Tuesday, December 27, 2011

food (food) | steak dinner

Matt is one of the biggest carnivores I know and I used to not eat meat as much as I do now, but leave it to the good ol' Midwest to change all that.  We used to save good steak meals for places like Mastros or N9NE, but we've now made steak a regular meal every 2 or so weeks.  It's easy, a good source of protein and makes us feel like we're celebrating something special (when really we're not).

I'm one of those people that likes to marinade my steak to make it tender and give it more flavor.  Since I can't replicate the sizzling plate and luscious butter topping that you get at places like Ruth's Chris, I rely on a good marinade to get the best flavor and make the meat tender before cooking.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 Steaks (the cut of your choosing. I typically get a filet or rib eye)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of steak seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of Worcester sauce
  • 1 tbsp of salt

Mix all ingredients in a shallow dish, whisk and place steaks in marinade at room temperature for about 30 minutes (15 minutes each side).  I usually cut small slits in the steak to make sure some of the marinade seeps through.

To cook I usually mark each side for about 5 minutes and then finish them off in the oven, but you can cook the steaks by whatever method you prefer (grilling, broiling, etc.)

Now the perfect steak dinner for me isn't complete without a side of fresh veggies.  That's where a fool-proof roasted vegetable dish comes into play.  Roasting veggies has become one of my favorite things to do cause it's easy and doesn't require a lot of attention.  My favorite? Asparagus and cherry tomatoes.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 bunch of trimmed and cut asparagus
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes, each sliced in half
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

  1. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees
  2. While oven is pre-heating, mix veggies and ingredients into bowl and toss until evenly coated
  3. Spread evenly on a pan (make sure to not overlap too many pieces)
  4. Place in oven for 15 minutes
And voila! My perfect steak dinner.


Alyssa said...

I only recently started making steak at home. Great tip on making the slits in the steak!

And of course now i'm hungry.


I'm going to try this recipe. Keep them coming.

Justine said...

Yummy! Asparagus is my favorite too! I'll have to try that!

- Justine

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