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The Best Steak EVER

So, by special request, I made a steak tonight. A friend of mine from the IRC (Hi, podman405!!) asked me if I wanted to make a steak tonight for dinner and he would follow the same recipe. At the end of the night, we would see whose steak looked better. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but damn that steak was good.

My steak was a .72lbs NY Strip. It was the second smallest one in the case. We followed the directions on the food network’s bastard child website http://www.food2.com for the Perfect Steak in a Skillet.

Ingredients:

New York strip steak, room temperature
Fresh ground pepper (not too fine)
Sea salt or kosher salt
Canola oil (I used about 3 Tbsp)
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
A few sprigs fresh thyme
Special Equipment: seasoned cast iron skillet (10 inches in diameter)
*Instead of salt and pepper I used Montreal Steak Seasoning. I know this is a dangerous thing because the garlic and other spices in the mix can burn fast but it worked out for me this time*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat the steak with pepper and then with a heavy sprinkling of salt. Heat the cast iron skillet until extremely hot (approximately 10 minutes). Add oil to the pan. Sear the steak on the first side 1 to 2 minutes until it develops a nice crust. Flip it, baste it with the oil, top with butter, garlic and thyme and place in the oven. Check every 2 minutes; cook to desired temperature *I cooked mine in the oven for 3 minutes total and it was PERFECT* Let the meat rest until the juices redistribute and slice across the grain on a slight bias. *About 5 minutes resting time*

Chef’s Note: “Warning: Please heat your pan cautiously. 10 minutes or under will suffice. Any longer and the oil could catch fire! Have a fire extinguisher ready, just in case.” <—-This is good advice!! It tends to smoke a little.

I also made my garlic mushrooms and a salad to go along with it. OK! Pics!

Pics of podman405’s steak can be found here: STEAKS!

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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Steak and potatoes!

I decided that I wanted a steak and some potatoes for dinner tonight. Carter was cool with it so we headed out to the store for supplies. I got a NY strip steak that I put a bit of olive oil and pepper + garlic on and I used 2lbs of red potatoes cooked with 2 cloves of garlic cut in half. When they were done, I drained them and added some butter + milk and whipped them up. The salad is just baby spinach with some very thinly sliced onion and balsamic dressing. I also made some mushrooms to go with it.. they just had some garlic, pepper, salt, and a tsp or so of balsamic for acidity. I fried them up in some olive oil and butter. The results are as follows:

Spinach salad:

Raw Steak:

Cooking Potatoes:

Completed potatoes:

Mushies:

Cooked Steak:

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Po-ta-toes

So, since bfzzzzz asked me to put less recipes per post, I decided to make this one separate from the baked one. I made a simple dinner tonight but the recipe for the potatoes was good so I figured I would post it here. I made broccoli, roasted in a foil pouch with a little butter and salt and pepper. Also, a ribeye steak, mushrooms with onions and garlic, baked mashed potatoes, and garlic butter crescent rolls.
Most of these things are simple. I have posted my mushroom recipe before so I wont bother writing all that out and the steak just had some olive oil and salt and pepper on it when I cooked it. The crescent rolls were courtesy of the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

The real star here was supposed to be the potatoes. Giada DiLaurentiis made this on the food network Thanksgiving special I was watching yesterday and they looked yummy. Mine came out delicious but they needed more of something. Something spicy or salty – maybe crumbled bacon. It is a good base recipe for mashed potatoes tho!

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Recipe courtesy: Giada De Laurentiis
Show: Everyday Italian Episode: Just for Two

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon butter
* 4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
* 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
* 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill.

Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

This was a simple recipe and it makes a BUNCH of potatoes! Enjoy!!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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