10 February 2010

To hell with pizza!!

One of my dearest friends--and "baby brother"--Alde told me he was having steak last night too. After I bragged about getting this lovely strip steak on sale. He also told me about this most yummy marinade that started with coffee as its base. We decided to make it last night and blog our results so that we could compare.

Making the marinade was super simple and had a lovely aroma. I love coffee so of course I had some on hand. I decided to try the plastic bag method for mine--build marinade in a freezer bag and add steak to it, squeeze out as much of the air as possible, seal it up, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I also let it sit on the counter for the requisite half hour to bring the meat close to room temp so that cooking wouldn't shock the meat. There's a joke in there, I'm sure.

Cooking it was very easy as well. The recipe calls for you to grill the steak. I chose to do mine under the broiler. I laid it on the rack and put a sheet pan under it to collect any juices. About 4 minutes per side gave me a nice rare piece of steak. 

Oh...my...GAWD!The meat was juicy and tender and so full of flavor thanks to all the herbs. I tend to eat mine on the rare side and grilling under the broiler enhanced that with that seared flavor to it. I let it rest for as long as it took to cook my side dish and that was plenty long enough for the juices to redistribute through the meat. I sliced lovely thin strips and the meat was almost cut with a spoon tender. I had mine with wilted baby spinach and some herbed potatoes. One of the best meals I've had in a while. And the best part is, slicing it thin, I have enough to enjoy for the rest of the week in sammies or with a salad. 

Thanks, Alde. I finally got to cook one of your recipes. :-) That was fun. Let's do it again.  


Alde said...

Yay! I'm glad you cooked this recipe, and most importantly, you liked it. I agree with you that the marinade had a wonderful aroma.

I couldn't believe how tender the meat turned out. I just used some regular cut steaks and only marinated for about 30 to 45 minutes. I can only imagine what it would be like had it been left overnight.

We'll definitely have to do another joint recipe venture again soon!!!

Maryannwrites said...

Yum! You made my mouth water. I have used coffee to cook brisket, but never tried it for a steak marinade. Will have to give that a go sometime.