Date Night Steak

I rarely order steaks when I go out anymore because I have learned how to make such tasty ones at home.  This feels like a really fancy meal but it is easy and affordable, perfect for a date night.  It requires some attention, with timers and flipping the steak over but it isn’t hard and the results are amazing.  The great thing about this method of cooking steaks is that it makes any cut of meat taste great.  If there is a sale on meat this is, of course, best with a ribeye, strip, or filet. It is also absolutely delicious with a top sirloin or london broil if you are looking for an even more affordable meal.  New York Strip steak was on sale this week for $5/lb so I bought a 14 oz. steak for $4.38, one russet potato for 46 cents and 1 head of broccoli for 88 cents, so this entire meal with sides for 2 people only cost $5.72!  I’ll post the recipes for potatoes & broccoli separately.

Steak (Ribeye, Strip, Filet, Top Sirloin, or London Broil)
Olive Oil
Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Set the steak on a plate about 30 minutes before you plan to cook and allow it to come to room temperature.

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees with a heavy bottom skillet inside. Make sure your oven is fairly clean or you will get a lot of smoke from remnants in the oven.

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While it is preheating, pat the steak dry with a paper towel.

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Rub a very small amount of olive oil all over the steak, then sprinkle salt, pepper, and seasoned salt on both sides of the steak.

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Turn a burner on your stove to high and pull the skillet out of the oven and place on the burner.  Get your timer, tongs, and potholder ready, the next 8 minutes will require your attention.  Sear the steak for  30 seconds on each side then place the skillet and steak in the oven.

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If the steak is about 1 inch thick, cook 3 minutes then flip the steak with tongs and cook 3 minutes on the other side for medium.  If it is thicker or you prefer a more medium well steak, cook another minute on each side.  I find that ribeyes typically need a little more time but the other cuts are almost always perfect at 3 minutes per side.  Pull the steak out and set on a plate to rest for 10 minutes or so, then serve.

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And there it is, a drool worthy steak that my pup begs for the entire time I am eating.  Serve this steak and you are sure to impress your dinner guest.

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