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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our Favorite Steaks for the Holidays

The Kansas City Steak Company has asked me to partner with them this Holiday season.  Clearly Mike was thrilled at the thought of receiving a sampling of all of their steaks on our doorstep... and it happened to coincide with his Birthday so I was happy to oblige.   They also offered to do a giveaway for my readers (filet mignon! details below), so everyone wins.

I'm excited about this post for a couple of reasons - Beef is always the centerpiece of our Christmas entertaining, AND I love the thought of sending these "Kansas City" steaks to my sister and her family in St. Louis : )

Most of you know that I grew up on a farm near Kansas City (Lexington!) and my family raises beef (along with corn, beans & wheat).  We love high quality beef with integrity.  I especially love it when it comes in a pretty box...

Isn't this such a nice gift?  I was super impressed with the quality of the packaging that arrived on my doorstep.  We plan to give them to my family for our Christmas dinner.  Since we aren't hosting this year, it is our way of contributing!

The Giveaway

This filet mignon is king — butter-tender, cut from the center of the finest aged tenderloin and hand selected from premium corn-fed Kansas beef.

To qualify for the giveaway, leave a commit with your family's favorite holiday meal.  I love hearing what other family's serve for their special Holiday dinners.

It was wrapped like a box of chocolates!

About The Kansas City Steak Company : 

Established in 1932, they are known for the highest quality steaks and luxury gourmet gifts - perfect for gift-giving or as the centerpiece for your Holiday celebration.

In this post, I'll share two separate occasions that we enjoyed the steaks - once as a test run, then once for Mike's special birthday dinner.  On both occasions, I seared them just like this :

The Best Seared Steaks

My favorite way to prepare steaks at home is to pan sear them, then finish them in the oven - especially thick cuts like these Filets.

The Kansas City Steak Company Steaks
-2 tablespoons of butter
-steak seasoning* or sea salt & pepper

*The Kansas City Steak Company includes a seasoning with each box of steaks, used here.  It was delicious.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

I like to use a cast iron skillet for steaks because it gets very hot.  Preheat the skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute.  Season the steaks liberally with salt & pepper, or seasoning packet.  Add butter to the skillet, then add the steaks.

Cook for 3 minutes on high heat on each side.  Put the skillet in the oven for 5-8 minutes until thermometer reaches 125 degrees.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

Before the flip.  Be sure to be generous with the seasoning - especially with very thick steaks like these.

After the flip, I put them in the oven.

Along with the steaks, I made the Barefoot Contessa's Crispy Shells & Cauliflower from her newest cookbook.  So good!  It can be made ahead of time and would be great for entertaining.

Steaks for Entertaining

We serve seared steaks for entertaining all of the time.  In fact, it was my staple when I had a small catering business.  Everyone was always impressed that I could prepare such delicious steaks without a grill.

I really don't like to do much on the stovetop when I have guests - too risky.  So, I sear the steaks earlier in the day or even the day before.  Then, I put them on a sheet pan and keep them in the fridge.  I put them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until they've reached 130 degrees (medium rare/medium seems to suit most crowds), then remove them and let them rest.  It works perfectly because I usually put the steaks in just before we sit down, then take them out by the time I've poured the wine and served the salad.  Usually the salad takes about 10 minutes, so the rest time is just perfect.

Mike and I were both so impressed with the flavor and quality of these steaks - so, soooo good.

For this dinner, I made a simple greens salad, the Crispy Shells & Cauliflower to go with the steaks.  You can see a sneak peak at Mike's birthday dinner (also another set of filets on the menu) at the end of the post.

Of course, you know who just out of view of most of the photos but snuck in this one!

Down to the last bite.  We enjoyed these so much!

Now for Mike's Birthday dinner : we did a table setting that I felt was "handsome" and special.  I'll walk through the details how how I made the centerpiece and setting tomorrow.

My current favorite combo - Slate Wreath Block Print with my Spode Woodland Plates and fresh greens.

I love how the table turned out.  Everything always looks great with lots of candles ; )

Two more steaks for dinner... we are getting so spoiled.

And homemade truffle pasta!

Thanks to The Kansas City Steak Company for sponsoring this post (and for the delicious samples!).  Mike also thanks you : )

Don't forget the giveaway - I'll announce the winner on Monday morning.

