Thursday, January 14, 2010

A girl cannot live on soup alone.*

I had this friend in high school who insisted that women needed to eat red meat during....a certain time of the month...because we lose so much iron. I'm not sure this has ever been scientifically proven, or even studied, but it was one of those conversations you just don't forget.

I will say that there are definitely times where the thought of something all meaty and bloody just makes my heart sing. And I'm not talking about my sociopathic tendencies. Although those I try to suppress more than my desire for steak. (because for some reason talking about the many ways you can dismember a body is socially unacceptable)

I do think my desire for a nice piece of steak stems from the amount of white meat we consume in Thathouse - chicken, turkey, and of course don't forget pork! Sometimes my body just rebels. Cholesterol? Fat? Yes please!

And while I am a purist who is happy with just some salt and pepper on a nice cut of meat, Thatboy grew up in a steak sauce household. Although, I have to say, I would much rather keep steak sauce in the house than have him use the alternative of ketchup...which he is equally happy with. (This is where I should mention that I don't take Thatboy in public often - at least not to nice steak houses, because really between the waiter and I there would be so much eyerolling people would probably think we were having seizures en masse.)

But as my faithful readers know, I will often make dishes that cater to Thatboy's tastes (as long as it's not fish or asparagus). And new readers (Hi new readers!), you will quickly learn that I will often make dishes that cater to Thatboy's tastes (as long as it's not fish or asparagus).

Steak Sauce Steak
1 lb sirloin steak
1/2 cup your favorite steak sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

  1. Combine sirloin, 1/4 cup steak sauce, worcestershire sauce, ground pepper, salt, and crushed red pepper in a ziplock baggie and shake it up to coat.
  2. Refrigerate steak for 30 minutes. Remove steak from refrigerator and bag and let come to room temperature.
  3. While steak is coming to room temperature, heat your grill pan over a medium high heat. Grill the steak for 7 minute, then baste with the remaining steak sauce and flip. Cook until the steak's inside is just the right color and temperature for you! (we do 7 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the steak for a nice rare/medium rare)

*Shamelessly stolen from my friend M and reworded.


  1. Oy steak sauce. My youngest brother is obsessed with it and it is a mystery in my family since my mom never even kept it. And yes going out to a restaurant with him is mortifying. :)

    I like them bloody red rare with salt and pepper myself.

  2. You have learned that valuable way to your man's heart.....
    That should satisfy your steak craving though!!!

  3. ack! i'm not a steak sauce kinda girl either. give me a good cut of meat with simple seasonings, cook it to a perfect "medium," and i'm one happy camper.

  4. Ditto wan. Although, I will say this looks mighty tasty.