Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Few Tips for a Great Steak at Home

Most of us love a good steak. For all around good flavor it is tough to beat, so a cover story The Perfect Steak in the Pursuits section of last Saturday's Wall Street Journal was worth a look at. It was a lengthy article on how to prepare and cook a steak the way they do at the better steak houses around the country. If you read the article you'll see how far some steak lovers go to reach perfection. Most of us are not going to go to the trouble of home aging, I know I am not. But you can still have a good steak at home without the aging process, here are the suggestions:


1. Purchase
prime cuts of beef at Whole Foods, Central Market or a quality market of choice.
2. Rib eyes cut at 1.5 inches / Filet mignon cut at 2.5 inches
3. Use grapeseed oil or canola oil.
4. Use kosher salt.

1. Remove beef from refrigerator 2 hours before cooking, paper towel dry.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Heat a cast iron skillet until water droplets evaporate in a few seconds.
4. Coat skillet with 2 teaspoons of oil.
5. Liberally salt steaks, about 1/4 teaspoon each.
6. Place steaks in pan, sear about 2 minutes each side. Turn with tongs, do not fork.
7. Transfer the steaks still in the frying pan to oven, cook for about 8 - 9 minutes for 1.5 inch steaks to be medium rare.
8. After removing the steaks from the oven, let them rest under an aluminum foil tent for 5 minutes.

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