Pepper encrusted steak with baked eggplant and fried potatoes!

WOW! This was an amazing meal! The steak had such a great kick! We did not have Sesame seeds so we added mustard seeds and coriander. We added a little steak sauce to our plate to dip the steak in to due to its very strong taste. We cooked the steak in a large skillet. First I seared the steak on each side and then I cooked it on low until it was done.

The egg plant was crispy, juicy, and the Parmesan on top was perfect! I have been very hesitent to try egg plant because I have never had it. I am glad I did try it. We also had potatoes fried in extra virgin olive oil.

Over all this was a great and filling meal. Even though I had many distractions like Gizmo attacking a wasp and attempting to eat it in the living room. Sigh, you always know when kids and or animals are doing something fishy due to the silence.

I am baking right now a buttermilk honey bread that I will blog about later 🙂 I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have!

I found the steak recipe off of Paula Jones’ blog!

Pepper encrusted steak!
Good quality Steaks – We used 2″ Ribeyes that were 1 1/2 lbs each (oh yeah baby! No wimpy steaks here)
3 tbsp Fresh Ground Black Peppercorns
1 tbsp Caraway seeds
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
3 tbsp Canola Oil
kosher salt

What to do:
Allow your steaks to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Pat steaks dry with a paper towel & season all sides with salt & set aside. In a spice/coffee grinder place your peppercorns, caraway & sesame seeds & pulse together until at desired consistency. Press pepper mixture liberally onto steaks on all sides. Place a cast iron skillet with the canola oil over high heat until pan is smoking hot. When pan is ready, place your steaks into skillet for approximately 4 minutes on each side for medium. Transfer skillet to oven and cook for approximately another 6 minutes. Remove steaks from pan cover them loosely with tinfoil and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice on bias & serve.

Baked eggplant
Place foil on a pan and drizzle with olive oil
place thin slices of egg plan and drizzle the tops with olive oil
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top
Bake at 350 until cooked and slightly brown


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