Sweet Jesus! Were these some giant rib-eyes! Not paying much attention at the butcher counter, I said, yeah, just give me a couple that are nice and thick…little did I notice that each steak was damn near close to a pound each! I would like to point out that I was not able to finish mine. Or, it might have just been that I got suckered into my begging dog’s cute little puppy eyes and decided to share with him. Either way, I’m certain I exceeded my recommended daily allowance of red meat. Oh well. You only live once, right?
As for the beet greens, I’m excited to say those came from our garden. The beets themselves turned out pretty small and pathetic; we only got a handful or so of nice big ones. However, we had a nice big bunch of beet tops from all of the measly beets, so I sauteed those and combined them with our acceptable beets that I roasted.
Rib-Eyes with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
- 2 Rib-Eyes (feel free to not go quite so over-board and get ones as big as ours)
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (or any variety of small tomatoes – I think we actually used yellow teardrops. The key is to use beautifully ripe tomatoes)
- 2 shallots, peeled but left whole
- 2 garlic cloves, left in their skin
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated in half
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
Generously season rib-eyes with (preferably Kosher) salt and (preferably fresh-cracked) pepper. Grill over a hot grill about 6 minutes per side for medium rare, depending on size for rib-eyes (a little less if you rib-eyes are smaller). Let steaks rest after grilling for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix cherry tomatoes, shallots, and garlic with 2 tablespoons olive oil and some salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
Remove garlic from pan and squeeze garlic from thier paper into a medium sized bowl. (The roasty garlic should become all soft and squishy and mellowy-sweet tasting during its time in the oven). Smash garlic with a fork until it forms a bit of a a paste. Add vinegar and stir up until somewhat mixed up. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with a little salt and pepper.
Roughly chop roasted shallots and add to vinaigrette. Add tomatoes and any juices that have accumulated in the roasting pan (because those juices are delicious!) Add chives and give it all a nice stir. Taste to for any extra needed seasoning. Spoon over rib-eyes.
Roasted Beets with Sauteed Beet Greens
- About 1/2 pound or so of beets with their greens (tops)
- Olive oil
Cut off beet tops and chop. Rinse and drain and set aside.
Scrub and trim off root ends of beets. Put in a roasted pan, drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Cover tightly with foil and roast in a 400 degree oven about 35 – 40 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the beet with a knife. Remove from oven and let cool.
With a paper towel, wipe/rub away outer skin of beets. Yes, this gets messy and may stain your hands and you’ll probably use a couple paper towels. But, for me, beets are delicious and totally worth it.
After beets are peeled, cut into quarters (or a manageable size for eating, depending on the size of your beets).
For greens, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a good drizzling of olive oil and heat up pan. Add beet greens and season with some salt and pepper. Saute until beet greens get all wilted, about 7-8 minutes. Toss in the roasted beets and give another little drizzle of olive oil and check to see if needs any more seasoning.