How To Cook Steak

Pepper Steak Recipe

After talking about how I learned to cook the perfect steak in my recent blog post, 10 Tips For Reclaiming The Kitchen, I knew I had to share my recipe with you in this month’s post for Wolf. This is one of our favorite dinner recipes and it is easy to make. I used a few of my tips when preparing this meal. First, I checked my cupboards to see what ingredients I would need and found that we were out of potatoes. Next, I made a shopping list on my cell phone and deleted the grocery items as they went into my cart. Finally, my kids helped me prepare the baked potatoes and salad for the meal.

How To Cook Steak | thegunnysack.comNew York Strip Steak

For the best results, allow the steaks to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Heat a skillet (cast iron or other heavy bottom skillet) over high heat (I set my burners at 7) until it is very hot and starts to smoke. While the skillet is heating, drizzle olive oil on the steaks on sprinkle them with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Gently rub the seasonings into the steaks. Kids might like to help with this step. Do this for both sides of the steaks.

Cast Iron Skillet Steak

Drizzle a two tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and carefully add the steaks. Gently press on the steaks with tongs to make sure the bottom is in full contact with the pan.

Easy Steak Recipe

Use the tongs to flip the steaks over every minute. You can also stand the steaks on end to cook the fat.

Strip Steak Recipe

For some added flavor, brush the steaks with garlic butter before flipping them over for the final cooking.

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The length of time you cook the steaks depends on how thick the steaks are and how you want them cooked. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature. For medium rare, the temperature should be 130 degrees, 140 for medium and 160 for well done. I cooked my steaks for 6-7 minutes. Brush the tops with butter and sprinkle with herbs such as oregano, thyme or rosemary, before removing from the pan. I made four steaks for my family, but since my pan wasn’t big enough for all four steaks, I cooked them two at a time. Allow the steaks to rest for 4-7 minutes before serving. When done cooking, you can pour the pan drippings over the steaks on the platter for extra flavor.

Baked Potatoes

Many of you agree, that one of the most important steps to reclaiming the kitchen is getting the whole family involved. While I was seasoning the steaks and allowing the pan to heat, my kids helped prepare the baked potatoes and salad. Zack scrubbed the baked potatoes and poked them all over with a fork. Then, we put them in a microwave safe casserole dish with about 1/4 inch of water. I covered the dish and cooked them on high for 10-15 minutes, until tender, while the steaks were cooking in the pan.

Raspberry Salad Recipe

Vanessa mixed up a Raspberry Parmesan Salad. It is a simple mixture of baby spring mix lettuce, raspberries and black olives. We topped the salad with fresh parmesan and raspberry vinaigrette.

Easy Steak Dinner

 Serve the steaks with loaded baked potatoes and salad. The meal was so delicious and easy enough to make on a weeknight.

10 Ways Kids Can Help In The Kitchen:

  1. Let kids wash and scrub fruits and vegetables. For younger children, put a sturdy chair up next to the sink, so that they can reach.
  2. Kids love cutting veggies and fruit. Little kids can use plastic knives. Teach older kids the proper way to use, hold and handle knives.
  3. If there aren’t vegetables to cut, kids can tear lettuce for a salad.
  4. You can sneak in a little math by allowing kids to measure ingredients.
  5. Kids that are too young to measure ingredients, can add them to the bowl.
  6. Kids of all ages love mixing batter or dough. Let them mix the salad, whisk the eggs or shake the salad dressing.
  7. They also love to stir the pot. This activity needs careful supervision, but it will make them feel very proud to be helping cook. Explain how they need to be careful and that it is very hot. Put a study chair next to the stovetop and show them how to stir. Then, allow them to try while you watch.
  8. Give kids the task of setting the table. If this feels like a chore to your kids, tell them that they get to choose the dishes and the seating arrangement. Allow them to add pretty napkins, a tablecloth or flowers in a vase.
  9. My daughter used to love to make place cards for each family member. She would cut rectangles of white paper, decorate the cards and add our names.
  10. Finally, younger kids love washing the dishes. Fill a sink with warm soapy water, place a sturdy chair next to the sink and give them a few plastic dishes to wash. This will keep them entertained and in the kitchen with the rest of the family. Any spills they make are easy to wipe up.

How To Cook Steak
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 steaks
Ingredients
  • 4 New York Strip Steaks (thicker is better)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons butter mixed with 1 clove minced garlic, herbs such as oregano, thyme or rosemary
Instructions
  1. For the best results, allow the steaks to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Heat a skillet (cast iron or other heavy bottom skillet) over high heat (I set my burners at 7) until it is very hot and starts to smoke.
  2. While waiting, drizzle olive oil on the steaks on sprinkle them with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Gently rub the seasonings into the steaks. Do this for both sides of the steaks.
  3. When the pan is ready, pour two tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and carefully add the steaks. Gently press on the steaks with tongs to make sure the bottom is in full contact with the pan.
  4. Cook for 5-7 minutes, turning every minute. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature. For medium rare the temperature should be 130 degrees, 140 for medium and 160 for well done. (I made four steaks for my family, but since my pan wasn’t big enough for all four steaks, I cooked them two at a time.)
  5. Allow the steaks to rest for 4-7 minutes before serving.
  6. Optional: For some added flavor, brush the steaks with garlic butter before flipping them over for the final cooking. Finish steaks with additional garlic butter and a sprinkle of herbs. When done cooking, you can pour the pan drippings over the steaks on the platter.

 

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Now, it’s your turn. I would love to hear some of your easy recipes and how your kids help in the kitchen!

Please leave a comment below and check out this great video from Wolf.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is nice. Kids can help in the kitchen. My kids are always playing in the backyard. Your tip is very helpful. Thank you. I’m sure they will help me with this especially we will cook steak, they love steak. I will save your recipe and the 10 ways kids can help in the kitchen.

  2. says

    I just forwarded this post to my husband! We have been talking about how we need to learn how to properly cook a steak because we are craving them but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to eat them out. Done and done. Thanks Tonia! Pinned for sure!

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