You just couldn’t escape the buzz surrounding the recent launch of Celebrity’s newest ship, the 122,000-ton, 2,850-passenger Celebrity Silhouette. I figured if I couldn’t be there, I could at least pretend — so I decided to whip something up from one of the line’s newest concept restaurants. Bistro on 5 is a casual alternative eatery specializing in sweet and savory crepes that debuted on Celebrity Solstice in 2008. With its cheery ambience and slim $5 service charge, the creperie (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) has become a favorite among cruisers (our editor’s included). And who doesn’t like crepes?
Celebrity sent me one of its most popular recipes — the “Cowboy Crepe.” Flank steak, caramelized onions, garlicky spinach and tangy provolone cheese and bacon wrapped in a light and buttery shell? Yes, please!
While this dish definitely required more assembly than complicated cooking techniques, there are several things to note:
First, I set the steak to marinate. While it sat, I put onions and butter in a pan to caramelize, cooked off the bacon and chopped the spinach and garlic. After the bacon was cooked, I removed it from the pan and poured most of the oil out. I then wilted the spinach in the bacon pan (mmm, more bacony flavor !). After chopping the bacon and shredding up some cheese, I threw the steak into a searing-hot fry pan, mixed the crepe batter and began to cook them off one-at-a-time in a large skillet, until all of the batter was cooked.
Tip: Just turn the steak once after it has formed a nice brown crust and easily lifts from the pan. I like my steak cooked to medium, but you can adjust to your liking. Be sure to let it rest before slicing into it.
When the crepes finished cooking, I transferred them to a warm plate , where they waited until the steak was ready. Once each component was complete, I layered everything into a few of the crepes (onions, spinach, cheese, bacon, then steak), and served with a simple side salad. I loved both the simplicity and flavor of this dish and plan to put it into my regular dinner rotation. Yee-haw for cowboys!
Get the recipe for “Cowboy Crepes.”
Hungry for more of your favorites? Check out our past Lido Deck Test Kitchen escapades, including Carnival’s Warm Melting Chocolate Cake and RCI’s Bailey’s Banana Colada.
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