Steak is one of those culinary staples that you can find at most any restaurant or backyard grilling event. So, short of going to your local steakhouse where they specialize in such things, how do you take something so traditional and really make it unique? The key is in the flavors that you add to the meat. When you're looking at a thick-cut, well-marbled steak and searching for inspiration, here are a couple of things you could do with it to really set your plate apart.
When you want to serve a steak dinner that's unique and sure to wow your guests, a coffee-rubbed steak is a great way to go. Opt for a rich roast like a deep Colombian blend or a French roast. A tablespoon or two of coffee grounds is usually enough. Combine it with flavors like garlic powder, onion powder, cracked peppercorns and sea salt for a flavorful rub. A few teaspoons of each will round it out nicely. Encrust the whole steak, then sear it on both sides in a hot pan. Then, you can finish it however you prefer, whether in the oven or even on a grill pan.
Compound butter is one of those restaurant tricks that adds a whole lot of flavor and richness. To create a compound butter for steak, choose some of your favorite steak-pairing flavors, like horseradish, garlic or thyme. Soften some butter, then put it in the food processor with whatever flavor you want to incorporate. You can add fresh or dried herbs, garlic cloves or even a teaspoon of horseradish. Scoop it onto plastic wrap, roll it up and put it in the fridge overnight. Then, when your steak is almost finished cooking, slice a round of the butter and put it on top, in the pan. That allows the butter to form somewhat of a pan sauce with the drippings of the steak. Pour the melted butter sauce over the top of the steak on the plate.
These are two of the options available to you when you're looking to make a steak that is full of flavor and sure to wow your guests. If you have trouble cooking steak, such as issues with reaching the desired temperature or cooking on too high of heat, talk with your local steak restaurant or Bullwinkles Top Hat Bistro about taking your guests there for a unique steakhouse experience instead. Whichever way you decide to go, the meal is sure to be a treat.