Party In Your Mouth Balsamic Steak with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Welcome to the Party!

Welcome to the Party!

I heard Jerry Seinfeld once talking about how when clothes are in the wash, it’s like they are going to a party.  It’s hilarious, every time I hear it I stop and listen, because it just cracks me up to give inanimate objects personalities.  If you haven’t seen it, please stop, and go watch it here. So think about it, here the little laundry is just dancing around in the bubbles.  I love it.

So my brain naturally migrated to how ingredients are actually little party attendees!  Here they come, the cute little garlic who needs a LOT of time and attention to get perfectly dressed and look amazing to her date the potato.  And how about that balsamic marinade dating the steak.  Kissing and loving on each other for a half hour before the party even starts! So welcome to the party, here are some directions as to how you can make this party in your mouth with every bite. 😉

One of the things I LOVE about this recipe I created is that a lot of the ingredients do double duty. There’s garlic in the marinade and the mashed potatoes, the Balsamic Vinegar is both the marinade and the sauce, and Rosemary (fresh if you have it) is sprinkled everywhere.  This sharing of ingredients on the plate really helps tie the meal together.  Anytime you can share ingredients, even just one with the dishes on the plate, it really makes for a more cohesive meal, and makes you look like a super party planner. I hope you all enjoy my new creation.

Balsamic Steak with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Created by Dani Rice and written with directions as you go, so everything comes out nice and warm and tasty.

Ingredients:

Balsamic Steak

  • 1/4 cup balsamic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove smashed
  • 1 Tsp dried rosemary (fresh if you have it)
  • Pepper
  • 2 nice beautiful steaks (we get ours from Costco, so the’re thick and yummy)
  • 1 Large Ziploc baggie

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt (Kosher if you have it)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 golden potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (you can use fat free if you want)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary (fresh if you have it)

Balsamic Sauce

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey

Let the Magic Begin To start the party, preheat the oven to 350, and start the coals on the grill for maximum heat when the steaks are ready. You can also play some Pitbull to get you in the groove.

Marinade and Steak Sitting in a Tree

Marinade and Steak Sitting in a Tree.

Ms. Marinade, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Steak. Let the love begin. Mix the Marinade in a small bowl:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed (seriously you don’t need to cut it up, just smash it to get the juices out)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary (fresh if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Place the steaks in the plastic Ziploc bag, and add the marinade. Seal and squish together and let them hang out and get to know each other. You can sing, Marinade and Steak sitting in a tree.  K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Meanwhile, the Garlic is magically starting to turn from hard and cold to a hot and buttery dance partner. For this party prep you will need:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt (Kosher if you have it)
  • Pepper to taste

Cut the top off of the garlic head.  Cut off about 1/4 inch from the top so that way all the garlic cloves are peeking out of the top.  Peel off the excess skin off of the head, without allowing the garlic head to fall apart. Put in garlic roaster, and pour olive oil on the top of it and then sprinkle it with salt and pepper Cover and put in oven for 15 minutes. And now, the beautiful golden potatoes enter the room, looking a little dry, so they get a drink. For this party prep you will need:

Potatoes getting a drink to loosen up a bit.

Potatoes getting a drink to loosen up a bit.

  • 6 Golden Potatoes
  • Enough water to cover them in the pot
  • Salt to taste

Rinse off the potatoes and cut the potatoes in quarters. This does not need to be pretty, you can just cut them into about the same size pieces so they all cook at the same pace. Put in the pot without water, and then add cold water to the pot. Make sure there is enough water to cover the potatoes and leave about 1″ of extra water on top. Shake some salt in the water for flavor. Cover and place on high heat to boil Meanwhile, the garlic begins to get a little hot. When the timer beeps after 15 minutes, open the oven and add 1/2 cup water to the Garlic roaster.  Go ahead, pour that water right on top of the garlic.  Cover and cook again for 15 minutes. At this time Mr. Steak and Ms. Marinade need a little help, so flip them over so they can see each other in a whole new light. As the potatoes, get their drink on, they get a little bubbly. Once the potatoes start boiling, uncover and let them boil and bubble for about 15 minutes until they are soft when you pierce them with a fork. Once they are done boiling, drain in a collandar, and then put back into the empty hot pot and cover until you’re ready to use them. The timer beeps, and the garlic is starting to show it’s true colors. When the timer goes off, open the oven and take some of the water at the bottom of the roaster, and pour it back on the garlic.  Consider this cooling the garlic off getting it ready for some serious golden deliciousness.  Set the time for 15 more minutes. One more time, flip those steaks over again, making sure that the two love birds are starting to really intermingle. Now is the time to make sure you grill is hot.  Get ready, this party is about ready to blow the roof off the place. The timer goes off and Mr. Steak and Ms. Marinade are fully enraptured with each other and ready to dance. The garlic is almost ready to meet her mate, who is patiently waiting for her to get ready.

