Special Occasion Meal

18 Aug

Tonight was Steve’s last day of school.  Ever!  I wanted to make him a special dinner to celebrate when he got home, but I wanted it to be a surprise.  His exam started at 6 and his school is 25 minutes from home.  I get out of work at 5:30, which meant I would have to get to the food store, go for a very quick run, and start dinner before 7:00.  I can do this.  I needed something really good that wouldn’t be too time consuming.  I decided on filet mignon with balsamic glaze, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and salad.  We have been trying to only eat meat once a week (possible going 100% meatless, but that is a whole other post), so it seemed fitting for a special occasion like this.  For dessert would be one of my favorite healthy desserts ever – banana soft serve.  I decided to make a cookies and cream, nutella, banana soft serve.  Why the heck not?  I first read about banana soft serve from Angela at Oh She Glows and have been addicted ever since.  You can add anything you want to put your own spin on it, which I love.  And the best part is that it really tasted like soft serve ice cream.  So, so good!  Anyway, let’s get down to business!

What you will need for dinner:

2 – 6 ounce filet mignons

1 small bunch of asparagus

2 slices of prosciutto

1 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp brown sugar

What you will need for dessert:

2 frozen bananas

3-4 tbsp nutella (preference)

4 oreos (broken up)

*Note – Take the banana peel off of 2 bananas, cut up into 1 inch pieces, place in a little sandwich baggy and put them in the freezer.  They should be in there at least 2-3 hours, so do this a little earlier

Dinner Preparation:

Place balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in brown sugar, cover, and let it sit – only whisking occasionally – until you have a syrup-like consistency.  Preheat oven to 450F.  Take out steaks to let them get to room temperature.  Lightly season with salt and pepper and set aside.  Rinse asparagus and break off the ends.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  While water is boiling, create an ice bath by putting ice cubes in a large bowl of water – this is to shock the asparagus when they come out of the boiling water to stop them from over cooking.  Preheat an oven-safe, lightly sprayed skillet so it is HOT before you add the steaks.  Place steaks on skillet and sear for 2 minutes on each side.  Once this is done, place skillet in the oven for approximately 5 minutes for medium rare.  If you have a digital thermometer you want it to read around 135.  While the steaks are in the oven, place the asparagus in the boiling water for about 1 minute.  Drain and immediately place them in the ice bath for just a few seconds.  Remove from ice bath and place on a paper towel.  When steaks are done, put them on a plate and let them sit.  Cut the prosciutto into small strips and wrap around pieces of asparagus.  Pour the balsamic glaze over the steaks, prepare your salad, and serve!  Like this:

Dessert Preparation:

Place frozen banana pieces in a food processor until completely smooth – this may take a few minutes.  Once smooth, add Nutella and Oreos and process until all ingredients are incorporated.  Serve immediately.

I’m happy to report that Steve was surprised and loved every bit of his celebratory dinner.  Congrats Steve, I’m so proud of you!!

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4 Responses to “Special Occasion Meal”

  1. Steve August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Yummo! That was a great dinner…And a great surprise as well!

  2. Irene August 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    That looks and sounds delicious! Congrats to Steve!

  3. Patrick August 20, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Congratulations to Steve! The banana soft serve sounds awesome! We will have to try it with some modified ingredients.

  4. Debbie Hoernlein August 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Looks good and sounds delicous. Can’t wait to try. Steve looks like he is definitely enjoying it. Congrats to Steve!

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