Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: August 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn and Tomato Relish

Fire up the grills!  
Labor Day is fast approaching and these steaks are the perfect, easy party food for entertaining.

This post is sponsored by Rubes Steaks, but all opinions are my own.

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish...the perfect party food!  Juicy steak with the delicious flavors of summer - corn, tomatoes and basil. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I feel so fortunate to have grown up in small town Iowa.  As an outsider reading this, you may be thinking, "Ha!  Really, Ally?  Small town Iowa?"

Yes, small town Iowa.

I grew up in an area of a combined population of around 6,000 people.  I graduated with a class of around 120 kids, give or take.  The kids I went to school with are the kids I started preschool with, we're all friends still today.  My parents still live there and basically everyone knows everyone {this can be good and bad!}.

Being from a small town means you drive 30 minutes to the mall and going out for dinner means you have the options of Subway, the local pizza joint, Dairy Queen or Hardees.

But, you see we were lucky.  We had this superb, fantastic steak joint as well.  A place off the beaten path where you GRILLED YOUR OWN STEAKS.  You walked in, picked out your steak, found at table and then cooked your own meal. 

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish...the perfect party food!  Juicy steak with the delicious flavors of summer - corn, tomatoes and basil. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's unheard of really.  How many restaurants are out there where you cook your own meal? You grab a drink, chat with friends, eat way too much homemade garlic bread and wait for your steak to cook. I was beyond thrilled when Rube's Steaks contacted me to create a recipe and share it with my readers.

Plus giveaway some steaks!

You guys are in for a treat.  Rube's Steaks has been a Midwest staple since 1973.  Their superb steaks are among the most flavorful in the world - grass fed, corn finished black Angus that are raised on family farms within a 150 mile radius from the steakhouse.  Their steaks are aged for a minimum of 28 days before they are hand cut and eaten or delivered straight to your door.  

Always fresh, never frozen is their motto.  They guarantee a two-day delivery to anywhere in the continental United States.  Who doesn't want fresh steaks delivered to their door step?

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish...the perfect party food!  Juicy steak with the delicious flavors of summer - corn, tomatoes and basil. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

When these ribeyes arrived on my doorstep I promptly texted the husband a photo with the caption "dinner".

Needless to say we ate well that night.

And because I'm a food blogger, I could NOT just grill the steaks and call it good.  I had to top it with something special.  Something to take it up a notch.  Something that would make mouths water. A recipe that is perfect for your Labor Day festivities!

I wanted these steaks to POP, not only in color but in taste.  I decided to bring in a hint of late summer and freshness.  Nothing is more fresh in the summer than sweet corn, tomatoes and basil, so I combined the three.  

Obviously.  

Thrown together with some crumbled feta cheese, a splash of red wine vinegar and loads of salt and pepper, this relish could probably be eaten off a flip-flop and still taste good.

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish...the perfect party food!  Juicy steak with the delicious flavors of summer - corn, tomatoes and basil. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Also, let's talk a little steak etiquette.

A few pointers if you will, if you are a newbie.

1.  Let your steaks rest and come to room temperature before grilling.
2.  Generously season with salt and pepper.
3.  Once you lay the steaks on the grill don't touch them.  Leave them be, until ready to flip.
4.  When done, let them rest for at least 5 minutes before diving in {it's hard, I know!}

Do all of this and your steak will be delicious.

Buy them from Rube's and they'll be extra delicious.

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish...the perfect party food!  Juicy steak with the delicious flavors of summer - corn, tomatoes and basil. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now...get ready for this!

Rube's Steaks is giving away TWO of these delicious  11 oz. ribeyes to a lucky reader!  PLUS, readers can receive a 15% discount on all orders of $125 or more with the promo code: ALLYSTEAKS at checkout.  This code is good through August 29, 2017.  Not only do they sell their premium steaks, but they also have delcious burgers {huge fan}, hot dogs, pork loins and chops.  Plus more!

Do you have any idea how good of a deal this is?  Stock up and fill your freezer my friends.

To enter the giveaway follow the multiple prompts on the Rafflecopter box below.  It's so easy with many chances to win.  Who doesn't want to win free steak?  I will pick one random winner on Monday, August 21.

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A big thanks to Rube's Steaks for sponsoring this post.  They have long held a special place in my heart and hometown.  I hope you truly enjoy them as much as I do!

Yield: 4

Grilled Ribeyes with Corn & Tomato Relish

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins
This classic late summer & early Fall meal is perfect for entertaining! Grilled ribeyes topped with a fresh summer relish of corn, tomatoes, feta and basil.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 ribeye steaks
  • 1 ear of corn, husked
  • 1 medium sized tomato, chopped
  • 4-6 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 T. rice wine vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat your outside grill to medium-high heat. Remove the steaks from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature.
  2. When the grill is hot, place the ear of corn directly on the grill racks. Turn every few minutes allowing the corn to char. When all sides are charred, remove and allow to cool.
  3. When the corn has cooled cut the corn off the cob with a sharp knife. In a bowl combine the corn with the chopped tomato, basil and feta. Drizzle with the rice wine vinegar and toss to coat. Seasonw with salt and pepper. Set relish aside until the steaks are ready.
  4. With the grill still hot, generously season both sides of the ribeyes with lots of salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the grill and don't move them. Grill each side for 8-9 minutes for a medium cooked steak. Adjust the cooking time if you prefer a more rare or cooked steak.
  5. Remove the steaks from the grill onto a plate and allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Serve each steak topped with the corn and tomato relish.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails

Hosting a fun Labor Day party this year?
Here are 10 great boozy cocktails to get that party started.

