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Labor Day Dinner: White Wine Steak Marinade / Smashed Potatoes

Here we are in September. The Summer season is just about behind us and the new school year has begun. I personally am ready to take it easy as I felt a rush to get so many tasks and activities accomplished over the Summer. With Labor Day before us, I wanted to cook a special meal that wasn’t doing too much. We’ve had our share of ribs and picnic foods, so I decided on good ol’ steak, potatoes, and a salad.

To prepare for our early Labor Day meal, I headed to Walmart to grab some USDA sirloin steaks, the main event, and fixins under $40.


I made a delicious white wine marinade for the steaks, but since I was pressed for time, I let the steaks cook in the oven in the marinade. I’m always cutting corners in the kitchen ;-). Then, I tossed them on the grill for that yummy grilled flavor. Talk about restaurant quality!!! Tender, juicy, and full of flavor!

I usually make homemade mashed potatoes or baked, then fried potatoes. I decided to combine the two and smash ’em a bit like Cat did in her Smashed Potatoes recipe. Steak and potatoes are certainly not complete without a salad; lettuce, cucumbers, croutons, crumbled bacon, drizzled in a favorite dressing. Italian Ice serves as a light and refreshing desert after a hearty meal.




What are your meal plans for Labor Day?

Smashed Potatoes
  • 12 petite red potatoes
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • crumbled bacon
  • thin green onion or chives, chopped
  1. Boil potatoes in a medium-sized pot until tender.
  2. Saute potatoes in oil until brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using a potatoe masher, gently mash each potato.
  4. Top each potato with a dollop of cream cheese, chives, bacon, and pepper.
Adapted from

White Wine Steak Marinade
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients in a dish large enough to fit steaks.
  2. Place steaks in marinade and refrigerate for 4 hours
  3. If pressed for time, steaks can be cooked directly in marinade (in a glass dish) or basted on the steaks while grilling.


I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart is compensating me for sharing my meal ideas. My participation is voluntary and all words and opinions are always my own.

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