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Old 12-24-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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WWYD in this situation (large Chateaubriand)

We get our meat from a local farmer and buy it by the side, which lasts us a year. They've treated us well, so for any special cuts, we go to them. We ordered a chateaubriand for Christmas from them... 2.5lbs. They guaranteed that it would be a nice dry-aged, never frozen piece of meat, so it's not like we can just call them and tell them that we really only need 1 lb. of meat now. However, with the weather, it's just going to be only dh, dd, and me now. Obviously the meat is WAAAAY to big for 3 people, one of whom is 7 years old. I'm leaning toward cutting it in half and making two smaller chateaubriand and serving the rest on New Year's Eve. I would probably freeze the other half in that case. I just don't want to have leftovers (that have to be warmed up, ruining the meat) from this beautiful cut of meat. What do you all think? What would you do?

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Old 12-24-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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personally.. cook it all and pig out... Leftovers for breakfast...


chateaubriand for breakfast sounds pretty good to me... A few slices of nice aged cheddar, coffee, a little sour cherry juice..... yummy.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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If you really don't want leftovers, then yes, cut it and freeze it.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear 16 oz is waaay to big a portion for a special occasion.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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I agree, I would actually cook the whole thing. yum.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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Would you really need to freeze the uncooked half if you're going to be cooking it in a week?
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:37 PM   #7
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:19 PM   #8
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I would also cook it all and then make some fabulous sandwiches for lunch the next day out of thinly sliced leftovers.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:47 AM   #9
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I think a 2.5# roast is not nearly as large as the imagination. Cook it.Saturday or Sunday make open-face hot beef sandwiches. You should be able to make some yummy gravy out of the dripping. IF your 7 year old likes beefas much as mine did - it won't go to waste.

Seriously, thouth, if it was a 10# roast it would be another matter.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:50 AM   #10
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13oz each...ok that might be a BIT much. Go out skating or tobogganing first to work up an appetite!

I'd cook it all though. No sense messing with a beautiful piece of meat. The leftovers can be gently warmed in some broth or something so they don't get over cooked. Serve slice thinly on baguette. MMMM.
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