Eileen and Betsy are back! Busily grilling their way through French Grill, they’ve just sent this new missive!!
“So we had last Saturday night set aside to do something simple for four people…we ended up with nine. Word travels when we get out our French Grill cookbooks. It’s like Catholics flocking to Lourdes for the cure.
Hanger Steak with Horseradish Sauce (pg. 132)
This recipe is actually quite simple, but there are two daunting elements 1. Stuffing the steak is messy, but really fun once you get into it. 2. Tying the string is, as you predicted ,a little intimidating. But we took on the challenge and were able to do the professional butcher half-hitch which left us feeling very accomplished. And we discovered something else – how great this dish is because you can do all of it before guests arrive, and have the neat little steak packages on a platter ready to go out to the grill. It all looked so impressive!
And it turned out really gorgeous once off the grill, as creamy and buttery as any steak we have ever had.
Turkish Kebab Sauce (pg. 275)
This sauce, which is really the base for the horseradish sauce above, is another of your winners Susan. It can never compare to the perfect Romesco, but it is a close second. We followed your recipe exactly and it was divine. Everyone likes their own level of spiciness and so – even though it was fabulous as is we will do as you suggest and kick up the spice factor next time. This sauce is definitely a good staple to have on hand to smear on burgers, or even serve with grilled vegetables.
Figs and Chocolate (pg. 232)
We saw the last of the autumn figs and so decided to do this for dessert because we wouldn’t have another shot for ten more months! It didn’t hurt that the figs were sublime. This was also a snap – took two minutes. A bonus of having two people doing the cooking is that one of us grilled the figs while the other made the chocolate sauce. Fastest and most impressive looking dessert on the planet. Oh! And the squeeze of lime is the perfect finish.
So far Rag hasn’t given us a sideways thumb. Three more winners!