STEAK-WRAPPED ASPARAGUS WITH CRAB AND LEMON SAUCE

My guys were in need of spoiling, so I served up two of their favorites: steak and crab–oh, and lemon! Though the asparagus was for me, from the cleanliness of my guys’ plates, I believe they enjoyed it as well.

Steak and Asparagus with Crab and Lemon Sauce

juice of 1 lemon

3/4 cup white cooking wine

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp butter

12 asparagus spears, tough ends cut away

1 lb top sirloin (though I think flank steak would have been easier to wrap), sliced into twelve 1/4″ thick strips (as long as possible)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

sea salt

ground black pepper

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

16 oz pre-cooked lump crabmeat

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

1) In small saucepan, whisk lemon juice, cooking wine, and cornstarch; add butter and heat over medium-high; stirring continuously, bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce thickens; remove from heat and set aside

2) Bring large saucepan of water to a boil; add asparagus spears and cook 2 minutes; remove asparagus from water and set aside

3) Preheat broiler

4) Meanwhile, mix flour, salt, and pepper in shallow bowl; dredge steak strips in flour and wrap around asparagus spears

5) To large skillet over medium-high heat, add butter and olive oil; place steak-wrapped asparagus spears in skillet and cook 7-8 minutes, gently rolling to cook all sides; remove from skillet and place on baking sheet about 1″ apart; spread crabmeat down center of steak-wrapped asparagus spears and pour lemon sauce over crabmeat; broil in oven on rack 4″ from bottom 4-5 minutes until crabmeat is heated through; remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over top; serve to your spoiled loved ones

Servings: 4

CRAB-PROSCIUTTO-BRIE MAC AND CHEESE

Yes, macaroni and cheese again but this time with crab. And Brie. Not that I alerted Senior and Junior Too to the addition of that particular cheese since they react to its mere presence as if it’s radioactive. Junior and I, on the other hand, adore a good Brie, and this was the perfect dish to make Brie lovers out of our dissenters. Praise, praise, and more praise–not a single word of complaint. Am I good or what?

Crab-Prosciutto-Brie Mac and Cheese

10 thin slices prosciutto

2-1/2 cups heavy cream

5 cups cooked (al dente) ditalini pasta

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

6 oz Brie, cut into small cubes

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

10 oz cooked crab meat

1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp minced fresh chives

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Arrange prosciutto slices on a baking sheet and bake in oven about 10 minutes until just crisp; remove from oven (don’t turn it off), cool 3 minutes, and chop coarsely; set aside

3) To large skillet over medium-high heat add cream and, stirring often, bring to a boil; lower heat to medium, add pasta, and, stirring often, cook about 5 minutes until cream thickens a bit

4) Season cream-pasta mix with salt and pepper to taste; stir in Brie and Parmesan cheese and cook 3 minutes until cheeses melt; stir in crab and cook 3 minutes until warmed through; remove from heat

5) Spoon macaroni mixture into a medium-sized casserole dish, scatter prosciutto and shaved Parmesan cheese over top, and bake in oven 3-5 minutes until cheese melts; remove from oven, sprinkle with chives, and serve to your very hungry and soon-to-be-happy diners

Servings: 4