Photo Credit: Geoff Peters
My guys all enjoy a good steak. So do I. Taking all of us out for a steak dinner can get expensive, though. One option is to buy nice steaks at the grocery store for special occasions.
The catch is, of course, that you have to cook the steaks at home, and no one wants to ruin a good steak meal. In my opinion, a good steak gets ruined by over cooking. For me, the key is to have everything else ready before I start cooking the steaks so I can give them my full attention.
For my birthday last week I bought rib eye steaks. I enjoy cooking, but do like breaks now an then, and since it was my birthday, I took an easy route with the rest of the dinner. I bought potato salad and made a simple fresh garden salad. I put the salad together earlier in the day, and at dinner time it only took about 15 minutes to cook the steaks.
The process of cooking the steaks is basically the same as what I described in my how to cook filet mignon post. You want to quickly brown both sides of the meat in a hot skillet and then bake it, either in the oven or on a grill until done.
Here’s how I did my birthday steaks. I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures. The one below was the only steak left (and not a very attractive one) and I took the picture the next day. The picture at the top of the page is not mine.
Rare 120° – 130° F
Medium Rare 130° – 135° F
Medium 135° – 145° F
Medium Well 145° – 155° F
Well Done 155° +