Friday, February 25, 2011

Steak, Rosemary Potatoes and Salad

I haven't posted in more than a week - already falling short of my goal to post at least three times per week. There are two reasons for my absence: I have been craving lots of raw foods and salad, so we have resorted to eating more out-of-season foods. I figure raw vegetables is a pregnancy craving I should listen to, but it doesn't make for interesting posts. I also have been reading the Steig Larsson books. Have you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? I got the series as a Christmas present, but just got around to starting it last week. It is hard to put the books down, and it is good that I'm on third (and last) book because it is interfering a bit with the rest of my life.

A couple of weeks ago at the farmers' market, one of the farmers was providing cooking advice to another customer on how to cook steak. His advice turned everything I knew on its head. He suggested first cooking the steak in a cast iron pan in the oven and then searing it. He gave a convincing explanation as to why this would cook the steak more evenly and keep more juices inside. I can't remember the details now.

We had a big thick 2 pound sirloin steak, and I tried cooking it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. When I checked it, it looked gray and hardly cooked it, so I put it in the oven for another 15 minutes. I seared it for 3 minutes on each side, and it looked nicely browned. After letting it rest, we started to slice it and found that it was well done (instead of the medium I was hoping for), but it was still nice and juicy. I would try using this method again, but cooking it only for 15 minutes in the oven. My husband thinks its crazy, but I think I'll give it one more shot and see if I can convince him.

Have you ever tried cooking a steak in the oven first followed by searing? How did it turn out?

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Sharon@Keen Inspirations said...

I've never tried it, but it's sounds like it might be worth a try in the winter when you don't want to go out and fire up the grill! I've stopped by from Creative Girls Blog hop!
HAve a wonderful weekend!

Amy said...

I craved for the most crazy things when I was pregnant! :P Congratulations, by the way.

Very interesting way to cook the steak. It's my first time hearing it so, I've never tried it. I did try the opposit way though. Seared the steak on a cast iron and then put it in the oven until it reached the right temperature. Guess that is an easier way to control the doneness and ensure a flavorful brown crust. :) Can't wait to see your 2nd attempt on this new method...please remember to post and share. ;)


pigpigscorner said...

I always sear my steak first on a cast iron pan then chuck the whole thing inside the oven for a few mins. Cooking in the oven first is new...wonder what it does.

The Lucky Wife said...

Anything with steak is a winner with me, and I love Rosemary, too. :) Found you at EKat's Friday Potluck... I'd like to invite you to come link your most popular recipe at Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday #2: Most Popular Recipes from the Food Blogosphere. Looking forward to seeing what that is!

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