Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spaghetti Squash with Jack Daniel's Whiskey Mushroom Gravy - 52 Side Dishes from the Grill

I love spaghetti squash.  A winter time seasonal treat that is as much fun to make as it is delicious side dish!

Making spaghetti squash is incredibly easy.  I have already done a post that goes into detail about how to make this (Click these Blue Letters to see that post)....

Just remember, 
and BAKE

Like it shows in the photos, cut the squash in half, Drizzle with Olive Oil, Season simply (Salt and Pepper).  Bake at 375 for one hour, flesh side down (so the meat steams from the olive oil).

And then just scrape with a fork for the unique Spaghetti look.

As to the star of this post and this serving of squash, I made a very simple sauce/gravy.  I had pan seared a couple of BIG T-Bone Steaks (Again, click these Blue Letters to see that post with tips on Pan Searing and making restaurant quality steaks at home in an oven).

Once you have that steak, pan seared, just save all of the drippings from the steak.  It is easiest if you can cook that steak in a heavy bottomed skillet, such as a Cast Iron skillet.  Just remove the steak and start on the gravy.  As to the alcohol, the actual booze cooks out.  No worries about getting drunk from the gravy.  But once that cooks out, what is left is an Earthy savory taste that blends into the drippings and compliments the added mushrooms.

While I love to grill a steak, I do look forward to these pan seared efforts.  The gravy is a "MUST MAKE" Whenever I make a steak.  It is great for the squash, but I also poured about half on some of the steak slices... just keep scrolling down to see my platter of food!

OK... Here's what I did...

Spaghetti Squash with Jack Daniel's Whiskey
Mushroom Gravy

  • For the Spaghetti Squash
  • 3 Pounds Spaghetti Squash
  • Generous sprinkle of Salt and Pepper
  • Generous drizzle of Olive Oil
  • For the Mushroom Gravy
  • Drippings from Steak
  • 4 TBS Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Pound Shitaki Mushrooms, stems removed, sliced into strips
Cooking Directions
  1. To make Spaghetti Squash... Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. To cook the spaghetti squash, So simple... Just cut, scoop, drizzle and sprinkle.
  3. Slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle Olive Oil over the insides and rub to coat. Season with a pinch of Salt and Pepper. Place fleshy side down on a cookie sheet (so the moisture in the squash steams from the inside)... Bake for 1 hour.
  4. Remove squash from the oven and allow it to cool just enough so you can handle it, about 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the flesh from the squash into wonderful, stringy "noodles" with a sturdy fork and place in a small serving bowl. If some of the strands clump or gather together, simply separate them using your hands.
  5. Cover with a towel while you make the gravy to keep warm.  When ready to serve, a quick 30 seconds in a microwave will reheat.
  6. To make the Gravy... in a Heavy bottomed skillet (possibly the same one you use to cook a Pan Seared Steak), over medium heat, add the butter to the drippings from cooking the steak. Included in those drippings will be bits and pieces that include the seasonings. No need to add additional salt or pepper.
  7. Add the Jack Daniels Whiskey and stir with a whisk to combine.
  8. Add the Heavy cream and continue to stir until everything has blended. Continue to simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes until just starting to thicken. Taste the gravy and add additional seasonings as needed.
  9. Add Mushrooms and stir to mix.
  10. Serve HOT over squash (or on the steak if you like) and ENJOY!

The gravy was fantastic to flavor the Spaghetti Squash, but was also great poured over part of the steak.

And come see my next post to get a better look at those twice baked Corn and Pimento Cheese Potatoes!


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