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    1 Bachelor Chef…Lets Cook Steaks!

    Recently I have been working on different ways to cook streaks and have found a method I really like. And you don’t even need a grill.

    Stuff you will need:

    Steaks (I like NY strip steaks)
    Fry pan (the heavier the better, cast iron is best)
    Unsalted Butter
    Vegetable oil
    Beef Stock/bouillon and Brandy (bourbon or whiskey works too)
    Assorted Peppercorns


    The method we will be using to cook the steaks is called Bifteck Saute Au Beurre. (pan-broiled steak) The final product is called Steak au Poivre (pepper steak with brandy sauce)

    Yes this is French cooking but don’t let that intimidate you…its really easy.

    This recipe is for two streaks.

    Take 1 Tb of the peppercorns, place them on a cutting board, and crush them with the bottom of a pan or a rolling pin. Just crush em up. Spread the crushed pepper out and press the steaks (both sides) in the pepper. Get that pepper on those steaks. Now let them rest with the pepper on for about 30 minutes.

    In the meantime prepare the rest of your ingredients.

    Measure out:

    1 ˝ Tb butter and 1 ˝ Tb oil
    Ľ cup beef stock
    3 Tb brandy, bourbon, or whiskey
    2 Tb softened butter

    Ok, lets get to it.

    Put the butter and oil in the pan over medium high heat. The mixture will foam up; when the foam subsides it is hot enough. Put in the streaks and cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. (1 inch thick streaks)

    Remove the streaks to rest (5 minutes) and prepare the sauce. Salt the steaks to taste.

    Pore the fat out the pan and return the pan to the burner. Pour in the beef stock and boil rapidly over high heat while deglazing the pan (scraping the bottom of the pan with a spoon) Do this for a minute or so and then add the brandy. Boil for a minute or two. This will evaporate the alcohol. Pour the mixture into a cup and swirl in the butter, a small spoon full at a time.

    When the sauce is done pore a few spoonfuls over the steaks and serve.

    That’s it!

    Enjoy…

    For a more detailed description see Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and Jacques Pepin’s Complete Techniques.
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    Dude! Where's the pictures?? Those were the best part...

    Pretty eff-ing sweet, anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Dude! Where's the pictures?? Those were the best part...

    Pretty eff-ing sweet, anyways.
    No pics this time...it all just happened so fast.

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    I've been marinating my steaks for a day or two and then cooking them in the broiler. They come out so tender i can cut them with a fork.
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    nice recipe, i do something similar as well. tasty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neildo
    I've been marinating my steaks for a day or two and then cooking them in the broiler. They come out so tender i can cut them with a fork.
    That sounds good. What do you marinate in?

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    I think tomato, red-wine, shallots and worcester sauce make a good alternative when you're in the mood for something different to a pepper and/or hard liquor based sauce. Especially on a very rare steak. Mingles with the blood and compliments it rather than drowns it out.
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    Rib Eye + charcoal + salt and pepper. 2003 Pinot noir.

    Also (and this is GREAT with steak): take a few whole heads of garlic, slice off the tops, and either grill or bake in oven, then squeeze the gooey cloves onto the steak (rare naturally).

    Also, my recipe for "Ong Bak Beef":
    Take some skirt steak (heheh)
    Put it in a big ziploc bag and marinate in Soy Vey (or any teriyaki will do)
    Beat yer meat (muay thai style) with fists, forearms and elbows. Don't rip bag!
    Then grill it and slice across the grain. Serve with coconut rice* and grilled veggies.

    * EZ version: make 2 cups white rice, pour in half can of coconut milk, add sea salt to taste.

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    I like the choice of Rib-eye. I think people overestimate fillet. The flavour isn't as strong and you can get a steak just as tender if you're prepared to put the work in.
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    Also, rare steak and a strong onion-based salad works just dandy if you're following some kind of paleo/low carb diet and it's easy to get at most restaurants.
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