We’re going to steak night! We’re gonna eat it right! Steak is such a treat! It is the world’s best meat! Much like Turk and JD on the (awesomely hilarious) show Scrubs, I love steak night. I could never be a vegan because steak is just way too delicious. I don’t go out to steak night though; I stay in for it. Steak is one of the most overpriced meals to order at restaurants (take for example my $55 company steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris).
So, we’re doing it right tonight and I’m cooking up some nice big steaks in my trusty little kitchen, paired with some baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, and a nice Pinot Noir. My favorite cut if money was no object would have to be ribeye, but money is a HUGE object, so tonight we’re having NY strip steaks because they were on sale.
There are a lot of theories out there about the best ways to cook steak at home. Some people swear by the grill, some charcoal and some propane (hello Hank Hill). I don’t have a grill or enough space to put one outside my apartment without creating a fire hazard, so I perfected my cooking technique using an old fashioned heavy cast iron pan.
The next great steak debate is how well to cook it. My husband likes his steaks so bloody they could start mooing again at any moment. I, on the other hand, like my steaks somewhere between medium rare and medium. Anyone who insists that their steak be cooked well-done (ahem Trump) should be arrested because that’s a crime against food. I mean, I’m sure there are several other reasons he should be arrested, but let’s focus on the crime of well-done steak for now.
I always make my side dishes first because my husband’s steak only takes about two minutes, one on each side. I bake my potatoes in the microwave because it’s so convenient, and then I just season them with salt, pepper, butter and seasoned salt. I buy the broccoli in the steamable microwave bag too and season it similarly. I cook my steak about 4-5 minutes on each side depending on thickness. Tonight, as usual, both steaks turned out perfect for our individual tastes.
After a few months of eating lots of ramen to keep the rent paid, it’s so nice to be able to live a little and eat steak again. This is definitely what I would call a career high.
So let’s toast to steak, the world’s best meat!
How do you like your steak cooked, and how do you prefer to cook it? Let me know in the comments, but be warned that I WILL send the food police your way if you say well-done. Just kidding…sorta.