Saturday, September 22, 2018

Seared Steak with Envy-able Apples to Kick Off #AppleWeek #Sponsored

This post is written on behalf of #AppleWeek. Sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided participating bloggers with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

Today we are kicking off the 2018 edition of #AppleWeek today to celebrate the produce darling of the season! Carlee of Cooking with Carlee arranged this incredible event for you and wrangled a group of bloggers to celebrate all things apple. Apples, apples, and more apples.


And Carlee, hostess with the mostess, also lined up some amazing prize packages from our sponsors. Keep reading to see what you can win and enter the rafflecopter below.

The Prizes and the Giveaway


Prize Pack #1 from Swiss Diamond 


Available in select stores only, Swiss Diamond's XD 10 Piece Set Ultimate Kitchen Kit features Swiss Diamond's newest, most advanced diamond-reinforced nonstick coating. The new coating formulation contains 20% more real diamond crystals than the HD coating and was developed in Switzerland. The result is a significantly tougher cooking surface, 40% more durable with 40% better food release properties as compared to the Classic HD nonstick cookware. The are ideal for healthy cooking without oil and feature quick, easy clean-up with hot soapy water. They are PFOA-free and produced in an eco-friendly manner. The tempered glass lids have adjustable steam vents and the ergonomic handles and knobs are oven safe up to 500 F.

Swiss Diamond is a high-end cookware and kitchenware brand established in 2001, with a manufacturing facility in Sierre, Switzerland. The brand name originates from the company's Swiss origin and it's classic cookware line which uses a revolutionary nonstick coating made with diamond crystals for durability, superior heat conduction, and a long-lasting nonstick surface. Swiss Diamond is committed to meeting consumer needs by using safe, high-quality materials, by emphasizing innovative design with traditional European craftsmanship and by adhering to an eco-friendly production process.

Prize Pack #2 from Envy Apples 

A $60 Pre-Paid Visa Gift Card and a shipment of Envy Apples! When you’re this good they call you Envy™ it’s hard to put into words what makes Envy™ so remarkable. Each satisfyingly sweet crunch redefines what to expect from an apple. Since it was introduced, Envy™ has emerged as the apple with everything: beautiful skin, sweet flavor and a bright, tender flesh that remains white even after being cut. It’s a pure and pristine apple that’s a genuine work of orchard-growing genius.
Envy™ was born in New Zealand using natural plant-breeding methods, crossing a Braeburn with a Royal Gala apple. From there, a handpicked team of talented growers, planted trees in regions perfect for growing Envy, such as New Zealand, Washington state and Chile where they benefit from long,
sundrenched days and crisp, cool evenings. Enjoy Envy™ just about anywhere—it’s nature’s passport to a magical moment of indulgent time. For more information visit their website.

Prize Pack #3 from The Spice House

The Spice House has been sourcing premium spices since 1957, bringing you the finest selections from all over the globe.  They provide the freshest and most flavorful ingredients possible via small, weekly batch grinding and blending. They will be sending one lucky winner The Baker's Gift Box.


Prize Pack #4 from Rodelle Vanilla

A Baker's Dream Come True! Package will include pure vanilla extract, gourmet dutch-processed baking cocoa, gourmet vanilla extract, gourmet vanilla beans, organic vanilla extract, organic chocolate extract, almond extract, vanilla paste, and some fun baking supplies to whip of your next batch of goodies with!

Rodelle believes ingredients makes all the difference, that's why they are passionate about offering a complete line of superior baking ingredients, vanilla products and gourmet spice blends. Quality vanilla extract may cost a little bit more, but the flavors are worth it! Rodelle works with a farmer-owned co-op in Madagascar, Sahanala, to craft a farm-to-table vanilla that benefits the vanilla farmers and their families. Learn more about Rodelle's vertical integration here. Or, Find out where to buy great Rodelle ingredients near you here.

Prize Pack #5 from Imperial Sugar 

A Sweet Tooth's Dream Come True! The Winner will receive 1 case of 2-lb granulated sugar (20 bags) + 1 case of 2-lb light brown sugar (24 bags), 2 silicone baking mats and 1 custom apron.

