2.24.2009

Valentine's Steak at the Alexander Home


We had a banner Valentine's Day at the Alexander Household this year. It was a great day for Whit and I just to hang out and spend time with each other. I wanted to prepare a fine meal for my bride on that special day, so I have decided to share with you my Ruth's Chris-style Valentine's Day steak recipe.

First off, you are going to need a large cast-iron skillet. That is most important!

2 thick steaks (We use NY Strips or Filets, and we usually buy our steaks at Mosley's Meat Market here in Mobile, which to me is the best steak at the best price.)
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Garlic Powder
Fresh Ground Pepper
Butter

Turn the broiler on high in your oven and put your skillet in at least 45 minutes before you are ready to cook your steaks. This will get the skillet extremely hot, which is what you are going for.
Wait 15 minutes, take the steaks out of the refrigerator, and set them out to get to room temperature.
Take the steaks and lightly oil each side. This is to help with heat transfer on the surface of the meat, plus it helps the seasoning stick to the steak better.
Season the steaks to your preference, but here is what I do:
I take kosher salt (coarse) and sprinkle enough to lightly coat each side of the steak, then I rub it in with my tongs to make a nice crust. Then, in a small bowl, I take my pepper grinder and grind a lot of pepper really fine, then readjust the grinder and grind some big, coarse pieces out. Then I mix some garlic powder in with the pepper. I rub the steaks with the fine mixture, then sprinkle on some of the big peppercorn pieces and press them in with the tongs. Do this to both sides of the steak. Pressing in some good seasoning helps a lot when getting the nice crispy outside to the steak.




Now, turn on the eye on your stove to high heat, grab an oven mitt, and place the skillet on the eye. This skillet will be very, very hot which is what you are looking for!
Place the steaks on the skillet (It is not necessary to grease the skillet. As a matter of fact it would probably be detrimental to this process.) Sear each side of the steak for 2 minutes. DO NOT move or flip the steak in any way until the 2 minutes are up!!
After the steaks are done searing, then place a little butter on top of them them, then put them under the broiler. We had 9oz NY Strips, cooked them for 5 minutes in the oven, and they came out between medium rare and medium, so just adjust cooking time accordingly!
During the five minutes they are in the oven, put some butter on the plate you will be serving them on. Have two large pieces of foil ready for the last step.
When you get them out of the oven, take them off the skillet, place them on the butter, then make a foil "tent" over the steaks on the plate. Let the juices settle in the meat for about 5 minutes, then add a Sister Schubert dinner roll and Whitney's famous mashed potatoes and you have one great date night meal!





This results in a very happy family...

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