May 19, 2009

Yummy@Home For the Carnivore in Us

steakWarning: This post probably isn't a great post for all the vegetarians out there...

So I'm trying to save more money these days - and unfortunately that means no more big nights out at Quality Meats. Sad.

Luckily, I've found a way to still satisfy my every so often need for some good old red meat and my boyfriend and I have been perfecting our @home steak recipe with a side of potatoes, of course.

Like my friends Cody, Jill and Max know - although I'm small, that doesn't mean I don't eat my fair share of meat. As soon as we got off the plane in Omaha - it was "Where's the steak?"

What kind of meat?

We buy everything at Trader Joe's - including our meat, so our first stop is there. Usually I get a nice rib-eye if I'm going all-in, or a filet mignon if I'm watching my waistline. In order to have good steak, you have to pay a little more for a nice cut. So none of that top round, or skirt steak. Get yourself a nice thick piece.

Once you have your steak - either keep in refrigerator if you are eating it in the next couple of days or put in the freezer.


Marinade - I like to do a simple combination of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and toss in a sliced onion. Use a fork to poke some holes in the top of the steak in order for the marinade to absorb better into the meat. Place everything in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.

  1. Use a cast iron grill pan
  2. Put on high heat
  3. Sear each side of the steak for approximately 2 minutes each
  4. Immediately place pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes depending how well you like your steak done
Roasted Potatoes
  1. Pre-heat oven at 400 degreesroasted potatoes
  2. Quarter and slice either red potatoes, yukon potatoes, or any small baby potatoes you have
  3. Season with garlic, olive oil and rosemary (if you have it).
  4. If you have fresh garilc feel free to roast some cloves with the potatoes as well. I kinda love the taste of slightly burnt garlic. Maybe that's just me - but the crunchy, sweet and somewhat sharp flavor balances really well with the potatoes.
  5. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees, flipping potatoes every 20 minutes.
  6. Before serving, sprinkle salt.
Serve with a bottle of red wine (Trader Joe's again, obviously!) - and you have yourself a great steak dinner at a fraction of the cost. Plus you can eat it right in front of the telly, watching Gossip Girl. What could be better?

P.S. This post is for you Rishi!

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