Friday, July 17, 2015

Steak Tonight!

Through some good luck and a great friend with a well stocked freezer, slave scored a beautiful steak for dinner. It has been several months so it seemed like it was time for another steak dinner! You don't have to be a fancy chef to do a steak correctly. Just follow some simple rules and you mouth will be watering.

This is a simple meal with a meat, some roasted broccoli and a fantastic pan sauce that will have them beating your door down!

10.6oz Strip Steak (2 inches thick) (In the store this goes for $10 @ lbs.)
2 medium yellow onions
1 ½ cups fresh mushrooms
Kosher Salt
¾ C Vegetable broth
2 tsp corn starch
½ half & half
2 Tbs butter
4 Tbs oil divided
1 head of fresh broccoli
½ C vinegar
½ C Seagram's 7

Rinse the steak and dry with a paper towel. Rub with a layer of kosher salt. Put it in a zipper bag in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This will immensely improve the meat!

When time is up, rinse it again and pat it dry with more paper towels. The secret to a nice crusty-charred steak is a dry outside. Meat can be a bit slimy right out of the package and that steams the meat, not very tasty.

Allow the meat to sit at room temperature for 1 - 1½ hours. Don't skip this!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

While that is warming do your cutting. Slice up the onions, wash and slice the mushrooms. Cut the broccoli into florets and let soak in a vinegar water bath for 5 minutes.

Prepare two sheet pans. Line them with foil and place a cooling rack in one. Spray both well. Place the one with a rack into the heating oven to also get warm.

Over a medium low heat, warm 2 Tbs oil & 2 Tbs of butter in a large skillet.
Add the sliced onions and mushrooms. If it sizzles, it is too hot. Stir in 2 tsp of white sugar.. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes.
By now the oven should be heated.

Rinse the broccoli and toss with 1 Tbs of oil. Spread on the baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt. Place in oven.
Raise the heat on the onions to medium and stir well as they are turning a light brown.

Now to the other skillet: heat on high 2 Tbs oil. When HOT sear the steak until a dark crust starts to form. About 3 minutes per side.
Using tongs, place the steak onto the heated rack in the oven.

Back to the onion mixture, now a nice brown. Dissolve the cornstarch into the vegetable broth. Be sure to stir well. Set aside while you add the scotch. Stir it well. That will quickly reduce as the alcohol cooks off. Now stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue to stir as this thickens. Add the half & half to make creamy.

By now the 20 minutes should be up on the oven. Remove the broccoli and dish up. Remove the steak: at this point an instant read thermometer should read 140 degrees, the heat will continue to rise, if you wrap it in foil. Let that sit for 15 minutes! Dish up the pan sauce.

Slave served the steak still wrapped in foil. This allows the meat to rest and the juices to flow back into the steak. Always let your meat rest.

Remember this great recording?

This pan sauce turns out so very good that slave has been known to cry real tears when he could not share it with others. Hope you enjoy.

Serving my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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