Thursday, August 22, 2013

Eating Whole Foods: Fillet Bruschetta with Artichoke Pesto & Spinach

Meal planning is a big thing at our house. Our weekend meals can take hours, days even, to plan.  Several things are taken into consideration; like who's coming and what they will or won't eat.  Unlike most people that need to plan around vegetarian guests we often find ourselves planning around "meat eaters." By this I mean people that don't consider the dinner a dinner until they've been served a nice portion of meat. 

Me...I can take it or leave it.  Some of my best creations have been vegetarian in nature and some of my all time favorites have leaned heavily on the meat side. When planning dinners hubby and I concur that if we are doing a meat main course the appetizer should focus on veggies and vice versa.

So for our purposes the Fillet Bruschetta recipe below is the perfect meat appetizer before something like Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes.  Either way after hours of planning the "perfect" meal we always find ourselves heading off to Whole Foods Markets to pick up the "perfect" ingredients. 

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Fillet Bruschetta with Artichoke Pesto & Spinach
(adapted from gourmet magazine)
(click for printable recipe)

2 1/2-pound trimmed fillet of beef, tied
6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove
1/8 cup white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Italian bread, toasted lightly
bunch of baby spinach
Parmesan curls formed with a vegetable peeler

Preheat the oven to 500°F. Pat the fillet dry, season it with salt and pepper, and in a small roasting pan roast it in the middle of the oven for 23 minutes, or until it registers 125°F. on a meat thermometer for rare meat. Transfer the fillet to a cutting board and let it cool. The fillet may be roasted 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.

In a blender purée the artichoke hearts and the garlic with the vinegar, the oil, and salt and pepper to taste and transfer the purée to a bowl. The purée may be made 3 days in advance and kept covered and chilled.

Spread each slice of toast with some of the artichoke purée, top the purée with some of the spinach, and divide the fillet, sliced very thin, among the bread. Top each one with some Parmesan curls.

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  1. I don't spend too much time meal planning. I do tend to go buy what is on sale, and also what is extra nice right now, for instance, tomatoes in August, and then plan from there. But no weekly planning and then go out and buy. For me it is the other way around - see what's good, then plan recipes after buying!

  2. following u on Pinterest Rose Marie

  3. I like to see what is on sale then plan my meals around that. -- Molly

  4. Can you please deliver this to me in NYC today? Pretty please?

  5. This looks really yummy. :)
    half the time my mood or cravings determine how we meal plan but I love trying new things and luckily I have a lot of good eaters at home willing to taste test.

  6. I just spend a little time every Sunday deciding what to make for the week :)

  7. We usually come up with a rough game plan before heading to the grocery store (who's cooking what-ish on what night and will it make leftovers for lunches or not). I still usually end up going to the store on Wednesday or Thursday night, but that's to get more fruits and veg and maybe milk.

  8. I vacillate between doing serious meal planning and totally winging it, based on whatever's in the fridge and which leftovers need to be consumed. Having a well-stocked pantry always helps!

  9. I check stores flyers and plan menu around what's on sale

  10. This looks so yummy and great idea before a pasta dish! Julie Brubaker

  11. I don't spend any time meal planning really unless there is a special occasion

  12. Bruchetta is sexy food. Lttle taste that are so satisfying they make great small meals!!