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Old 01-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #21
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Another thing I like to do with a steak you only do the salt and pepper thing to and grill is to to make a gorgonzola, horseradish topping for it.

2T diced shallot in a pan with 3T olive oil, cook till translucent
Remove from heat and stir in enough fine bread crumbs to absorb oil
Mix in horseradish, crumbled gorgonozola, chopped fresh parsley
Season to taste with salt, pepper

* Horseradish and blue cheese are also to taste. I will usually start with 1t hr and 1/4 C gorg. Also a little of Hot smoked Spanish paprika is good.

Once the steak is done top with bread crumb and put under broiler till browned. Then let the steak rest for 10 minutes.

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Old 01-19-2007, 10:57 AM   #22
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Zim,

IMO the way you are cooking the meat will encourage it to be tough. Not enough heat and you are steaming the meat when you cover it.

Try heating your oven to 450. When it's good and hot, take a cast iron skillet and set it on med high heat on your stove and get it hot. You can also use a stainless steel skillet or other oven-safe skillet.

Sear the steak on both sides. That means cook it til it gets a nice brown crust on it. About 1-2 min per side.

Then put the skillet into the oven to let the steak cook on high dry heat.

It will take another 8 min or so to get to medium.

This may smoke up the kitchen a bit, but is IMO the best way to cook steak indoors and is pretty much foolproof.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:32 AM   #23
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I use the same method as jennyema whenever I make my steaks in a pan ( i prefer the grill) and I have to say I think it is the best way, no matter whay rub or marinade you're using.

I feel that I should mention that the 450 degree oven is not an exact nuumber to follow. What temp. you use really depends on your oven, gas vs. electric, elevation, and who knows what else, probably the moon cycle and whether or not Jupiter is in the sky. My point is, work with your oven, and find the temp that works best for you. For example, I leave mine at only 400 degrees, because thats hot enough to do my steaks. It may not be enough for most people, I don't know, because I only use my oven. I would say though, that you probably shouldn't stray too far from the 400-450 range.
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:07 PM   #24
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When you are grilling a big ol' thick steak, after you have seared both sides, do you put the lid down so it bakes like an oven?

99% of the time, my steaks are thin so I just flip and then flop.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:30 PM   #25
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With my 2 inch thick steaks I do put the lid down when usint the gas grill(cold winter cooking) but on my Webber I leave the lid off for the whole process and have a hot and warm zone on the grill. Hot for the initail searing and the warm as the finishing side. Then while the steaks are resting I throw on some veggies like summer squash, red bell peppers and scallions still with the lid off.

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Old 01-19-2007, 02:44 PM   #26
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For the quickest, easiest steak, and one of the tastiest steaks, all you need is three ingredients but they should be top notch:

The best quality steak you can get, prime or choice (Rib eye, NY, T-Bone, Porterhouse)
Fleur de Sel
Fresh Cracked Pepper

Use the method that Jenny suggested but go more for medium rare then medium, about 6-7 minutes. Season with the pepper only before searing. Finish the steak with a light sprinkle of fleur de sel before serving. You'll get the purest beef flavor with this method. And forget the grill. Pan searing will give you a more tasty and juicy steak.
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:34 PM   #27
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And forget the grill. Pan searing will give you a more tasty and juicy steak. [/quote].

I would have to respectfully disagree with this statement. The flavor derived from grilling truly compliments the meat whether it's a gas grill, charcoal grill or over an open camp fire. Yes pan searing does give a nice flavor to a good steak but IMHO outside is the way to go.

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Old 01-20-2007, 08:06 AM   #28
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"My better than restaurant steaks"

Ribeye or porterhouse steaks

Canola/olive oil
kosher salt
onion powder
garlic powder


Start by coating the steak(s) in oil then shake on some onion and galic powder on both sides. Then shake on the kosher salt.

Cook in Flavorwave Deluxe at 400 deg. 10 minutes on each side.

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The reason that i dont use black pepper on my steak is that black pepper is too strong of a flavoring. You want the flavors to compliment the meat and not mask the flavor of it. Garlic and onion compliment the beef wonderfully and the kosher salt amplifys the flavor of the beef while tenderizing it as well.
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Thanks JDP! Mr HB and I fuss about this all the time. I want to leave the lid raised on the grill but he prefers to shut it.
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and the kosher salt amplifys the flavor of the beef while tenderizing it as well.
Unless you incorporate the salt into a brine or cure, how does the salt tenderize the meat?
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