"The Perfect Steak"

"The Perfect Steak"

It was another wonderful night with my Baby and I decided to cook us up some yummy steaks tonight...

So, after a quick trip to the butcher, I came home with some beautifully marbled and extra thick Aged Shell Steaks...

Letting them sit on the counter and come to room temperature (for about a half hour or so) is key, otherwise you will over cook the beef before the center warms at all...

"Sunlight breaks across the Shore"

While they were sitting I prepared some asparagus with heirloom tomatoes, lightly smashed garlic and thyme for the oven-a little sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste, and then it was time...

Turning on both the oven, and stove top, I began preheating both; 400 degrees for the veggies to roast and high heat for my cast iron skillet...

"NY Shell Steaks-thick cut and delicious"

Now, using paper towels, I dried off the steaks and then seasoned them simply with some fresh Cracked Pepper and "Fleur de Sel" Coarse Sea Salt...

A quick drizzle off "Kalamata" Olive Oil into the super hot pan and in go the Steaks...

With the pan so hot the steaks get a nice sear going quickly and after just a few seconds they're ready to be turned over...

A little attention, turning the steaks every 30 seconds to cook evenly and just the simplest of ingredients-garlic, thyme, salt and butter...

"The Sunrise rainbow-hearted steals athwart the misty brine"

Then in almost no time at all you're left with these beautifully crusted and seared Steaks cooked to perfection...

So unbelievably tasty and flavorful; and with the roasted Asparagus, Tomatoes and Garlic on the side-just like fine dining in the best Steakhouse in town...

A wonderful & simple dish that me and my Sweetie enjoyed immensely- and oh so "Definitely Delish

"The most beautiful Steak in the World"


"The Perfect Steak"

Ingredients:
2 Thick Cut Steaks (I used NY Shell Steaks)
2-3 large cloves Garlic
6-8 Sprigs fresh Thyme
1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil (Kalamata)
2 tablespoons Irish Sweet Cream Butter
Coarse Sea Salt (Fleur de Sel)
Cracked Black Pepper

 

  "Perfectly Crusted & Delicious"

"Perfectly Crusted & Delicious"

Directions:
1. Remove packaging and pat meat dry with paper towels. Line a plate with paper towels, place meat on top and set aside to dry further and come to cool room temperature (30 to 60 minutes, depending on the weather). Turn occasionally; replace paper towels as needed...
2. Place cast-iron skillet on high heat on stove top and preheat for 5-7 minutes...
3. Grind fresh pepper over steaks and sprinkle liberally with coarse salt; mopping up seasoning from cutting board with steaks...

"Love mine on the rare side...Yum"

4. When pan is preheated, add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil and immediately place steaks in pan. (Should hear the steaks sizzling)
5. After 30 seconds turn steaks over, they should already have a nice brown sear going-continue cooking turning steaks every 30 seconds to insure even cooking...
6. Place the steaks on their edges, tilting the pan so the drippings run towards the meat...
7. Place Steaks flat again and add the lightly crushed cloves of Garlic, sprigs of fresh Thyme, a touch more Oil and a light sprinkling of Sea Salt...

"So Stunning & So Simple"


8. Add 2 tablespoons of sliced Irish Sweet Cream Butter, melt and then baste steaks with it and the pan drippings...
9. Check for your desired level of temperature (rare to well done) with an instant-read thermometer or cut and check the color...
10. Rub steaks with the garlic cloves from in the pan and when cooked to your liking remove to a cutting board and cover loosely with tin foil for 3 or so minutes...
11. Slice and serve with roasted vegetables or whatever side you prefer...

Notes:
1. Serve with a nice full bodied Red Wine; my favorite for this is an Italian Amarone or South American Malbec..
2. Side dishes can range anywhere from baked potatoes, creamed spinach to prosciutto wrapped roasted asparagus-use your imagination and go crazy...