10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I have never shyed away from a good cocktail.  I consider it one of my finest traits.  I mean not everyone can say that!

Beyond cocktails, I love a good party.  Labor Day parties are a favorite as it signals the beginning of Fall {my favorite season} and football {another favorite season}.  Nothing excites me more than stepping into a party where a drink is shoved in my hand, the food flows endlessly and the company is even better.  Labor Day is just a month away!  It's never too early to start thinking about the drink menu.

Around here a good few party hours with friends and a classic cocktail easily soothes my soul.  We often head to a friend's house and everyone brings a dish {potluck style}.  The company and drinks make the day!

I've listed 10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails below.  Need a margarita?  Got it.  How about a Moscow Mule?  Have that too.  Or maybe you just want a simple big batch fruity punch to serve the crowd?  Never fail, it's here as well.

Which one is your favorite?


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


10 Boozy Labor Day Party Cocktails...margaritas, punches, mules, slushes and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta

Here's a fun, low-cal version of a popular summer dish.
The flavors are amazing!

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta...a favorite summer meal around here!  Light, crispy chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, lemon, Parm, basil and a balsamic glaze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Here we are and it's already August {my birthday month!}.

Once we've hit this corner of the summer things start to change around here.  We leave for vacation in 4 days.  School starts in a little over 3 weeks.  Shopping for school supplies becomes a priority. You find your kids ending one sport only to start in another.

Oh, and did I mention school physicals?

Yeah, I spent 1.5 hours at the doctor's office yesterday with my three precious, darling and oh, did I forget to mention wild children who don't enjoy being stuck in a waiting room for 30 minutes?  Listen kids, I didn't like it either.  At one point it got so warm in there I started to dose off.  When the doctor walked in she exclaimed, "Man it's warm in here!"

You think?

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta...a favorite summer meal around here!  Light, crispy chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, lemon, Parm, basil and a balsamic glaze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

There is always that fun moment where she pulls up the growth chart for each of them.  In your head you are thinking...are they healthy?  Do I feed them the right foods?  Can she tell that sometimes we eat popcorn for dinner?

In the end they were healthy.  AND BIG.  All three {with my youngest being slightly below the older two} being in the 97th percentile for height and weight.  We have predicted heights for when they reach the age of 18 of 6'4, 5'9 and 5'7, respectively.

Giants, if you will.

Not surprising considering we aren't short people, but it does help to explain why I cannot keep an ounce of food in this house to last longer than a day.

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta...a favorite summer meal around here!  Light, crispy chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, lemon, Parm, basil and a balsamic glaze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

For example, this chicken.

I made EIGHT PIECES.  Eight glorious, delicious, fairly large pieces.  That should feed five people right?  Well, when the two older kids each want two, the husband eats two, I eat two and the little munchkin gets scraps of what's left...it's gone fast.

It was so good.  So good! 

It just might be my favorite dinner so far this summer.  I wanted to lighten it up a bit as well, so I made a few changes.  I swapped in whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of regular and when pan frying I simply gave the pan a light coat of cooking spray rather than a layer of cooking oil for them to soak in.

This resulted in a light, crispy chicken.  And that topping???

Killer.

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta...a favorite summer meal around here!  Light, crispy chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, lemon, Parm, basil and a balsamic glaze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Unless you are living under a rock you know that bruschetta just screams summer.  Fresh juicy tomatoes, sharp garlic and basil.  That combination right there might be written on my tombstone. Throw in a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon over the chicken and a balsamic glaze and I practically wet my pants.

And oh!

That balsamic glaze.  Since I apparently DO live under a rock, it wasn't until about a month ago that I realized you could buy that darn stuff already bottled right there in the supermarket.

Goodbye to reducing my own on the stove!  That stuff stunge my nose hairs and made the house stink.  This bottled stuff is fantastic.


Skinny Chicken Bruschetta...a favorite summer meal around here!  Light, crispy chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, lemon, Parm, basil and a balsamic glaze! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Make this tonight!

Better yet, invite a friend over to share with you.  I love cooking and sharing a meal with other food lovers.  Right now, I'm on a review team for the book Come & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy.

I'm loving it!  Why not invite a stranger to your table?  Why not eat dinner on your front porch and say hi to everyone that walks by?  Why not?

Just another one of my good reads going on right now!

Yield: 8

Skinny Chicken Bruschetta

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 23 MINStotal time: 38 mins
Crispy, crunchy chicken topped with a flavorful bruschetta topping of tomatoes, garlic and basil. Plus a sweet balsamic glaze! This dish screams summer.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded flat
  • 3 eggs + splash of water
  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. Mrs. Dash all-purpose seasoning
Bruschetta Topping
  • 1 c. grape tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 leaves basil, chopped
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • balsamic glaze, for drizzling
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Heat another large skillet to med-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Allow to heat up while preparing the chicken.
  2. In a shallow bowl crack the 3 eggs and whisk together with the splash of water.
  3. In another shallow bowl combine the breadcrumbs, half of the Parmesan cheese and Mrs. Dash seasoning.
  4. To coat the chicken, dip in the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture coating evenly on both sides. Place in the hot skillet, cooking 3-4 minutes a side until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to the baking sheet. When all of the chicken has been browned, place the full baking sheet in the oven and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is baking, prepare the topping. In a bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  6. When the chicken is done, serve directly off the baking sheet. Topping each chicken breast with the bruschetta topping, more Parmesan cheese and a healthy drizzle of balsamic glaze. Serve warm.
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