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Random Recipe! Biff Stehk!
Don't have a grill handy? Fret not!

This is the bestest way to cook a steak. Seriously. NUM!

Place 10 to 12-inch cast iron skillet in oven and heat oven to 500 degrees. Bring steak(s) to room temperature.

When oven reaches temperature, remove pan and place on range over high heat. Coat steak lightly with oil and season both sides with a generous pinch of salt. Grind on black pepper to taste.

Immediately place steak in the middle of hot, dry pan. Cook 30 seconds without moving. Turn with tongs and cook another 30 seconds, then put the pan straight into the oven for 2 minutes. Flip steak and cook for another 2 minutes. (This time is for medium rare steaks. If you prefer medium, add a minute to both of the oven turns.)

Remove steak from pan, cover loosely with foil, and rest for 2 minutes. Serve whole or slice thin and fan onto plate.

I used smaller steaks, which I'd had marinating in a mixture of (oh, heck-- what did I marinate 'em in?) worcestershire sauce, szechuan hot sauce, soy sauce, italian dressing, maple syrup, herbs and spices... (g-d knows what else; I get a little crazy on teh marinade). I lightly basted them with a paintbrush each turn. And I didn't do the foil part.

They came out simply perfect.

Do be careful, though-- the pan becomes VERY hot. Make sure you have adequate ventilation, as well-- I had to keep the range fan on and the door to the house open! S'all worth it though... all very worth it.

Tonight, we do the breaded chicken thing. NUMMY!

BTW, I'm seriously digging this song. It's extraordinarily proppy.

I'm feeling all kinds of: recipe girl!
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sickboy From: sickboy Date: June 2nd, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (permalink)
oh thank you for this!
I'm dying to buy our house so we can barbecue but until then this will certainly help. Otherwise I refused to cook steak that wasn't on the bbq

gefiltebitch From: gefiltebitch Date: June 2nd, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that sounds great!
jamaicanjungle From: jamaicanjungle Date: June 2nd, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That sounds very tasty. I will deffinetely try that the next time I cook steak.
kvance From: kvance Date: June 2nd, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC) (permalink)

This is from Alton Brown, right? I've been singing the praises of cast iron since I got a 10" skillet this winter!
bandicoot From: bandicoot Date: June 3rd, 2005 04:55 am (UTC) (permalink)
Due to some unfortunate early cooking experiences, I can't bring myself to cook a steak in a skillet. I stick to doing a filet on an old hibachi.

Besides, I'm afraid cooking a steak in my skillet would ruin the taste of the pancakes I usually use it for ;)
From: ex_mrfreeze638 Date: June 3rd, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Iron skillets ARE the way to go, for sure!..The warm-up time is crucial and a good skillet holds suficient enuff heat to cook like a Pro,... My Ex Mother-in-Law swore by them and after I got one myself I realized why....
One thing, Have one skillet JUST for meats and one for everything else, and never, NEVER clean them with soap!
Betty Freakin' Crocker I aint, BUT I know how to cook a good steak in a pan,.. ;)
woodowl From: woodowl Date: June 3rd, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That's actually pretty close to how I cook them on the grill. This is for a T-bone about 1/2" thick. I heat the grill on high (I have a gas grill), and, while that's heating, I put a small amount of garlic salt and worcestershire sauce on the steak (room temp), pierce it several times with a fork, and rub in the spices. After I've done this to the steaks the grill is usually ready (about 5 to 8 minutes). You want it hot enough to sear the outside and seal in the juices. I cook them about 3 minutes on each side, then lower the grill temp to low and cook them another 5 minutes. Good eatin'!
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