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February 11, 2009
Dressed Up for Your
Date With a Steak
The common, workaday steak leads a fairly straightforward,
simple life. It makes very little effort to disguise its motives. In
fact, it is questionable whether it has a deceitful bone in its body.
Its job is chiefly to
sit. It sits in the butchers case, it sits in your refrigerator, it
sits in heat and finally it sits on a plate as it is slowly pieced apart
and consumed. Through this, even were you to monitor by use of advanced
electronics, you would not hear steak complain for even a second.
There are reasons for
that. Steak knows its purpose and neither questions that nor attempts to
elevate its station to something that it is not. If youve ever watched
a cowboy movie, you know that this kind of laconic, stoic strength is
not passive, either, but the aggressive assertion of all things good and
It is entirely
commendable, even appropriate, to show appreciation for that. The last
thing you should want to do is to take steak for granted. Here is a
suggestion: Dress it up a bit and take it out for a night on the town.
This would start with a
nice long soak in a bath. Before you drop in a capful of bubble soap,
however, consider an alternative of olive oil, cumin, crushed garlic and
salt and pepper. And, probably an actual bath is a bit much. Perhaps
just enough to coat it.
Let it sit like this for
an hour or two.
Meanwhile dice an onion,
some jalapeno pepper and black olives together. Slice thin some white
Heat a skillet over high
heat, heat a smaller skillet to medium heat and preheat your oven to 500
At roughly the same time
although a failure to properly synchronize will not end in
catastrophic, fatal error as it does so often in cooking toss down
steak over the high heat and the pepper mix over the medium.
Let the steak do its
thing sit for about half a minute. Turn it over and again, let it do
its thing sit for another half minute. This will help seal in
juices, and bind the various flavors to the skin.
While this happens, stir
the onion and pepper mixture. You will want your onions semi-soft and
Remove the skillet with
steak from the heat and lay over the top of it a thin layer of white
cheese. Spoon the onions, pepper and olives on top of that.
Place in the oven and
again let steak do its thing for about five minutes. When it comes out,
the cheese should be melted and the inside should be warm enough that it
does not gush blood if touched with something semi-sharp. Finish by
spritzing over the top some fresh lime juice.
Steak is now all dressed
up. Go out and have a grand time. Paint the town red. Or, settle in for
the evening for a quiet dinner.
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