Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Steak Made Simple


A lot of special occasions are celebrated with a meal that includes a good, juicy steak. Cooking steaks is not difficult at all. In fact, I would dare to say that it is easier than cooking the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving Day. A good tip to keep in mind is to start with a good cut of meat. Juicey steaks include the sirloin steaks,  rib steaks, porterhouse steaks, t-bone steaks,and the filet Mignon. Served with the right side dishes and  paired with a good wine, you could be certain that your dinner will be a good one. 

Prepare steaks by placing them in a Zip-lock plastic bag. Add salt, pepper, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of aromatic herbs such as rosemary or thyme. Place bag in the refrigerator and let the steaks marinate and absorb the flavors for a few hours.  Before cooking the steaks, it is very important to always let them come to room temperature (ideal temp should range between 70 – 75 degrees). Preheat oven to 450-500 degrees.  Pat dry steaks and immediately place them in a hot cast-iron skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes without moving them; turn and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and put the cast iron skillet with the steaks in it into the pre-heated oven. Cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness of steaks and degree of readiness you like.

If you are not sure when to stop cooking them, use a meat thermometer to test for doneness: Rare - 120 degrees F, Medium Rare - 125 degrees F, Medium - 130 degrees F. When the steaks are done to your liking, remove from the pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serve them with a starch such as potatoes, orzo, couscous and a green vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli or green beans.


A simple dessert such as chocolate pudding or a scoop of ice cream over a Scottish shortbread cookie coated with Nutella is all you need for a grand finale.


Saranya said...

wow..Superb presentation and good clicks..

Margaret said...

oh my that desert looks absolutely divine :)

ps new follower here ! love your blog !!


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