Saturday, December 18, 2010
3rd Annual Meat Gift. Now With More Ham!
As you may or may not know, I have a family member who sends me an Omaha Steaks package every year at Christmas. I call it my annual meat gift. This will be the third year in a row that I have posted on this topic (I can't believe I have been writing this hack blog for that long). You can see "What to Do With Omaha Steaks? Beef Bourguignon Shepard's (I should have said Cottage) Pie" and "Meat From the Heavens! Yearly Meat Gift Arrives!" for more on this issue.
Oft times in the past (I have gotten Omaha stuff more than three times, just haven't wrote about it) I have found that the Omaha Steaks and their attendant accouterment tend to languish in icebox for ages without being eaten. This due to both the thought and planning needed to thaw stuff out (I am a perilously lazy man), and the fact that the Wife and I (and Giblet, for now) are not huge at-home steak eaters. Don't get me wrong, I will hungrily devour a hunk of bovine flesh as readily as the next man, but for some reason I generally only indulge at restaurants and the odd cookout.
Pursuant to all of this I have made it a point to throw a soiree or something and eat the whole she-bang in one glorious, meaty shot. I turned one shipment into a bastard Beef Bourguignon a couple years back. There have been other culinary abortions that I shan't mention here. I am planning the same concept (not the culinary abortion, the soiree and meat in one shot thing) for this year.
I am excited that this year we have a wonderful porky addition to the meaty melange. Along with the tenderloins, beef lasagna (?, I question the rationale for this inclusion as I did last year), weird potato gratin balls, and cheese cake we have a little smoked ham-lette.
This little guy shall factor nicely into whatever strange recipes my tiny mind comes up with. I am already thinking of using the ham for a mutant Liptauer that I am going to call Hamtauer. Not sure what I am going to do with the weird potato balls, meat, and lasagna. Pretty sure I am just going to eat the cheese cake in a very normal way. We shall see. Stay tuned.