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Old 01-07-2009, 02:58 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by Dom1183 View Post
Any one have a signature dish that they make on their CI? A dish that wouldn't be the same cooked in a different pan?

Also, what type of steak would you fry and what sauce would you make using the CI?
Here's my favorite, which I make with both beef steak & lamb chops - sometimes even tuna steaks** as well. Since it's marinated, I tend to use cheaper steak cuts, like chuck &/or strip.

First, meat is marinated in my own marinade:

BREEZY 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 MARINADE

In a plastic ziplock bag, bowl, or dish large enough to hold the meat & marinade, combine:

1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of dry sherry
3 tablespoons of oil (any type of your choosing)
4 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed, & roughly chopped

Add meat & marinate for a minimum of one hour to overnight. Grill, broil, or pan sauté meat as desired.

I then pop the meat into a preheated cast-iron pan or cast-iron (ridged) grill pan & cook to desired doneness. Remove the meat & toss whatever marinade is left over - including the garlic cloves - into the hot pan to heat/steam thru, & then pour that over the meat.

**If using this marinade for tuna, don't marinate for more than 1 hour or your fish will not only taste of nothing but the marinade, but will also turn to mush.

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:25 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by GB View Post
The smoother the CI the more prized it is. Smoothness is a great thing in CI. It is much easier to get a good seasoning on a smooth CI pan than on a rough one.
So why do they make them rough? Why don't they make them smooth so people don't have to take an orbit sander to it?

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:33 PM   #53
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It is more expensive to make them smooth.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:34 PM   #54
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they used too machine the interiors... they they got cheap... this is one of the reasons the vintage stuff sells on ebay and people (like me) are willing to go through the effort of restoring them.

After I inherited my grandmothers old DO I was won over.

This is one case where they really dont make em like they used to.

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