Dude Food tuesday: I am a serial griller
I’ll admit immediately that I am a fan of grilling. No, not the kind of grilling the cops sometimes do. Although a lot of people call me a serial griller. That’s because of my passion for grilling things. I just admire that proces of caramelization of meat or vegetables. And those beautiful black strips that the grill brings, just make my heart beat a little faster. And don’t start on me with a grilled matrix pattern, mighty goodness, that’s close to perfection an a dish.
I am seduced by those grillstripes because it’s close to a commercial for that roasted smokey flavor that grilling brings to your products. DEE-LI-CI-OSOOOO!! I could almost write a song about it as an hommage to the grill: “I.. like cowbutts and I cannot lie. The grillingstripe I can’t deny… etc.” sung in the way that only sir mixalot can do.
Let me get one thing straight, you make the best steak on the BBQ or grilling pan. And making a perfect steak is a staple for every Dude in the Kitchen. It’s like what Black Sabbath is to hard rock music; an incredible strong basis which inspires and brings forth the most beautiful things. After some practice I must confess that I can now produce a steak which is so fingerlicking good, some call it a crime. Hence my nickname serial griller.
There are some fundamentals and small tricks to grill your own steak to perfection and I think that every Dude should know them. So now for those not already ‘in the know’ a simple dish with grilled steak and vegetables. Inmiddels kan ik na wat oefenen een crimineel lekkere biefstuk bakken. Ja, het stukje koe dat uit mijn grillpan komt is zo misdadig lekker, dat ik ook wel de serial griller wordt genoemd. And it’s essential that you hum or sing the Sir Mixalot song when you cook this steak: “I like beefbutt and I cannot lie.”
- 250 gr Steak 2 pieces, about 2,5 cm thick
- 1 Eggplant cut lengthwise in thin slices
- 1 Zucchini cut lengthwise in thin slices
- 1 Red Bell Pepper cut lengthwise in thin slices
- 1 yellow Bell Pepper cut lengthwise in thin slices
- 2 big carrots cut lengthwise in thin slices
- Salt n Peppa
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic finely sliced
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 tsp thyme leaves chopped
- 1 tsp coriander powder cilantro
- 1 tbsp good and coarse mustard
- ½ bottle sweet beer sour cherry
- ½ lime (only the juice)
# 1: Never throw your steak directly from the fridge into your pan. Give that cold meat a good rest outside the fridge (at least 30 minutes), to bring it to room temperature.
This is essential for a juicy steak packed with flavour.
# 2: Although it may look like quite an ivestment, do buy a good, cast iron grillpan. Even better: when you can afford it, throw in a couple of coins and buy a Creuset grillpan or something the same quality. I have become quite attached to my Creuset pan and it looks very manly to handle a pan of about 4 kilo.
# 3: . Ofcourse you have to turn the meat in your grillpan. Use thongs and not a fork to turn the meat. A fork punctures those little holes in you meat and gives an escape to all that juicy flavors. Using a fork with your meat is like saying: "Bye, bye, soft and moist steak; hello, dry and tasteless meat.
Cook the onion in a frying pan until glazed. Add bay leae and thyme and let it simmer for about two minutes
Add the beer and limejuice and stir in the mustard and corainderpowder. Bring to a boil again and let simmer for a minute or two. Then turn off the heat under the sauce.
Heat the grillpan (no oil) on a high heat
Rub the steak good with salt'n peppa and then rub them with the oliveoil. Let them rest for a couple of minutes in clingfilm or a small plastic bag. Prep a plate with tinfoil on which you let the steaks come to rest after the grilling
I like 'me steak' best if it's between rare and medium rare, so this is how I cook it. When the first smoke leaves the grillpan, put in the steaks and sear them for 2 minutes on each side. Turn them with the thongs. After four minutes (2x2) get the steaks from the pan and pack them in tinfoil for a brief five minute rest. Continue grilling the vegetables.
Take a small brush and brush the veggies with oliveoil. Grill them in the grillpan
It only takes a few minutes to grill the veggies so turn them after a minute or two
Plate up the vegetables and pour them with the reduced sauce. Serve the hero of this dish, the perfect steak next to the veggies.