As usual on weekends (I try to keep this tradition alive), here’s our beer snack cooking corner for you. There are many great beer snacks described on our site as well: beer cake, guacamole, carpaccio, kutabs, but when it comes to a good beefsteak, it immediately outweighs all arguments. Not by weight, of course, but by importance, although weight is not the least of it.
Today there will be no recipes for beer snacks with all the ingredients listed precisely. Today I will try to tell you what a real steak should be and how to cook it. The materials for this article are taken from the wonderful cooking blog of Alexei Onegin.
For beginning, recommendations from the well-known Donald Russell chef.
How to cook a flawless steak.
Cooking a flawless steak can be a challenge even for a very skilled cook, as small pieces of meat can cook too quickly and become dry and tough. We recommend using a heavy skillet or grill pan instead of an electric grill, as this will allow you to control the temperature more easily.
TIP: Hind cuts consist of several muscles, each of which is frequently used, making them more dense in texture and juicier than soft filet steaks. They also have a marbled appearance and thus a rich flavor.
These steaks are sliced across the grain and should be 5-6 cm thick, which causes them to take slightly longer to cook than usual. Cook the 2.5 cm thick steaks for the time indicated at the end of this article.
Step 1 – Prepare the steaks.
-Take the steak out of the refrigerator 20 minutes to warm it up to room temperature.
-If the steak has been frozen, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and pat dry.
Step 2 – Heat the pan
-Heat the frying pan over high heat-it should be hot, but not smoking (if the pan is too hot, the steak will burn on the outside before it cooks inside and it will be tough).
-Grease the steaks with vegetable oil (so you don’t use too much) or pour some oil into the pan and season to taste (canola or peanut oil is best, but olive oil will work as well).
-The sizzle you’ll hear after you place the steaks in the pan will let you know if it’s at the right temperature.
Step 3 – Cook to taste.
-For medium-rare steak: grill steaks in a pan so that they do not touch, 3-4 minutes, then reduce flame to medium, and grill another 2-3 minutes.
-Gently rotate the steak with tongs (don’t damage it so its juices don’t run out), and grill for another 6 minutes. You can vary the preparation time if you prefer your steak rare or rare and well done.
-To check if the steak is cooked through, gently press the steak with the tip of your finger. A rare steak should be soft and pliable, a well-cooked steak should be firm, and a medium rare steak should be in between, as it should be.
Step 4 – let the steaks rest.
-Leaving the meat to rest for a while is just as important as properly cooking it, as it is the only way the entire piece will become warm, moist and tender.
-Remove the steaks from the pan, place them on a rack, cover with foil and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes. Remember, let the steak rest longer than necessary rather than less, this will allow it to get the most flavor and softness.
Step 5 – Serve the steaks.
-Steaks require sharp, serrated knives to cut the meat evenly.
-Serve the steaks on hot plates and enjoy.
Cooking times for steaks.
The time shown is an approximate value for a 2.5 cm thick steak. Steaks that are thicker require a longer cooking time, and vice versa.
-Rare – 1-2 minutes on each side, let rest 6-8 minutes
-Medium rare – 2-2.5 minutes per side, let rest 5 minutes
-Medium – 3 minutes on each side, let rest 4 minutes
-Well Done -4.5 minutes on each side, let rest 1 minute
The most important thing in preparing steak, of course, after selecting quality meat, is to accurately determine the degree of roast. An experienced chef can determine the degree of readiness without it, by touch.
Yes, I almost forgot about the beer. To the steak is recommended ales, dark beers stronger, but if you like wheat beer or a simple lager, we will not pick on you. After all, the main thing is to enjoy your meal!