As you know, my first week as a private chef went very well even though it was a tiny bit awkward. This weekend I found myself scrambling to get the menu for next week set in time for the family to do their shopping. To add to the time crunch, I had specific cuts of meat that needed to be used. The family is part of a farm share and they get random meat delivered to them once a month. They are country ribs, ground meats, chops, sausages and a lone (tiny) steak. This made it challenging because it's not necessarily enough for 4-5 servings. I think I came up with some good ideas but I'll let you know for sure which recipes were the best. Here is the menu:
Hoisin Broiled Country Ribs
Ground Beef Stroganoff
Blueberry Streusel Bars
Penne w/ Simple Tomato Sauce
Garlic Green Beans
The country ribs were the hardest because they are actually 2 different cuts but each cut wasn't enough for a meal. I'll combine them. Depending on how meaty they actually are, I might take them off the bone after they cook to portion them out better.
The other challenge was that tiny steak. I decided to use it to make braciole, which is basically stuffed meat rolled, seared and plopped into sauce to make it extra yummy. By pounding it out and stuffing it, I'll be able to stretch it a bit. Hopefully it'll work out the way I envision!!
The dad is home this week, so I'm cooking for a "new" person...hopefully he'll like it just as much as the girls did last week.