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Eating Dynamite: Cow-a-bunga! A steak that explodes with flavor.

Posted by Henry Santoro  October 10, 2012 09:41 AM
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Eating Dynamite: Cow-a-bunga! A steak that explodes with flavor.

I cook this steak when my wife (not a big meat eater) goes out to dinner with friends. It's a big, manly piece of meat - one that you pay top dollar for at the finest steakhouses. Here's how it's done for a 1.5" thick steak to come out medium-rare:

What you need:

- A well-marbled steak as big as your face (this one is a 28-ounce Kansas City grass-fed cut).
- A cast iron frying pan bigger than your face - the steak must fit comfortably inside.


- An exhaust fan that removes all the smoke this steak creates from your kitchen. Alternatively, you can open all your windows (but this won't work - and the fire department will come), or you can cook the steak in the pan outdoors on a screaming hot charcoal grill.
- Melted butter to coat the steak (save any left-over butter)
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Garlic salt
- Balsamic vinegar—the older the better

As soon as you're ready to cook the steak, set the pan on the highest heat possible, and leave it there for at least 10 - 15 minutes. The hotter it gets the better - just make sure the pan is cast iron, or it could melt.

While the pan is heating, prepare the steak: Melt enough butter to coat both sides of the steak. Coat the steak with the butter and then season both sides liberally with the cracked black pepper (the garlic salt comes later). If you're cooking the steak indoors, turn your exhaust fan on high and carefully place the steak in the pan - and don't touch it for 4 minutes.


After 4 minutes, turn the steak over, and sprinkle the garlic salt on the cooked side. Then cook the other side for 4 minutes. Immediately remove the steak - hot side up - to a plate (and brush with whatever butter is left over) and sprinkle that side with the garlic salt. Let the meat sit for 6-8 minutes. Drizzle with the Balsamic vinegar and serve with your choice of vegetable, starch, and favorite libation.


Sweet dreams - you will sleep very well after this.

(photo of Henry by Sophie Singer-Santoro. Other photos by Henry Santoro)

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