Thursday, February 24, 2011

Steak with Balsamic Glaze

Howdy readers!

Thursday already...isn't it funny how the short weeks always feel the longest? It's been a busy week for me so far, with tonight being my first night to actually be home. Tuesday night the boy and I went to go see I Am Number Four at the imax. Surprisingly the theatre was dead and we managed to slip in right before the movie started and score excellent seats. The movie was pretty good (but of course I liked it, I really enjoy sci-fi-ish things). The two negatives I will say is that the chick from Glee was not all that great and they left the end of the movie open for the sequel. This would be fine if I knew 100% that there was going to be a sequel and I wouldn't have to wait years for it. Otherwise, I like all my loose ends tied up at the end of the movie, you know?

Last night the boy and I scored free tickets to go see the Providence College vs. Notre Dame college basketball game. This excited me because of all sports, basketball is one of my favorites and just about the only one I can enjoy watching no matter who is playing or how long it's on. Plus I love March Madness, which is just around the corner, so this game definitely got me all hyped up for that. Our seats were in the second level.

They weren't bad, but the boy and I had our eye on the prize...two seats unoccupied center court on the lower level. We went for them at halftime and improved our view by a LOT.

We left with just a few minutes left in the game to beat the crowd out, and it apparently ended up being a close game. We had a great time though, especially since it was free besides what it cost us to park ($10).

So onto more food-related business...I discovered a super easy (y'all know I'm all about the easy) recipe that can be thrown together during a busy week and has ingredients that everyone has on hand. Steak with a balsamic glaze. This recipe could easily be subbed with chicken or tofu as well, if you're not into red meat. Pair with your favorite vegetable (the original recipe called for radicchio, which I didn't have, so I just substituted broccoli).

*Adapted from Food Network Magazine.

Start with 2 steaks

Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth

Season steaks with salt and pepper. Spray a grill pan with nonstick spray. Cook the steak for 3 minutes on each side, then flip again to make pretty grill marks and do another 3 minutes. Depending on how thick your steaks are, you may want to go more or less.

Remove steaks from pan and slice thinly.

Add 1 tbsp of butter  and the garlic to the pan. Let the garlic sizzle.

Add a pinch of salt, the sugar and balsamic vinegar and cook for about 1 minute. Add the broth and cook until the sauce thickens.

Drizzle sauce over steak and vegetables.


What's your favorite sport/sporting event? Seen any good movies lately? Do you mind if a movie leaves loose ends for a sequel?


  1. That steak looks like perfection! Yum!

    As for sporting events, my husband is obsessed with them all, so I end up at baseball and basketball games, though my only real love is football!

  2. oh i have a fig balsamic vinegar i've been wanting to use on meat, this would make a nice meal for the husband and i next week.
    we saw cedar rapids on monday, hilarious. i love ed helms.

  3. I just made steak last night. A little balsamic glaze would have been perfect to go with it.

    I love hockey games!

  4. Howdy indeed! I love steak and I KNOW I will be adding the balsamic glaze next time!

  5. The steak looks great!

    I love basketball. Hockey is my second favorite sport. You guys moved to fabulous seats!

  6. Thanks for visitng my blog :) I loooove steak but am super intimidated to cook it. haha

  7. I definitely don't make enough steak at home. I don't know why either b/c on the rare occasion I do make, I wonder "Why don't I make this more often?" Anywho, yours looks great.

    I like college basketball for March Madness b/c I live in NC and it's ridiciulous here around that time but am more of a football girl. I'm bored right now and waiting until September when it comes back!