10 October 2010

Paul's Happy Birthday Dinner....Happy Birthday Paul!

I love watching cooking shows, although I don't do it so often.  I'm into this show on the Cooking Channel, French Food at Home with Laura Calder.  I was watching and Paul was fiddling with one of his laptops.  Laura made a Boeuf en Croute.  He stopped fiddling and said, "That's what I want for my birthday dinner."  This was Friday night, I shrugged and thought, yeah I can do that, simple.

 So, we picked up a tenderloin roast.
 Gotta salt, pepper and brown it.  Cover with foil and cool way down.
 Then in the same pan used for the browning of the tenderloin, saute shallot and cremini mushrooms, with thyme and a bay leaf.  I didn't have a shallot, which for the life of me, have no idea where they went, because I'm sure I have some, someplace.  They're probably in the pantry with a bag of chips or something.  Anyways, I used leeks instead.
 Finish off the mushrooms with 1/2 cup of beef broth, Italian parsley and creme fraiche. Put into a bowl and stick in the freezer for a little bit, until it's cool.  You have to put it on phyllo dough, so everything should be coldish.
 Lay out the bed of mushrooms and place the beef on top of it, then another sheet of phyllo dough.
 Brush all over with one egg yolk and press edges together with a fork or whatever, just make it look pretty.
 Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  While baking, start your sides.  I did a reduction of beef and chicken broth with thyme, bay leaf and leeks - then strained.  Herb new potatoes. Sauteed asparagus over high heat, seasoned with salt and pepper with white truffle oil.  And kale with bacon and onions.
 Plate and serve!  Then have the birthday boy do the clean up :)


Paul said...

My Birthday Dinner was amazing! The meat was cooked to perfection and all the sides complemented the flavor. Thanks Caroline for a wonderful Birthday Dinner! Wish the rest of you were here to enjoy it with us!

Michele said...

I like the ending the best part! You know were you don't have to clean :) Yay Paul and Happy Early Birthday!

Kerry said...

That dinner looks fabulous. Where'd you get your meat from? Do you have a butcher? Did you have a place you liked to go to here in Utah?

Chantel Leialoha Seguritan said...

wow Caroline! You never cease to amaze me!! Paul is such a lucky guy!!

Sara Lee said...

Another mouth watering recipe from Caroline. It makes me want to move to San Jose just in hopes that you would invite us over for a dinner.

Mike and Tia Fam said...

I agree, you've got a sweet set up Paul!
Caroline, I'm glad my husband hasn't looked at your blog - you put me to shame :)