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.
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.
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:)