Sunday, July 27, 2008
Salty Steak Deliciousness
This morning I was all set for making some out of this world Gruyere Soufflés. Sadly, around noon our power went out. For like four hours. This has happened before, the power flickering in and out, but not usually for so long. Funny enough, last time the power went out at our house we later found out it was because a seagull flew into the power lines. Priceless, eh? I guess that's what you get when you live like three blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Well, you get stupid ass seagulls and a lot of fog. I'll take the seagulls any day. Fog blooooows.
Today I was not in the mood for their little birdy antics so when the power blipped off and didn't immediately come back on I went to the window and peered through the blinds. I was hoping for some serious seagull carnage in the power lines to justify my power shutting off. Okay, I'm really a big softy when it comes to any living creature, (Except people. Most people suck. Screw people.) so I didn't really want to see some feathery fluff ball engulfed in flames. But man, I was really looking forward to those soufflés.
New plan of attack for cooking scrumptiousness: Yummy steaks on the grill.
Though it doesn't happen very often, I do on occasion really enjoy a nice big hunk of red meat. Sadly, because I'm not exactly a frequent beef shopper, I usually end up coming home with something that looks tasty but is tough as shoe leather. This is mainly because I'm not willing to fork out 8+ dollars for a single steak. I know, I'm a cheap ass, but what are you gonna do, right?
While I was surfing the interwebs this morning I ran across this amazing and wonderful website: Steamy Kitchen She describes how to turn lesser cuts of meat into yummy tasty meat-candy. And it totally works. Seriously. It involves liberally (and she means LIBERALLY) salting the meat for up to an hour before grilling. I managed to turn some tough as shoe leather eye-of-round into relatively tender delectable steaks. I even cooked them a little too long and they were still worth putting in my mouth. They were a touch salty, but I like salty so it's all good in the hood. I think next time I'll make a better effort in washing them off, or use kosher salt and see if there's a difference.
After topping it all off with some herbed butter and serving alongside some green beans stir fried with some shallots, it was deeeelicious.
You should totally try it.