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Steak Vesuvius

From: Kay 
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 3:59 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: Find Steak Vesuvius

I am hunting for a circa 1960’s  recipe that my uncle made often when company came. It was a family favorite and 
should NOT be confused with Steak Vesuvio.  Steak Vesuvius Is : Beef Tenderloin Tips Italian style made with Onion, 
Bell Peppers, Mushrooms & Tomatoes served over  Linguine.  The problem is the seasonings and preparation. It was a 
spicy dish and had some sort of HOT pepper in it hence VESUVIUS   No one in the family who knew or had the written 
recipe is living. I seem to recall it may have had red pepper flakes but my cousins think it may have been cayenne 
That said no one can recall all the other spices or the  method of preparation other than it was very flavorful and 
prepared in a large skillet on top of the stove.

Your help would be most appreciated.

Thank You

Kay 

Hello Kay,

I found several mentions of “Steak Vesuvius”, but only one recipe. Most of the mentions were on restaurant menus. The one recipe that I found is similar to your description, but not exact. The dish probably varies slightly from cook to cook.

The similarities are:

1) The name of the dish is the same.
2) This recipe has beef, onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes and is prepared in a large skillet on top of the stove.
3) This recipe has hot pepper in it, calling for jalapenos rather than cayenne as the primary heat source.
4) This recipe just says “This can be served with rice or noodles or any other starchy grain.”, rather than specifying linguine.

The differences are:

1)This recipe calls for stew meat or ground beef rather than beef tenderloin tips.
2)This recipe has no mushrooms.

With so many similarities, I would speculate that this is the same dish you remember, with slight variations in the ingredients used. Ignore the differences, try it using beef tenderloin tips if you wish, and add mushrooms to the dish.

Phaed

http://www.texaspsychedelicrock.com/2014/05/tommyhall.html

Steak Vesuvius 

Serves 4 well. 

Couple of tablespoons oil - enough for meat first and then for vegetables
1.5 lb's of Stewing Beef (or good ground beef)
3 large Onions, chopped in 3/4 inch square pieces
1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange bell pepper, cleaned and seeded and chopped into 3/4 inch squares
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
4 medium tomatoes, very coarsely chopped

You will need a fairly large frying pan, with a lid.

If Stewing Beef:
Cut up the cubes even smaller, place over oil in pot, low heat, saute beef till 3/4 brown, add a little water, 
cover pot, cook very low for 1 hour.

If Ground Beef:
Make ground beef into small patties (usually five or so per pound), season with salt and pepper, and brown both 
sides at high heat in a little oil.  Remove from pan and set aside, wipe out pan and heat a little more oil. 

Both meats:
Saute the onion and Jalapeno peppers, stirring occasionally, over medium heat, until the onions are clear 
and the peppers are softened about 15 minutes on low.  Then add the remaining vegetables, minus the Tomatoes, 
mix in and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Nestle the browned beef patties or the steak cubes into the vegetables 
and place the tomatoes on top of all.  Season all with salt and pepper.  Cook, covered, at low heat until the 
patties are just cooked through and the tomatoes have fallen apart, about 20 minutes.  Do not add any liquid 
- the tomatoes will make the sauce.  Taste for seasoning, and if the sauce is not "hot" enough, stir in a little 
cayenne pepper until spicy enough. 

This can be served with rice or noodles or any other starchy grain.

Important note:  The flavor of this recipe is completely altered by the addition or the removal of a single 
ingredient and by the changing of a single step of preparation - so follow the recipe exactly.
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Thank you this is very close to the original recipe I remember I will be sure to try it quite soon


Chicken Broccoli Casserole made with Noodles Romanoff

-----Original Message----- 
From: MaryJane
Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2015 8:37 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com
Subject: Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Do you have the recipe for Chicken Broccoli Casserole made with Noodles Romanoff?

Thank you.
Respectfully yours,
MaryJane 

Hi MaryJane,

There are several recipes like that on the Internet. See these sites:

Food.com

Cooks.com

Cooks.com

Cooks.com

Tastebook

Phaed


Margarita Grill Strawberry Pear Soup

-----Original Message----- 
From: Aaron 
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 5:03 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com
Subject: Strawberry/pear soup

Hi there!
We were recently at a Mexican place in NH ( Margarita Grill
) which had a special Strawberry/pear soup.  The pears were specified as
"red pears" and there was some chili pepper in it, but it wasn't really
sweet.  Perhaps a bit of cream, but the consistency wasn't really
"creamy".  Any thoughts on a recipe for something similar?

thanks
Aaron 

Hello Aaron,

Since, as you say, this was a special, then it's not on the Margarita Grill menu. I could not find any mention of it at all on the Internet.

I'm guessing that this was a chilled soup, since fruit soups often are. I'll post this for reader input, but meanwhile there are pear and strawberry soup recipes on these sites:

Cooking Manager

Cruise Critic Board

Paragarys

Homemade Levity

Phaed


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