The Giveaway

This filet mignon is king — butter-tender, cut from the center of the finest aged tenderloin and hand selected from premium corn-fed Kansas beef.

To qualify for the giveaway, leave a commit with your family's favorite special holiday meal.  I love hearing what other family's traditions.


  1. I love making prime rib with duchess potatoes. With Black Forest Cake for dessert!

  2. We love prime rib with twice baked potatoes!

  3. I want to enter the giveaway! Our family loves steaks! We usually make traditional food for the holidays but we are Italian so we also always make pasta and a delicious garlic artichoke bread. Cheers!

    Audrey B.

  4. Wow, I've always wanted to try steaks on the stovetop like this. Great post!

  5. Looks very beautiful, good job!

  6. I love making beef tenderloin for my family at Christmas. It is such a special treat and delicious with your horseradish cream sauce! We always make an Amaretto bundt cake for dessert too

  7. We do beef tenderloin, double baked potatoes, roasted veggies and peppermint ice cream pie! Love this post and thanks for thinking of your readers.

  8. These look delicious and thank you for sharing how you cook them as well. I would love to win :) My favorite Christmas meal is basically the same meal we eat on Thanksgiving, Turkey, mashed potatoes, good!!

  9. Our Christmas tradition is beef tenderloin and the sides.

  10. Pasta! My family celebrates our Italian heritage at Christmas with a huge pasta meal. We also always have a birthday cake for baby Jesus. We normally have a more traditional holiday meal with grandparents a few days later.

  11. This Missouri girl likes to serve her family a beef tenderloin on Christmas. I make a creamy horseradish sauce for the meat along with a potato dish (or just a nice baked potato) and either fresh green beans or a green salad. Such a yummy supper for such a special and festive holiday.

  12. My favorite holiday meal is very nontraditional. Every Christmas Eve my grandma makes homemade potato soup with along with her delicious BBQ brisket and homemade rolls. It's sooo good and we're happy not to have another meal of ham or turkey :)

  13. Anonymous9:32 PM

    Our favorite holiday meal always includes prime rib, horseradish cream sauce and snowy mashed potatoes (made with cream cheese). And don't forget the home-made rolls!

  14. We change up our Christmas dinner often, but a favorite is beef tenderloin, usually with a potato dish and salad. Last year, we did Ina Garten's potato gratin (from her Thanksgiving special with Bobby Flay) and your yummy restaurant salad.

  15. These steaks look fabulous! We so enjoy preparing a steak at home, enjoying a bottle of wine and dinner by candle light. Best evening ever!
    Our holiday tradition for 68 years has been on Christmas Eve. My mom, now me, makes polisg perogi from scratch. We also serve polish sausage and kapusta with mashed potatoes. We brwak bread with one another..wishing our siblings good things for the new year ( good health, wealth, etc.). After dinner, we feast on homemade cookies. Then Christmas morning, we always have a homemade swedish coffee cake. My mom is 96 now, so I,ve taken over the honors! Thanks for letting me share our traditions.

  16. Your meal looks so delicious! Our family's favorite meal varies depending on who you ask! Mine is ham, scalloped potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

  17. Eye of Round Roast and gravy, Garlic Creamed Potatoes, Broccoli with cheese sauce, Fresh Fruit Medley, Homemade Rolls and jam, Chocolate Cake with Raspberry topping! Yum!

  18. Filet is our family's Christmas Day tradition and I am SO EXCITED.

  19. We love Beef Wellington at Christmas! That magnolia centerpiece is divine!

  20. We do something different every Christmas for dinner. Always a roast of some kind though. My husband is British so it is a traditional meal for sure. On Christmas eve we do a cocktail and apps party after church for anyone who wants to come. It's really laid back and always fun.

  21. One of my favorite family meals is usually on or around NYE. We do lots of appetizers - shrimp cocktail, mussels, videlia onion dip, and whatever else sounds good and make a meal out of it while having fun drinks and playing games. It's laid back but still feels special!

  22. For holiday meals, my children want the same meal every time: baked ham, mac and cheese, and pumpkin pie. (Would Love to have some steaks! Interesting cooking method!)

