Sometimes we find things in rather unexpected places. Point in fact, our local Lee Lee's Supermarket is a goldmine for both the obscure as well as some of the more common items we need to fill our pantries, freezers and tummys.
Not only are Asian markets the best place to go for reasonably priced condiments, noodles, and vegetables needed for ethnic recipes, but lately we've found some items in their freezers that have been the inspiration for many of our more ordinary meals too. For example, last night's dinner came about because of this lovely parcel of pre-sliced rib eye. No, your eyes do not deceive you - that is $3.58 a pound for rib eye!
Because it was packaged and already frozen, I needed to come up with a couple of menus that would make use of all of the entire package over a couple of days, so last night we enjoyed some Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. While they call for top round in many recipes, one of the issues seems to be the ability to slice the meat thin enough and we certainly had no problem there, plus who wouldn't choose rib eye over top round any day of the week? With sauteed peppers and onions on a toasted bun all slathered in melted American cheese, it was amazing and took the big guy all of 15 minutes to put together, while I sat and got sloshed on 1 beer..ok, 1-1/2. Cheap date aren't I?
The sandwiches are amazing! I know we've had 'em here before, but good things are always worth repeating, so hit the link and it'll take you to our previous version.
As for the rest of the package - well, ya' just better all tune in tomorrow and see what other magic's coming out of JBug's Kitchen.... Yikes, I hope I didn't jinx it, and don't forget, the next time you've a few pennies in your pocket and some time on your hands, for heaven's sake check out your local ethnic markets. You'll be surprised what you can find.