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Steak Night at the Vegetarian’s House

by Emma on September 26, 2010

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Yes, I made steaks. Maybe you are new to this blog so I should back up a little, I have been a vegetarian since 2006. I have only enjoyed cooking for the last year or so.

Math is hard so I'll just tell you-there's no overlap there.

But this weekend I found out that I had the great opportunity to advance in a food blogging contest, and the next challenge was to create a classic dish from another culture. And of course making a Thai dish came to my mind, because I LOVE Thai cuisine! Or I thought I might do something from South America, because that's where my mother is from originally. But then I thought about what a "culture" is and how it is defined in our modern age. There are all sorts of groups that can define an individual that are not necessarily a nationality. So then I thought maybe I should do the most challenging other-culture-cuisine I could think of: meat.

I headed to a local health food store in search of locally raised, ethically treated steaks. I dug through the frozen steaks they had, which felt weird like the twilight zone. I looked for marbling in the meat, which I learned about from a meat cooking expert. I did not freak out about THE BLOOD THAT SEEPED FROM WITHIN during the defrosting process.

Actually I did. I said to my dad, "Is it suppose to have that much blood? Maybe it's gone bad."

He just laughed. In a supportive way. And then he showed me how to use the grill. Again, I was out of my element for sure.

1. The blood is normal. Don't wig out like a baby. I didn't….um….

2. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper all over those previously living pieces of meat.

3. Get your dad to show you how to use his grill, since I don't own one.

4. Once that grill is nice and hot, turn the heat down a bit and put your steaks on there. After 6-8 minutes (I was shooting for fairly well done as that's how my family likes it) flip the steaks and cook some more.

Very technical. Ok, not really. It was my first time guys. I barely remembered to take pictures, I needed some serious help, I felt proud, I fainted, and then when I woke up they were done.

Ok, I didn't really faint:) But I was SO out of my element, really from start to finish I acted like a total newbie.

But I did it. And that felt a little good.

And even though I felt like I conquered the meat culture's classic: steak. I still decided to try my hand at a South American sauce to go with my meaty success.

I put together a super flavorful Chimichurri Sauce. (Click on the link to get the recipe I used.)I had heard tell of the tale of chimichurri sauce, so I had been wanting to make it for awhile, but I had heard it paired best with steak or chicken. I never would have imagined that I would have the chance to try it that way. Life's full of surprises.

I will be making this sauce again for pasta or as a sandwich spread! Try it, you'll love it. The legend is true.

Or if you are part of the culture that says, "Beef, it's what's for dinner." then you can use this sauce on your steak. I did. And it was SO delicious, said the vegetarian.

Thanks for reading. Have you made any challenging-for-you dishes over the weekend?

xo. Emma

P.S. If you enjoyed this post then feel free to vote for me here. No obligation, but it's much appreciated. And if you have a minute then be sure to check out some of the other contest entries-everyone is cooking up some impressive dishes over at Foodbuzz:)


Rachel September 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

It looks so yummy!

Jessica September 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thats made me so hungry. I love eating meat but Im terrible at cooking it, I never know how long to put it in the oven for or how to grill it.

Andie September 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm


Andrea B. September 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

What’s your favorite Thai place in Springfield. So far, I’ve only tried Thai Peppers.

emma September 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Andrea B.-Thai Peppers is my favorite. But for a quick lunch I also like Thai Express;)

Bekka September 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Way to go. The most challenging thing I made this weekend was a grilled cheese sandwich. It was a lazy weekend. :)

Becca September 27, 2010 at 7:12 am

Good for you, Emma.
I like how you went for the toughest-for-Emma thing you could imagine…and rocked it, I’m sure!

DaddyDonnie September 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

It was a BLAST cooking with you!!!!! And it kind of BLEW MY MIND when you wanted to do steaks ………………………. Oh, but it was SO GOOD ………………………………

Liz September 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

How did your vegetarian tummy fare with the beef? I love the photo in your header! Rosie the Vegetarian riveter!

Kindra September 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

I’m so impressed you tackled a dish that you normally don’t even EAT! A friend made me chimichurri with steak once and it was in-freaking-credible. I can see now why they use that condiment as readily as we use ketchup ;)
Oh and just to make you a little less grossed out by the meat you cooked, that red liquid that comes out of the meat actually isn’t blood! Blood darkens and congeals when it isn’t warm so there actually isn’t any blood left in meat. That liquid is just red pigment in the meat that mixes with water in the meat. Sooooo….not really that gross at all!

emma September 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

Kindra-you are such a sweetheart for telling me this. I needed you in my kitchen this weekend:) Thanks for the info!

Gina Ruiz September 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

Wow talk about daring! Beautiful photos. You have my vote. Good luck in the competition.

Jenni September 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

Wow! Huge points for grilling a steak as a vegetarian. Talk about jumping in with both feet–well done (just like the steak)! You certainly have one of my votes:)

Sharon (umommy) September 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

talk about going out of your comfort zone. good for you! you got my vote!

