Saturday, March 10, 2012

Making steak

I was reading on another blog yesterday, and she commented about how restaurants do it, and it's very similar to what my grandma did (who was a professional chef). All you do is use a cast iron skillet (really hot) to sear on both sides with a little butter. Then you put the whole thing in a 400 degree oven for 5-7minutes turning once until done. Now the spice concoction for topping the steak prior to cooking. Mine is garlic, cumin, kosher salt, pepper, and a little red pepper. Be sure the steaks are cut 1- 1 1/2 inch thick for best flavor, plus much thinner and it may as well be shoe leather. Play with your favorite spices, and just think no buying propane and cleaning the grill outside.The outside grill is great for hot dogs, hamburgers, and maybe even some chicken. Now the questions come of no cast iron, substitute a good stainless steel (check the handle is oven proof) non stick won't work due to temps, will tear up the coating, and depending on if the bloggers are right they give off bad fumes. A decent stainless pan is about $40 cast iron about the same.Cast iron has a bad reputation on glass top stoves. It's partially earned they are heavy and could if dropped hard may crack the glass (saw it twice working in a service center) they also hold heat against the burner that may lower its lifespan a couple years (15 instead of 20 type thing) I use stainless because I own it, I want good cast iron, but haven't needed it myself yet (mother in law makes corn bread)
Now serving the steak you put a tablespoon of butter on it (herbed is good) and will taste very close to your favorite restaurant makes. And clean up is one pan, and maybe just a rinse out for the cast iron. Something I am noticing is it is really hard to post the blog after taking me sleep meds. Hopefully this all makes sense. If you are unsure on trying it, and are local to Mobile I'll bring my pans and cook you a steak(you buy the steak). Hope you enjoy

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