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The Best Steak You Will Ever Cook

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The best steak I have ever eaten is from Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse here in town.  We go once a year for our anniversary and I splurge and get a delicious filet.  While that is the best steak I have ever eaten, this is *by far* the best I have ever cooked myself.  I know it is kind of bold to say this is the best.  But it is.  I first tried cooking a steak in my cast iron skillet, and it was good.  Bernie found a link to a video of Gordon Ramsay cooking a steak, dubbed the perfect steak.  So, I thought I could give it a try.  It looked pretty easy and I like to treat Bernie to a good steak at home every once in a while.  It looked easy, and it was easy.  The seasoning is spot on and the general tips in the video were interesting (i.e. make sure your steak is at room temperature before you cook it!).  Our place is usually Texas Roadhouse because, surprise, Bernie likes to get steak when we go out.  We haven’t been there recently and while he says it’s because we go all the time and he’s a little tired of it right now, I think secretly I kind of ruined it for him by making steaks that are even better than what he can get there :).  Give this a try, you won’t regret it and will end up with a delicious, restaurant quality steak.  I am listing the ingredients but take a look at the video, it’s only a couple minutes long.

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The Perfect Steak, from Gordon Ramsay

Ingredients:

Your favorite cut of steak
olive oil
black pepper
course salt
garlic cloves
fresh thyme
butter – about one pat per steak

Directions:

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Season your steaks with salt and pepper, push in the seasoning on the steaks.  Heat olive oil in a hot pan.  Put your steaks in.  After a minute or so add garlic (to taste – we don’t really like a lot of garlic).  Turn your steaks every minute to cook evenly.  Add a few sprigs of thyme.  Add your butter to the pan.  Once butter is melted, tilt your pan and baste the steaks with the liquid in the pan.  Brush the garlic over your steaks for more flavor.  Once cooked to your liking, remove steaks and let rest.

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Delicious!

Cast Iron Steak

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Up until the last month we didn’t have an outdoor grill. All of our grilling has been done inside on a George Foreman. That was challenging when it came to steaks. When I saw I could cook a steak in a cast iron skillet, I wanted to try it. And I have to say, it turned out really well. Just make sure you buy a good cut of meat, this is the single most important rule for this recipe. Cheaper cuts haven’t turned out as well for us. Also be sure to have a good sear before putting your steaks in the oven.  Glad to find another way to use my cast iron skillet!

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Cast Iron Steak, from Food.com

Ingredients:

Steaks, room temperature
olive oil
fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Rub steaks on both sides with oil, salt and pepper. Let sit while cast iron skillet is preheating over high heat, about four minutes.

Place steak(s) in pan and don’t move for three minutes. Flip and again don’t move for another three minutes.

Place skillet in preheated oven for five minutes for medium rare steak, cook a little longer if you like your steak more done.

Remove skillet from over and place steak on a patter.  Allow it to rest for several minutes.