The Perfect Steak

Steak Before and After 044Ribeye has always been my favorite steak cut. I like to dress it with blue cheese and steak sauce. This is my first time using the Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix. But I love all of the Stubb’s BBQ products, so I think it will make a great dry rub.

I mixed the packet with olive oil, a touch of liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and a dash of Montreal Steak Seasoning in a zipper bag for 3 days.

I can use two of my favorite skillets to cook it. My grill skillet and cast iron skillet. The Cast Iron skillet can stand the heat of a hot oven. However, the grill skillet has plastic on the handle, so I use it only on the stovetop.

“Alexa, set a 30 minute timer: Steak.” I put it in the microwave, instead of the countertop, so the cat won’t eat it.Steak

INGREDIENTS

  • Ribeye Steaks, 2 (I take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to make it room temperature)
  • Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix (or try Stubb’s Beef Soy, Garlic & Red Pepper Marinade Mix)
  • Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon
  • Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  • Soy Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Liquid Smoke, 1/8 teaspoon
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic, 1 cloveStubbs Marinade
  • Butter, 1 pat,
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles, 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  • Steak Sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Vinegar (Water, Beef Broth, Beer, etc. to deglaze)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Preheat Grill skillet and Cast Iron skillet for a few minutes
  • Add a “Garlic Hole” by cutting into the steak for the butter and garlic
  • Add Olive Oil, the Steak(s) and grill for 2 minutes per side, to get some fancy grill marks
  • Deglaze pan (save pan drippings to pour over rested steak with Blue Cheese)Steak Before and After 029
  • Add Butter and Garlic to Cast Iron skillet, with steak on top
  • Bake for 7 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Top with Blue Cheese and rest for 5 minutes
  • Slap on your favorite Steak Sauce with Horseradish, and chow down!

A great steak is like a great movie. It has a fantastic lead player, co-star and supporting cast.

I hardly ever watch movies. I get sleepy close to the 2 hour mark. Although I prefer to watch shorter 30 or 60 minute TV shows, I did take the time to watch some great movies lately, like:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Us
  • Crazy Rich AsiansSteak Before and After 032

I love all movies starring Julie Andrews, such as Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries and The Tooth Fairy. She has tons of other great movies, but those are my top three favorites. I love, love, love the original Mary Poppins movie. I predicted disaster for Mary Poppins Returns. But in the end, I loved it, almost as most as the original. One of my favorite parts was the Dick Van Dyke dance scene. He still has it!

I love scary movies. My brother just rented Us, so I told him no spoilers. That was one of the best scary movies I have ever seen. I was hollering at the screen, like don’t go there! I am a huge fan of Lupita Nyong’o! She puts the “A” in Acting! She was terrific in The Black Panther! I loved her use of dance and voice in the movie Us.

Steak Before and After 035Fresh off the Boat is one of my favorite TV shows. Mainly because race does not matter. It does not matter if the family happens to be Hispanic, Black, Asian or White. Funny is funny, regardless. The Grandma is my favorite character on the show. Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh inspired me to watch this movie. It was so entertaining and funny!

I have my lead star ready – the Steak.

I have my co-star ready – the Salad

I have my supporting cast ready – the Horseradish, Blue Cheese and Steak Sauce

Steak Before and After 042Time to chow down with my favorite Wednesday night TV shows:

  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home
  • House Hunters

Steak, that’s for dinner! I was so tempted to “lick the plate” clean, but resisted. It was so good!

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

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Bacon Bleu Cheese Tornado Burger: Happy Memorial Day!

Cooked1Bacon Bleu Cheese Tornado Burger: Gluttons Unite!

I loved this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games Burger challenge. Aaron May is always one of my favorite chefs on the show. And sure enough, he won!

I am going to steal one of his burger techniques, by using my square egg ring to shape the burger. I agree with using butter-side down, on a burger as well.

I got so many fresh ideas for my Memorial Day burger from that episode. I was going to grill it outside yesterday, but the heavy rain, thunderstorms and tornado warning said otherwise.

Aaron1So, instead, I had to take cover in the basement for about an hour until the weather cleared up. I remembered to grab a battery-operated candle, but forgot to bring a can of beer! Do’h!

So me and my loyal cat stayed in the dusty, wet basement, dreaming of the burger I had planned to make.

Oh well, the storms made me miss the Dynasty finale and Agents of Shield too. Boo Bad weather!

Cooked2Hopefully Saturday will be a great Do-Over day to get back on track with my favorite TV shows.

