Sunday Dinners: Simple Comfort Meal for Two

Sunday Dinners: Simple Comfort Meal for Two | Positively Smitten

Have you had a crappy day or even a crappy week? The type of week where you just want to hide under the blankets, eat pizza and anything chocolate you can find? Then sleep until Monday… when the cycle will begin again? Sometimes you just want comfort and for that we have comfort food! Here’s the easiest and most delicious comfort meal you can find. It’s designed for two, so you can relax with your significant other or the friend that you always lean on after a bad week.

The Menu

In three courses:

  • Simply Seasoned T-Bone Steak
  • Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (Health tip: if you want added nutrition, sauté some spinach down and add to the cheese sauce, mix with the macaroni and bake. You will barely taste the green but you will get the fiber, iron and other nutrients.)
  • Mango Cherry Crisp

Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 9-12 ounce t-bone steaks, do not trim the fat
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Liberally season each side of the steak as the grill or sauté pan heats up.
  2. On high heat, grill the steaks.
  3. If you want rare, grill one minute on one side, 30 seconds on the other—this is an approximate. Test the steak by pressing your finger on the meat. If it’s soft, that means it is less done. If it barely has any give and feels firm, it’s more done.  (You’ll get the hang of this the more you do the finger test.)
  4. Let your steak rest! This is essential, as cutting too early lets the juices run out of it instead of redistributing throughout the steak. When you eat the steak is when you remove the fat. That flavor that is prominent is from the fat! Cutting it away before you cook it would yield a less tasty steak.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of elbow macaroni (or cavatappi if you want to be fancy)
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons AP flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ half-and-half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup semi-soft cheese, shredded (I use farmers cheese or havarti)

Directions

  1. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook the macaroni, drain. Toss the two cheeses together and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat; stir in the flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes, as this makes the flour taste cook out.
  4. Add the milk and cream, along with the salt, pepper and mustard. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Allow to simmer for five minutes.
  5. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese until melted. Add the drained macaroni and blend well.
  6. Pour into dish. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbly, and slightly caramelized on top.

Mango Cherry Crisp

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango, diced (can use frozen, just thaw and drain)
  • 16 ounces of good quality cherries, pitted, cut in halves
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Topping Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup AP flour
  • ½ rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ toasted walnuts, chopped roughly

Directions

  1. Combine all topping ingredients in bowl, crumble between your fingers until it resembles coarse, small clumps. Chill for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch round baking dish. Combine the filling ingredients together. Put filling in dish, pour topping over it.
  3. Bake until bubbly and center is browned. This will be approximately 40 minutes. Let cool while you eat dinner. Serve slightly warm, top with French vanilla ice cream! Devour!

An all-around pretty simple dinner for you and a friend. The portions are pretty large because you deserve it! Kick back and watch a movie afterwards (or have some rocking sex, whatever)! Treat yourself!

Be sure to check out our previous Sunday Dinners columns. Have something you’d like to see featured here? Leave a comment! Photo credit RachelCooks.com

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