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens across the South.  Sweet things happen when people come together in the kitchen, and that's why Imperial sugar has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations for generations.  We're the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Home cooks know that when you bake with love and Imperial sugar, that's when memories are made. Visit their website for over 100 years of time-tested recipes, kid's crafts, how-to videos, coupons, giveaways and more.

Prize Pack # 6 from Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal and Nairn's Oatcakes 

Flahavan's and Nairn's have teamed up to bring out an oatstanding prize pack filled with naturally cream, sustainable Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal and our go-to gluten free grahams by Nairn's. We have a good gut feeling that you're going to love it!

Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal is sustainably grown and milled in Co. Waterford, Ireland by the Flahavan's family since 1785. They have sourced the finest oats from the same Irish farming families for generations. Flahavan's oats are milled in small batches and minimally processed according to 230 year old milling tradition and double kilned. They are non-GMO and naturally gluten-free. Nairn's Gluten Free Grahams are rather good in more ways than one.  For a start they're made with only the finest wholegrain oats- naturally energizing and proven to reduce cholesterol.  And at only 45 calories a piece, they're a healthy alternative the the usual graham (also 40% less sugar!). But the real feel good factor comes from knowing every delicious gluten-fee bite is batch tested to Elisa standards so they're truly safe to eat.

Prize Pack #7 from Nordic Ware

Perfect for baking all of these AppleWeek treats, Nordic Ware will give one lucky winner an apple cakelet pan and prism baker's bundle with a quarter and half sheet pan!

Nordic Ware is a family owned and operated kitchenware company since 1946 and has steadily built its reputation as an internationally distributed kitchenware brand. As a leading manufacturer and innovator, Nordic Ware produces the vast majority of its products in America, at its Minneapolis headquarters, including bakeware, cookware, grillware, microwave, and kitchen gadgets and accessories.



#AppleWeek Day One Posts

Seared Steak with Envy-able Apples

As a participating #AppleWeek blogger, I received a lot of different products from sponsors to feature and use in recipe development for this event. But this box of voluptuous apples from Washington were a family favorite.


Envy Apples were born in New Zealand using natural plant-breeding methods by cross-pollinating Braeburn apples with Royal Gala apples. They have since planted trees in Washington state and Chile. They are sweet and deliciously crisp. I knew they would make a great addition to a savory recipe.


Ingredients serves 4
  • 4 steaks (I used New York strip steaks), brought to room temperature
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 T butter
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 apples (I used Envy apples), peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 1 C wine or other liquid (stock, water, or even bourbon - or a mixture that you prefer)
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T heavy cream

Procedure
Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Liberally season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Melt butter in 1 T olive oil and sear steaks on all sides until a nice crust develops. Reduce heat to medium and cook steak for an additional 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove steak from pan, tent, and let rest.

In the meantime, add remaining olive oil to the pan and stir in the apples and onion. Cook until the onions are softened and the apples beginning to brown in some parts. 

Pour in the wine and vanilla. Simmer until the apples are tender and the wine has reduced to about 1/2 C, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream. Season to taste, as needed, with more salt and pepper.

To serve, place the steaks on a serving platter or individual serving plates. Top with apples and serve immediately.

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Disclaimer: Thank you AppleWeek Sponsors: Swiss Diamond, Nordic Ware, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, The Spice House, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan’s Irish Oats and Nairn’s  for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for AppleWeek  recipes. All opinions are my own. The AppleWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Seven (7) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The AppleWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the AppleWeek posts or entry.

6 comments:

  1. Now I am ready for dinner, what a delicious looking meal!

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    1. Thanks, Carlee. And thanks for hosting!! What a fun week we have in store for us.

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  2. This sounds delicious! The apples were wonderful, weren't they!

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    1. They really were. Such a great apple for cooking AND eating raw.

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  3. This looks so good. I might try making it with some calvados.

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  4. My favorite apple recipe to make is a cobbler.

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