And I can use my grill pan, instead of my new George Foreman grill. I was looking forward to soaking hickory chips for one hour, then adding them to a foil packet with holes, for the outside grill.

I think I can make this burger just as good inside!

This burger was referenced in The Vampire Dancer Saga, Part 2, Chapter 7: Dancing Back to our Past (the 1950s). Go to page 27 in the soft cover book. Or, do a search in the audio or Kindle version.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Aaron2Ground chuck beef, 1 pound
  2. Bleu cheese crumbles, ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  3. Bacon Pieces or Bits, ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  4. Diced onions (or slice a raw onion), ½ to ¼ cup, to your taste
  5. Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon, to your taste
  6. Liquid Smoke, ½ teaspoon, to your taste
  7. Montreal Steak seasoning, ½ teaspoon, to your tasteCooked3
  8. Brioche Buns (or your favorite bun), 4
  9. Aioli, Mustard and Mayo (use one on the top and one on the bottom bun)
  10. Horseradish, dash (bring some heat!)
  11. Butter, 4 pats
  12. Swiss Cheese, I am using Aged, 2 per burger
  13. Tomato, I am going to use 1/3 of a Roma
  14. Barbecue sauce or Ketchup, what you like the best, or none
  15. Pickles, optional
  16. Lettuce, optional (I am having a salad, so I am skipping the lettuce on the burger tonight)
  17. Poppy seeds (why pay more for Chicago-style buns, when you can DIY it yourself?)
  18. Water

SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Get beef to room temperature, then together mix with Bleu cheese, bacon pieces, diced onions,Cooked4 Worcestershire sauce, Liquid Smoke and Montreal Steak seasoning. Plastic disposal gloves are your best friend for this. Form into 4 patties, with a butter pan indent on the bottom side
  2. Chef tip, you can use an Egg Ring to shape the burger round or square. I fried the bottom side with the egg ring in the pan, then removed the egg ring for the top side
  3. Heat the grill pan for 2-3 minutes on low (or get your grill nice and hot!)
  4. Burger, butter-side down on the grill pan, cook until 145°F for medium-rare or, if using commercial ground beef, cook it to at least medium, 160°F, this usually takes about 5 minutes per side in my grill pan. I crank the heat up a bit after I put the burgers in.
  5. Now it is time to grill the buns and let the cheese melt. I experimented using butter to glue the poppy seeds, but that was too oily. So now I prefer to use water. So you may want to water the top side and make sure the poppyCooked5 seeds stick, then grill the top and bottom bun for a few minutes. The cheese can be melting at the same time.
  6. Remove the buns and let the burgers rest for a few minutes.
  7. I like to put Mayo on the bottom-grilled bun and Mustard on the top bun.
  8. The tomato and pickle add moisture to the bun, so I put the pickle on the bottom, the burger, and then the tomato on the top.

The perfect side dish?

Stay tuned for my Bacon, Bacon Cowboy Beans!

  1. Bacon Hickory Thick-slided, 1 pound
  2. Polish Sausage, diced
  3. Diced onions, I use frozen to save time, about 1 ¼ cupsCooked6
  4. Garlic, I use the bag of raw with the peel off, to save time, about 2 to 3 heads
  5. Spinach, frozen, 12 oz. bag
  6. Butter Beans, 15.5 oz., 2 cans
  7. Bush’s Grillin’ Beans, Bourbon & Brown Sugar, 22 Oz, 1 can
  8. Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Bar-B-Q Sauce, 6 oz
  9. Beef Consommé condensed, 10.5 oz.
  10. Cream of Bacon Soup condensed, 10.5 oz. 1 can
  11. Cream of Celery Soup condensed, 10.5 oz. 1 can
  12. Ice, 4-5 cubes (to prevent the slow cooker from burning the food)

Get the slow cooker ready to go

  1. Cut and fry the bacon thick pieces, remove
  2. Dice and fry the polish sausageBeans1
  3. Cook 1 cup of onions and 2 heads diced garlic
  4. I put ice in the bottom of the slow cooker, then the uncooked onion, garlic and frozen spinach
  5. Drain the Butter Beans and add to crock pot
  6. Polish sausage and cooked onions and garlic
  7. Cooked bacon next
  8. Grillin’ Beans (or your favorite Baked Beans) is next
  9. Stir in the Bacon and Celery soup
  10. Add some Barbecue sauce next
  11. The Beef Consommé is last
  12. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!Beans3

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