Classic American Dinner: Meat and Potatoes

No time to blog, I’m busy cooking. I went traditional tonight, with great American classics: roast beef (fork-tender and falling apart), baked potato with cheese and sour cream, a lettuce wedge salad with blue cheese crumbles and diced tomato, and glazed onions.

To make them: Slice a sweet onion (Vidalia if you can find it). Saute for 5 or so minutes in some olive oil. (I cook mine longer because I like them soft, but you may want to take them off while they still have a little crunch to them.) Mix up 2-3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil (I go lighter on this, because I always have oil left in the pan), a teaspoon of minced garlic, salt, pepper, and 2-3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped.

That’s for 3-4 onions, so reduce as necessary or to taste. Dump the onions in and let them sit while you finish dinner, then fish out and serve. They’re wonderful as a beef side dish, especially with steak, and it’s a great way to keep my basil plant trimmed.

I ended with brownies. I am immensely proud of myself for baking them, even though they came straight out of a box… and you can’t apparently buy plain brownie mix any more. It was all double fudge this and candy store (with mix-ins) that. I chose one with walnuts. I’m just amazed that they came out right, since I never bake. It’s nice having home-baked treats for dessert.

5 Responses to “Classic American Dinner: Meat and Potatoes”

  1. Karen R Says:

    My mouth is watering at work now, thanks a lot, hehe. I just started a blog and I like yours a lot but I have to tell you – I also love food and cooking and was wondering how to combine comics and cooking… I think you’ve found a way! Now I just have to find a comic book about a chef….

  2. Johanna Says:

    There are several manga about cooks:

    And welcome to the blogverse!

  3. Karen R Says:

    Ah, thank you! I really have not gotten into manga, but maybe this is my opening.

  4. john morrison Says:

    Hello Johanna

    The title “classic American meal” caught my attention here, since in New Zealand we usually refer to our classic meal as “meat and three veg” :-)
    Traditionally mutton (although these days, chicken pork or beef), potatoes (mashed), and probably carrots and one of peas/cauli/cabbage. Traditionally all boiled, or on Sundays, roasted.


  5. Johanna Says:

    Oooh, that sounds like classic English Sunday dinner, only with beef. I wish we could get good lamb in this area, but the South doesn’t seem to have much taste for it.




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