Dinner: Birthday Steaks!

securedownloadThis past weekend was the wife’s birthday, so it was up to her to pick what we were going to eat.  Luckily, I married an awesome woman and she wanted steaks (no argument from this guy).  So, we set out to pick out some steaks and plan out the rest of the meal.

My job was to grab the steaks.  I picked some up from the local Kroger as we’ve had some luck with ones from there.  While I was there I may have picked up some beer, but that’s another post (check out the beer fridge here).  As I was grabbing steaks, the wife picked up a couple of bags of shaved brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s to cook up.  Luckily there was a recipe right on the back of the bag that involved bacon so…we had to make it, right?  Throw in some mashed potatoes on the side and dinner was all planned out.

We used a pretty basic rub on the steaks that we’ve used a couple times in the past (see here).  After a thorough rub down, we threw them bad boys on the grill.  About four minutes on either side and they came out a perfect medium for us.  To make them even more delicious, we added some blue cheese on top that we had in the fridge.

While the steaks were cooking up nicely outside, the wife was inside working on the brussels sprouts.  The smell of bacon cooking throughout the house was a glorious thing.  As the brussels cooked up in the pan, they looked delicious.  They turned out a nice brown color and completely tender.  With the potatoes done as well, it was time to eat.

Needless to say the meal was delicious.  I demolished my steak in no time at all.  With a generous helping of brussels and potatoes, this dude was happy (and so was the birthday girl).  We’ll definitely revisit the shaved brussels sprouts again and maybe try some different variations.  The bag from Trader Joe’s is way easier then trying to do it yourself.  So, grab a bag…grab some steaks and eat up.

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts (with bacon)


  • 1 10oz bag Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Slices bacon, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Water


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat: add the bacon and cook until very lightly browned (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Add the sprouts and saute until slightly crisp and brown (about 5 minutes); season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in vinegar and water, cover with lid and steam until tender (about 5 minutes more)

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