Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Beef Florentine

It was slave's intention to come up with a great name for this dish. Perhaps something from Greek mythology. Or maybe a hero to dedicate it to. However sometimes simple is just the best: so it is Beef Florentine! In the kitchen, the word Florentine (pronounced "FLOR-en-teen"), refers to a recipe that is prepared with spinach.

Presentation is important with any kind of healthy dish. Balance tastes with textures and colors and the key to a happy household will be yours!

1 lbs ground beef
½ lbs sausage – loose
yellow onion chopped
8 oz. Lower fat cream cheese
5oz fresh spinach
8oz. Fresh sliced mushrooms
¼ tsp. orange flavoring
Some crisped rice cereal
1 orange
½ cup shredded cheese (optional)


Rinse and drain both the spinach and the mushrooms (separately)


Chop the onion.

Over medium heat, cook the sausage for 4 minutes breaking it apart and letting it release its grease. 


Add onions and cook for another 5 minutes until they start to brown.

Add the ground beef, breaking it apart. Let this cook for about 7 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. Now that all is browned, remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid.

Return the skillet to heat and add the mushrooms. Let this cook down for about 7 minutes. This will start to brown the mushrooms.

Start adding the spinach by the hand full. Stir each in as it wilts down.

When all is in, return the meat – onion mixture and stir in. Add the ¼ tsp of orange flavoring.

Spoon in the room temp cream cheese by the tablespoon. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Let this simmer for at least 15 minutes. Remember spinach will taste so much better if you let it cook!
After 15 minutes are up start stirring occasionally as you set the table and fix a side dark green vegetable.

Now to serve: Trust me on this. Pour just a small amount of rice crispy cereal on the plate and spoon the Beef Florentine on top. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top.
Slice up an orange and serve with a couple of slices on the side. The dark green vegetable makes a great balance of both color and taste.

What a wonderful gift to give your special one.

So grateful that I get to serve my Master Indy.


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon

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