Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Garlic Rub and How to Cook a Steak without a Grill

Steak is special occasion food in our household. Unfortunately, when we make them ourselves (sadly, without using a grill) they are a little hit or miss--either too dry or without flavor. However, I think we've finally got it down, thanks to this garlic rub (which is also good on chicken) and finally figuring out how to sear our steak in a skillet to perfection. Good-bye sub-par steaks!

Garlic Rub
(adapted from The Sisters' Cafe)
Makes 1 large steak or 2 small to medium-sized steaks

2-3 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

1) Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Spoon half of the mixture over the steak and rub into meat. Flip steak over and repeat with remaining mixture.
2) Let meat marinate for 30 -60 minutes (or more). Cook meat and eat up! Enjoy!

(Look at this beautiful piece of meat we got from our downtown meat market!)

How to Cook your Steak without a Grill
1) Put 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil in a non-stick pan. Turn stove on high and heat skillet until piping hot.
2) Put steak in the skillet and leave it on for about 3 minutes. (The less you fidget with your steak, the better, so try not to peek.)
3) Flip the steak using tongs or spatula. (Don't use a fork; poking holes lets those valuable juices out.) Cook 1-2 minutes for medium rare. If the meat is particularly thick, sear the sides of the steak, if desired.
4) When steak is done, take the meat off the skillet and let it sit for five minutes to lock in the juices. Enjoy!

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