Welcome to the party!

Welcome to the party!

One last time, spoon some of the hot water at the bottom of the roaster onto the garlic.  Cover again and let it cook for 15 minutes. Now the fun begins. Take the steaks out of the bag. Place the love birds on the grill and let the sizzle begin.  Cook to your preference of doneness. If you need a quick temperature reference, Click Here just to make sure you get it to the right temperature. The final timer goes off on the Garlic, and she is finally perfectly golden and soft, ready to meet the man of her dreams, Mr. Potato and create something new and amazing together. Take the garlic out of the oven, remove the cover and let her cool down just a bit.  (WARNING: she is HOT. Seriously, be careful. She looks all innocent and yummy, but beware, she brings a heat like no other, and if you touch her wrong, your fingers will be very angry with you.) Pour the hot, patient potatoes in a bowl, and introduce the garlic.

Hellooo Gorgeous!

Hellooo Gorgeous!

The easiest way I’ve learned to do this is to take about 4 paper towels (yes 4) and wrap the garlic in the paper towels allowing the top to show. Then squeeze the paper towels slowly allowing the garlic cloves to calmly and deliciously emerge. Now take your time here, and you want to ensure that you are just getting the cloves. Every once in a while the soft skin tries to escape and join the party, but unfortunately that skin is not invited.  So be aware of who is sneaking in. It’s like you’re the bouncer checking ID’s, don’t let that skin sneak in with their friends ID.  (Not that I’ve ever done that.) And now it’s time for the magic to begin.  Mr. Potato, I am pleased to introduce you to the love of your life, Ms. Garlic…Ms. Roasted Garlic. To help make the introduction a little easier, we add a few folks.  Here is where you need:

It's a mashed potato party!

It’s a mashed potato party!

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (you can use fat free if you want, you won’t notice the difference)
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary (or fresh if you have it)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add the milk, sour cream, rosemary, salt and pepper to Mr. Potato and Ms. Roasted Garlic and beat with a beater to your preferred consistency   I like my mashed potatoes nice and smooth, so I let it spin for a little longer. If you like more chunks, then just stop when you think you’re done.  Here’s my picture of my perfect consistency.

Smooth and yummy.

Smooth and yummy.

And now, we introduce the DJ. This is the guy that keeps the party flowing from song to song, and keeps people hopping.  My friends, I bring you…Balsamic Glaze. Now I think I may have said this before, but I”m saying it again. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING that makes your house smell more like a restaurant than reducing balsamic vinegar.  Now you can just reduce the vinegar, and it becomes yummy and thick, and you will be happy. But this isn’t any normal event, it’s a PARTY!  So to bring a little love to the plate, we are adding some smooth, delicious, sweet Honey. You are welcome in advance for this amazing and overwhelmingly easy sauce. For this party prep you will need:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey

    Is that whisk old enough to join the party?

    Is that whisk old enough to join the party?

Whisk these two love birds together.  I’m displying here the smallest whisk I own thanks to my Mother In Law, who owns an even smaller whisk. This is a constant hilarious moment for us when someone needs a whisk, is to hand them the smallest one you own.  Whisks are funny and fun, and I love that I have a teeny tiny one just for this event.  Look how cute it is, seriously, it’s like a baby whisk joining the party. So cute.  Wait did someone check that whisk’s ID? Cook the Balsamic & Honey mixture on medium high for about 15 minutes and allow it to reduce by half or so.  You can just let it keep simmering, the more liquid that boils out, the thicker the sauce.  Mmmmmm. That smell is heavenly. This party is finally ready to start. Mr. Steak and Ms. Marinade are now perfectly in love with each other, Mr. Potato has proposed to Ms. Roasted Garlic, and our Balsamic Glaze is about ready to kick the tunes on. The best thing to do now, is dish up.  Steak, Potatoes, and if you want, some steamed broccoli on the side. I’m lazy when it comes to broccoli, so the ones in the steamer bag are just perfect for us.  The balsamic glaze is wonderful on the steak, but is equally delicious on the potatoes and the broccoli.  Let the glaze tie these lovely party people together. Sit back, relax and enjoy.  A glass of wine would be perfect with this, but even without it, this meal stands alone.

Pre-Broccoli

Pre-Broccoli

I hope you all enjoy this dish as much as I did, and don’t forget to enjoy the party!

Don't stop the party!

Don’t stop the party!

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