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Gourmet Style: Classic American Comfort Food

8 Easy Recipes from Hale Aina Award-winning Chefs


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Steak is so simple, it's hard to screw it up.  That's why it's a classic comfort food.

Photo: Monte Costa




Recipe from Chef Leighton Miyakawa

Cowboy Rib Eye with Creamed Spinach

1    stick butter            
¼ cup all purpose flour        
2   cups milk (or, for an even richer dish,     half and half)       
2   Tb. chopped onion           
1    bay leaf
¼ tsp. salt   
1    pound of well-cleaned and stemmed fresh spinach.           







 

1. To make Bechamel Sauce:

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until it becomes foamy, add flour and stir until light brown in color. Add the onion and seasonings, and whisk in the milk, stirring until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Reduce the heat and cook for five minutes. Pass through a fine strainer and reserve. The sauce will be very thick.

2. To cook spinach: 

Cook spinach immersed in boiling water for one minute. Remove and refresh in ice water to cool it off. Squeeze until it’s very dry, then purée spinach in a food processor. Set aside.

3. Method:

Just before serving, combine the sauce with the puréed spinach and cook on low heat, stirring often, for about five minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Finish by stirring in 2 tablespoons of soft butter.

Photo: Monte Costa



RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
This year, Ruth’s Chris at Restaurant Row won a silver Hale Aina Award for Best Oahu Restaurant. The Mauna Lani location, on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, took home a bronze Hale Aina Award for Best New Neighbor Island Restaurant. Ruth’s Chris also has locations in
Waikiki, Lahaina and WaiLea.

ABOUT THE CHEF
Chef Leighton Miyakawa works his magic at Ruth’s Chris Waikiki, at the Waikiki Beach Walk. 226 Lewers St., 440-7910. www.ruthschris.com.

 

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