  23. My family's favorite holiday meal for the last few years has been one of yours, Jenny - beef ragu! YUM!

  24. We love melt in your mouth prime rib. So, so yummy!

  25. The one time of year that we splurge on "fancy" meat is Christmas Day with a beef tenderloin. That meat is carefully watched over by all as it cooks. I believe last year I used your method to cook it! Merry Christmas!

  26. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Every Christmas Eve, my parents cook a special holiday meal for my and my brother's family. It is different every year and this year is an extra special "surf and turf" dinner. They are having whole lobsters shipped from Maine along with filet mignon and a salad. It is their gift to us and we greatly appreciate it! Also for many years my Mother has served Oyster stew for breakfast on Christmas morning. Thanks for the chance to win! Deni in NC

  27. My favorite special holiday meal would have to be Christmas morning breakfast. Over the years, we've changed up the menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, but we've always kept that the same -- a sausage breakfast casserole, grits, fresh fruit, mimosas, and plenty of coffee. So delicious and easy since the breakfast casserole can be made the night before.

    Would love the chance to incorporate these steaks into our Christmas dinner plan! Thanks, Jenny!

  28. Jenny, what a great give away! Steaks are always a great gift. For Thanksgiving, my family always covers the dessert table with homemade pies. It's not uncommon any given year to have as many pies as people! We enjoy them throughout the weekend and invite friends over to visit and have a slice. - Emily

  29. YUM! We actually do some sort of beef for Christmas as well. But the gal that cuts my hair is most impressive - her family does a GOOSE!!!

  30. I host Christmas Eve, which is when my immediate family exchanges gifts. Mid-afternoon we have fondue, then we do a late dinner before midnight mass. The late dinner changes most years... this year I am planning to make braised lamb shanks and mashed potatoes.

  31. For Christmas Eve, we usually do a traditional Indian meal like chicken biriyani. For Christmas morning, we do a fancy Christmas breakfast like croissant bread pudding (Ina) or Challah French toast (also Ina :)). This year I'm thinking of switching it up and doing a beef tenderloin for Christmas Day dinner. I made TWO tenderloins (Ina's slow roasted with basil parmesan sauce and gorgonzola sauce) in October for my hubby's 40th birthday and it came out so perfectly and absolutely melt in your mouth that we may never go back to ham or turkey!! WOW!!

  32. We love to have a nice beef roast along with Auny Fanny's Squash Casserole.

  33. oops....AUNT Fanny's :)

  34. We make a simple pasta dish that everyone loves called American Spaghetti and we finish the meal with homemade red velvet cake!

  35. Steak and broiled shrimp in garlic and butter.

  36. Looks delicious! Our Christmas dinner is always Thanksgiving 2.0, complete with turkey, but I love the idea of doing a beef tenderloin, or really special steak... Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  37. On Christmas Eve, my family always has a pasta dish. Last year we made fresh crab ravioli with the help of my grandfather and the year before, we made homemade lasagne. For Christmas Day, we like to have a roast!

  38. Our family celebrates Christmas Eve with a giant cheese board, preserves, summer sausage, fruit, and chocolate for dessert. Along with something bubbly! It's a great meal after we come home from church. We snack while we watch a Christmas movie by the fire. It's one of my favorite traditions!

  39. Anonymous6:51 AM

    Hi we always serve filet mignon, roasted potatoes, asparagus, and rolls!

  40. We eat party food while opening gifts and then after playing games in the afternoon we have a ham, cheesy potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables with dip.

    Steaks are a Saturday night tradition if we are home. I salt (kosher) and pepper the steak and let it set out for 30 minutes before grilling. I learned this restaurant trick several years ago and it always brings out the flavor.

  41. Jenny, what a beautiful table setting, I love the elegance that the magnolia and cedar provide. Our family usually has prime rib, grilled shrimp, some type of pasta and lots of cookies ! The steaks sound like a yummy options, maybe with Ina's gorgonzola sauce (it is the holidays).

  42. Anonymous10:03 AM

    I am newly married (4 weeks ago, to be exact), and I am looking forward to beginning brand new Christmas traditions with my husband this year. For Christmas Eve, I am planning on making bacon wrapped filet mignon, twice baked potatoes, glazed carrots, roasted asparagus and homemade rosemary rolls. For dessert, we will have my grandmother's recipe of chocolate fudge pie. I'm hungry just thinking about it!

    Adrienne Colson


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