Hearty meal honors Dad on his day


POSTED: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day is Sunday—make Dad feel extra special by cooking up a tasty dinner just for him. A hearty meal of spinach salad, steak and chocolate dessert fit the bill perfectly.

It used to be that spinach salad was a chore to make—all that rinsing and cleaning of the leaves. But packages of pre-washed spinach available nowadays make preparation a snap. And the marinade for the Broiled Steak Siciliano makes a juicy, flavorful and tender steak Dad will love.

The dessert finale, Toffee Coffee Chocolate Dessert, is actually an ice cream pie that takes ice cream to the next level. Happy Father's Day to all dads, young and old!

Wilted Spinach Salad

2 pounds fresh, pre-rinsed spinach leaves
1/2 pound bacon, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Tear spinach leaves into bite-size pieces; discard stems. Place in large bowl.

Fry bacon until crisp; remove bacon, saving 1/4 cup drippings. Add onion, garlic and tarragon to drippings; cook until onion is clear. Stir in vinegar, salt, mustard, pepper and paprika. Bring to boil.

Pour over spinach. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon and chopped eggs. Serves 6.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 150 calories, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 85 mg cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, no sugar, 8 g protein.

Broiled Steak Siciliano

1 cup burgundy wine
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2-1/2 pounds top sirloin steak, 1-1/2 inches thick

Combine all ingredients except steak; heat until butter melts; cool slightly.

Pour over steak; marinate 3 hours, turning occasionally.

Broil or grill to desired doneness. Slice to serve. Serves 6.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 600 calories, 38 g total fat, 16 g saturated fat, 130 mg cholesterol, 700 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 46 g protein.

Toffee Coffee Chocolate Dessert

2 cups crushed chocolate wafers
1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened
2 cans (5.5 ounces each) chocolate syrup
1 quart coffee ice cream, softened
7 (1-1/16 ounces each) English toffee chocolate bars, crushed

Press half the cookie crumbs into 8-inch springform pan. Spread chocolate ice cream over crumbs. Drizzle with 1/2 can chocolate syrup. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs. Spread with coffee ice cream. Drizzle with remaining 1/2 can syrup. Top with crushed candy. Cover with foil. Freeze until firm, about 24 hours.

Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. Top with remaining can chocolate syrup. Serves 8.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 650 calories, 29 g total fat, 16 g saturated fat, 60 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 93 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 75 g sugar, 9 g protein.

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