Girls Night In

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Fast Food at Home

on April 23, 2014

My body loves protein. Which means that I will likely never be a vegetarian or a vegan. I am a meat eater and love a good steak. But I’ve eaten enough tough and overcooked steaks at friends’ homes to be convinced that making steak well is an art form that few master.

But one day when I was perusing the meat section of my local supermarket, gazing longingly at the steaks that I could never buy and cook myself since I am nowhere near an artist in the kitchen, the butcher came out and asked if I needed help with anything. So I started asking him about the different cuts of steak. And about marinades. And preparation. And before I knew it, I’d purchased a couple of ribeyes and a bag of salad and was headed home to make dinner. That butcher changed my life.

It turns out that steak is one of the easiest foods in the world to make. The packaging comes in the perfect portion size for one or two, and it takes hardly any time at all for prep, cooking and clean up. It’s a great dinner option for singles, and especially for singles who are novices in the kitchen.

Here’s how to make a super-delicious steak:

Start with a cut of steak you like. I usually go for a ribeye or a NY Strip. The ribeye tends to have more marbling (fat), which adds flavor.

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Next, turn your stove up to medium heat. Put your fry pan on the burner and add enough butter or olive oil (or both) to coat the bottom of the pan. Let the pan and the oil heat up for a minute or so.

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While the pan is heating, season your meat to taste with salt, pepper and onion powder. Or use any seasonings you like.

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When your pan is hot and your meat is seasoned, place the steak in the pan. There should be sizzle (and possibly smoke for us novices). For medium steaks, cook the first side for 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak, then turn the steak and cook for another 1-2 minutes. See how nicely charred that gets!

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Note: It is always better to cook the steak for too short a time than for too long a time. (Undercooked meat can be fixed.)

Take the pan off of the heat and let the steak sit in the cooling pan for another 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the steak to a plate and enjoy! You can’t tell from this picture, but this steak has a perfectly pink core inside. And when I cut it juices flowed out!

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Happy eating ladies! If you try this recipe, or have any variations on how to make a good steak, be sure to comment!

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5 responses to “Fast Food at Home

  1. sharynkopf says:

    I admit I have felt intimidated at the prospect of making a steak but this sounds pretty easy … & looks delish!

    Thanks for sharing, Leasey.

  2. Carole Brown says:

    Oh, yum! Love a mean, great tasting steak, and you’ve just made me hungry for one. Again. 🙂

  3. Yum! I’ve always made steaks in the oven if I don’t do them on the grill. I’m going to have to try this!

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