Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Lunch

Christmas day. Had a very late lunch. But it was worth the wait.

Kinilaw na Talaba

Angus Ribeye Roast Beef

A little over a kilo and a half of USDA Choice Angus Ribeye, this was a ridiculously beautiful roast. To think that we almost didn't get one because I am thinking that everybody has had too much roast beef of late. My sister, however, insisted that we have roast beef on Christmas day, so on the 23rd, we braved the mad Christmas rush to go to the supermarket and get our roast. I so am glad we did.

I was planning on getting striploin, like the one we got the last time, but they were all out. (In fact, this chunk of beef, I almost lost to another lady.) Without the cheaper alternative, this particular roast sang to me. It's by Tender Bites- my favorite beef purveyor because of their excellent selection of premium grade meats- from Makati Supermarket in Alabang Town Center. A bit pricey at Php1,599 per kilo, but it was worth every centavo.

Besides, it's Christmas. Live a little. ; )


Recipe for the roast beef and gravy here. I chose a rib eye roast with no bone this time. To act as a rack, I got some potatoes, wrapped them in foil and lined my roasting dish with them so that the roast is sitting on the potatoes. The idea is not entirely mine, by the way. Mostly my brother's.

To ramp up the flavor, I threw in a whole onion (peeled and with the top and bottom sliced off) and whole garlic (outer skin peeled and with the top sliced off) to the roasting dish.

Adding the onion and garlic to the fray really does wonders for the gravy and the mashed baked potatoes (my recipe below)- my favorite roast beef by products.

Mashed Roast Beef Baked Potatoes

8 small  (or 4 medium) baked potatoes (I used the potatoes that served as the rack for the roast beef)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mash the potatoes with the skin on. Heat the milk with the butter in a small sauce pan until the butter is melted. Do not let the milk boil. Add half of the heated milk and butter mixture to the mashed potatoes and blend well. Mix in the parmesan cheese. Add more of the milk and butter mixture to the potatoes until the desired consistency is attained. Season with salt and pepper.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

1 comment:

jerellt said...

Weee! Kinilaw na talaba! I should have spent Christmas with your family. Hihi! :)

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