Lane aka DinnnerandConversation September 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love chimichurri. Great work!

Joy September 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You have my vote

Russell at Chasing Delicious September 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I love the direction you took with this challenge. Very unique. And as a non-vegetarian, I must say it looks scrumptious. Youve got my vote. Good luck!

Margaret Murphy Tripp September 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I love it! Very creative post and the steak looked delicious! You got my vote. Glad to find your blog. I’m not a vegetarian, I just eat like one sometimes :-)

Sweet Swallows September 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Whoa. Crazy. I realized that the most uncomfortable I could make myself would be cooking meat of some kind, but I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase it, let alone cook it.
But wait a minute, you didn’t actually EAT the steak, did you???? After 4 years, you’d probably have the worst stomachache of your life!

Joanne September 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Whoa you really went out of your comfort zone for this! Awesome job! The meat looks perfectly cooked and I love a good chimichurri. You’ve got my post!
If you want to check out my post I would really appreciate it!

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz September 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Wow, you really win the award for breaking outside your comfort zone. Impressed. Voted for you and hope you vote for me :-D

Jacob's Kitchen September 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Great post! Looks delicious. Stunning pics! I voted for you!
Good luck! =)
You can check out my PFB post at :

The Duo Dishes September 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Love the green color of that sauce. So appetizing.

jen cheung September 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

this looks delicious :) Good luck with project food and you got my vote for this one! Feel free to drop by :) Good luck and best wishes for making to the top !! WOOHOO
jen @

Sarah September 28, 2010 at 2:21 am

Nice one. This deserves a vote for sure!

Casey Angelova September 28, 2010 at 5:26 am

What an interesting twist on the challenge. I could never commit to vegetarian! Good luck with round 2.

riceandwheat September 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Ok, a vegetarian cooking steak is probably the most challenging thing I’ve seen on this round of PFB – bravo to you! And you ate it too! Most of us just cooked stuff we’ve eaten before but not cooked… you took it to a whole different level. Voting for you now – good luck!

Lindsey@FreshAirFreshFood September 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

So did you actually eat the steak? :-) Love the story! You have my vote!

shawni marie September 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Oh Emma, that looks SO stinking yummy! I want steak right now!! <3
I am voting for you, p.s.

Lisa September 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I love this. A vegetarian cooking a steak. I wish I could give you 200 votes.

@lickmyspoon September 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

You’ve got a vote of ours for sure! Speaking of going out of your comfort zone, did you get sick at all after eating a steak? Some of my veggie friends get sick after eating any meat, so this sounds like a recipe for delicious, delicious disaster. Best of luck advancing!
Lick My Spoon

Speakeasy Kitchen September 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Awfully open-minded and courageous of you. Good luck in the competition. You’ve got my vote!

emily (a nutritionist eats) September 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

You’ve got my vote! The sauce sounds so flavorful and I love that as a Vegetarian you chose to prepare meat!

Lauren September 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

Awesome idea! As a vegetarian, I can totally sympathize… meat it so foreign to me and the only thing that truly scares me to cook. You have my vote!

Heena @ Tiffin Tales September 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I was a vegetarian for 7 years (not any more) and I still remember my first carnivore shopping trip. Question: Did you eat the steak you risked fainting for? :) My vote’s in – good luck!

Jim September 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I didn’t think I’d be voting for a vegetarian, but I am. Keep a little meat in your rotation. Try a bit of bacon in your steamed vegetables. Good luck!

Marianne September 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I’m voting for you because I think you went WAY out of your comfort level, and that was the spirit.
: )

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

You have a vote from me! Very brave.
My own entry is the Indian dessert Gulab Jamun, soaked in rosewater, cardamom, and saffron syrup and lots of sweet memories.

kellypea September 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

You’ve got my vote. Loved this piece, but we’re steak eaters who love chimihurri, it’s a no brainer. I could eat that with a spoon and forget the steak I love it so much. Good luck to you!

Dan September 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

love a good chimichurri sauce!

Dana September 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Wow!! Good for you… not only did you challenge yourself with a new cuisine, but with a new protein! Fantastic post… good luck!!

Ben September 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

It looks a little over, doesn’t it?

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wizzy September 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Very original idea. I’m curious did you actually eat it?

Kat October 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Love the idea of meat being cooked at a vegetarian’s house! You definitely get bonus points for doing this. Good luck on the next challenge!

Micaela October 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm

There are a lot of different cultures in South America as it envolves 13 different countries
Are these dishes from Argentina?
Bife con chimichurri?

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Laura October 2, 2011 at 2:42 am

Hello! I’m from Argentina and chimichurri recipe (originally from here) is this:
water 1 / 2 liter
1 spoon coarse salt
1 spoon dried oregano
1 spoon dried thyme
1 spoon ground pepper
1 bay leaf
garlic head, peeled

I love your blog and your recipes! I am studying master kitchen and cooking since I was 8 years.
Sorry for my English!