Tuesday, April 3, 2012
A Simple Steak Dinner
My readers may have noticed that I've been posting far fewer home cooking articles, and more about restaurant food. Over the past few months, my "day job" has been going through a few changes- I'm not home as often, so my wife ends up doing most of the day-to-day cooking, plus my job now involves occasional travel and more meetings with clients, vendors, and whatnot- meaning more opportunities to eat out at interesting places... In any case, this was my first opportunity in a while to spend a little time really cooking, so I chose something simple and classic that stands on it's own with little need for adornment...
When you cook a steak right- it really needs very little support. My plan was to cook up my two big top round steaks, and do it right- then simply slice them, and serve them over brown rice and some steamed cauliflower. It's a very simple, plain, idea, but it makes for a very good family meal. The only thing elaborate about it is the seasoning rub on the steak itself.
I served up my steak sitting on a mound of slightly buttered brown rice, along with a few pieces of steamed cauliflower. The steak is juicy an flavorful enough to pull the whole thing together, and the rub has a nice balance of smoky (from the paprika) and a touch of brighter spice kick form the black pepper and mustard. While this worked well enough as a simple plate, A little sauce- while not entirely necessary, could have given the dish a push over the cliff to the next level- I'd suggest making an au jus, or even a small amount of a red wine reduction- just to tie the plate together a little better and make it a little more visually interesting.