Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Before we start, check out this unbelievably cool t-shirt that John K. gave me! Have you seen the store on his site lately? What a guy! He re-thought the whole way that internet stores are done, then he stacked the store with images that are so beautiful that you never want to leave it. Half the shirts are on sale, too!

John's site: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/

But enough about that...we have serious work to do.

This post is about this l'il baby...the magisterial emperor of steak...THE RIB-EYE! Those little white streaks are what makes the cut so famous. They're little veins of fat that melt into the steak while it's cooking and give it that over-the-top flavor.

Rib-eyes are kind of expensive, so when they're on sale I get three and put the other two in the freezer. Of course it takes a day for frozen steaks to thaw in the refrigerator, and they only taste good if they're  cooked when when they're at room temperature, inside and out.

Prepare everything you'll need before you start cooking. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and put your empty iron (not teflon) frying pan in so it gets nice and hot. Chop up the onions and mushrooms (don't cut the mushrooms too small), and make the dinner salad. Have the vinaigrette (1/2 balsamic vinegar and 1/2 extra virgin olive oil) handy for the salad, but don't put it on yet.

You won't need olive oil for cooking the steak. Peanut oil , saffron, or canola are better for that because they resist scorching. Prepare the raw steak by basting it with a little (not too much) bit of oil and "Bull's Eye Original Barbecue Sauce" on both sides.  These will seep into the cracks and aid the cooking. Put kosher salt and ground pepper all over it so that when you cook it a thin crust will form which will keep the juices in.

Now it's time to cook. When the oven's reached 500 degrees take the hot iron pan out and put it on top of the stove on medium heat. Put some heat resistant oil in the pan and drop in the precious steak. Let it  cook 30 seconds on each side. Turn it over with tongs. You don't want to pierce the meat with anything, not even a fork.

Now whisk the iron pan and steak into the hot oven. Let the steak cook 2 minutes on either side. Use tongs to turn it. Don't poke it. Trust that everything is okay.

Just trust.

Especially don't attempt to test it by cutting into it. Trust the wisdom of the thousands of cooks who  preceded you.

  Now you can remove the pan from the oven. Put it on top of the stove on medium heat,  remove the meat with tongs, and let it finish cooking on your dinner plate, maybe under a canopy of aluminum foil. Don't poke it or cut it!

Now's the time to cook the mushrooms and onions.  Put some olive oil and lots of butter into the empty steak pan. Mix them with the steak juice that's already there. Now pour in the mushrooms and onions (and green pepper, if you prefer). Add a little soy sauce and brown sugar. Be sure not to overcook the mushrooms. It should be done just about the time the steak finishes self-cooking on the dinner plate.

So that's it. Combine the steak and mushrooms on the plate and you're good to go. If you've followed directions, you should be facing an exquisitely juicy, medium-rare steak. And...Oh my Gosh, I forgot the dinner salad! Now's the time to vigorously shake or stir the pre-made vinaigrette, and pour it over the lettuce and tomato slices.

What to drink? A cabernet, definitely. Or how about that new Belgian beer that Trader Joe is selling? It's their own brand, and it's pretty good.

BTW: I watched several videos, read several articles, mooched steaks at John's house, and did a number of experiments on my own before settling on the advice in this video as the backbone of my steak regimen. Here's a link to what I consider the most helpful video. The guy who made it looks a lot like Bruce Timm. You don't suppose Bruce.....? Naaaaaaaw!



Steven M. said...

I should try rib-eyes some time. Unfortuneatly I eat spiral ham on Christmas.

Stephen Worth said...

You shouldn't put BBQ sauce on any meat until it's cooked most of the way already!

Paul Penna said...

Whatever you do, don't use A-1 Steak Sauce, unless you want your steak to taste like A-1 Steak Sauce.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fantastically yummy recipe. I hope you have some advice on how to set up a proper Christmas tree if you're so good at cooking.

Jennifer said...

Mmmmmm.....that steak dinner sounds so scrummy. I'd like it even better without the BBQ sauce. I have to buy a cast iron pan just to make your steak recipe....

Jennifer said...

Forgot to add - the guy in the video is cooking host Alton Brown.

Anonymous said...

Eddie has great eyebrows.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Steve, Jennifer: The steak sauce is there to help create a thin crust that'll seal the juices in, not primarily to add flavor. That's why I use only a very small amount. You should scarcely be able to taste it (or not taste it at all) when the steak is cooked. Oh, and thanks, Jennifer, for IDing the guy in the video.

Anon: Haw! Thanks for the compliment. I have gray hairs in my eyebrows now. I tried cutting them but the cure is worse than the disease. When the brows are cut they get thick and jet black which makes me look like a marionette.

Jorge: I haven't forgotten to look at those links you sent a few days ago!

Taber said...

I think I like it best when you talk about food Eddie. Always makes me hungry!

Ian Merch! said...

I had bookmark this specific post to try out at a later date, and it did not disappoint. Ribeyes were on sale at our local butcher, so we grabbed a couple. The only variation I did on your recipe is I threw a slug of wine in with the mushrooms and onions. It's great. My girlfriend can't even believe how good it is.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Ian: Wow! That's great! The wine sounds like a good addition. I'll try that next time!

Paul: Thanks for the tip. I'll stay away from A-1!

Steak Enthusiast said...

Uncle Eddie, you are amazing! I loved this so much I shared it with my readers. You're the best!