we had a bottle of port by chance so we used it…)
1 tbsp dried thyme leaves
1 head of broccoli
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle of olive oil
Sprinkle both sides of your steak with sea salt and pepper. In a skillet, sear the steak for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove the steak from the skillet and set aside. In the same pan with the steak drippings, add a drizzle of olive oil and saute the shallots and garlic until the shallots are transparent. While the shallots and garlic are cooking, finish your steak under the broiler for about 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Also, steam your broccoli. Add the port to the pan with the shallots and garlic and whisk together, making sure to get all the yummy bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock, thyme, and mustard and whisk until blended. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute. Place the steak and the broccoli on a plate and pour the sauce over everything.