When my husband and I were younger and spent money like we actually had it and didn’t worry about bills and stock options and retirement and all of that stuff that adulting makes us think about, we would go to a nice steak house or buy a nice steak and cook it at home, without thinking about cost. But since we are getting older, we have opted for the occasional (and I truly mean OCCASIONAL) steak night at home.
MEDIUM RARE NEW YORK STRIP STEAK WITH BLUE CHEESE ICEBERG WEDGE SALAD
Speaking of adulting, I actually went to the meat counter to purchase these. It was terrifying. The man looked me up and down and judged my purchase, but I didn’t care. I don’t look like the kind of person who strolls into Bristol Farms to buy two $18.99 a piece New York strip organic, prime steaks, but I had a coupon. He stiffed me on the steaks he gave me, but I got both steaks for $16.52. Add the cost of the salad, and it is WAY cheaper than even a night at Outback Steakhouse.
As I mentioned, these steaks were from Bristol Farms, and if you do not have a Bristol Farms, find a good butcher. This is a Cadillac steak night, not a Corolla steak night. Okay?
I seasoned them with olive oil, rubbed garlic, and a generous amount of salt and pepper. I seasoned the shit out of them. Because, flavor. I am talking tablespoons of salt and pepper. You have to liberally season your steak. You want to make a really nice crust on the outside of the steak. Imagine Gordon Ramsey yelling at you to season this dish properly. If I was a Republican, I would tell you this is the good kind of liberal.
Salt draws out moisture. Basic science. Leave the steaks in the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to cooking them so that the salt can do its thing and make the meat more flavorful and tender. Also, there is no shame in my fridge game, amirite?
We decided to grill our steaks, but if you prefer using a cast iron skillet and want to brush up on your steak searing skills, watch this: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrgEZfMJA9a1hgAFDoPxQt.?p=gordon+ramsey+how+to+cook+steak&fr=yhs-iba-1&fr2=piv-web&hspart=iba&hsimp=yhs-1&type=nbds_6054_CHW_US_tid2mvx1stp#action=view&id=53&vid=c6658d1488633cc68ae06c2fd4c929d3
We grilled the steaks for three minutes on the hottest part of the grill (per side), and five minutes per side on the less hot side of the grill. That way you can get an even crust and a medium rare temperature in the middle.
This iceberg wedge salad is cheap but DELICIOUS. I cut the iceberg wedge in half, and then cut one of the halves in half again (fourths, if you want to be technical). It’s not a huge salad but you leave the wedge in tact and that’s what makes it such a fun salad to eat. If you were at the steakhouse, the waiter may refer to this as a “wedgie” and announce to the entire restaurant we were getting wedgies. Not that that happened to us…
Any good salad needs bacon. Obviously. And the smell of bacon cooking in a pan is one of my favorite smells. Do they make it in a candle? Asking for a friend. I got these blue cheese crumbles from Costco for $5.99. It’s a HUGE container of them and they have a really great blue flavor. If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, you can substitute for goat cheese. If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese, then I am sorry, we can’t be friends.
Pro tip: mix the blue cheese crumbles with the blue cheese dressing so that the blue cheese sticks to the lettuce. Then put more blue cheese crumbles on top, with bacon. Yum.
It feels just like a steakhouse! Kinda.
If you have the opportunity to find this mustard, BUY IT. It’s amazing! We used it as a dip for our steaks. It actually enhanced the flavor of the meat, and obviously tied the flavor of the salad to the steak. We found this in Oak Glen, CA, at Los Rios Rancho store, but you can purchase it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Stonewall-Kitchen-Blue-Cheese-Mustard/dp/B005JS6WWS/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1510943081&sr=8-2&keywords=stonewall+kitchen+blue+cheese+herb+mustard
INGREDIENTS (NEW YORK STEAK)
Two 1 pound New York strip steaks
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove
DIRECTIONS (NEW YORK STEAK)
1. Rub steaks with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper
2. Let sit in fridge uncovered for 30 minutes
3. Pull steaks out of fridge and return to room temperature, 20 minutes
4. Heat grill
5. Sear steaks on hottest part of grill for three minutes per side
6. Move steaks to less hot side of grill and continue cooking with lid down for five minutes per side
7. Remove steaks from grill and let them rest for 15 minutes before slicing
INGREDIENTS (BLUE CHEESE WEDGE SALAD)
One head iceberg lettuce
3 strips bacon
blue cheese (to taste)
2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
DIRECTIONS (WEDGE SALAD)
1. Cut iceberg head in half. Wrap half the head up and return to fridge. Cut the other half into half again
2. Cut bacon into lardons and render over medium heat for 8 minutes
3. Add blue cheese (to taste) to blue cheese dressing and stir
4. Top wedge with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese, and bacon