By Mashariki Cohen
The day for fathers is nearly upon us.
We’re going to go over delicious steaks and how to make them, some drink ideas for the thirsty dad, and of course, some gift ideas, because who wants another tie.
Butter Basting for a Perfect Steak:
How to cook (and, what determines) the perfect steak is a hotly debated topic.
In one corner, you will find advocates of grilling as the only way to truly prepare your chosen cut, in another, proponents of cast iron skillets, searing and extreme heat.
What we’re going over today is a fundamental way to make a steak at home, in a pan, because we don’t know if you have access to a grill and frankly - I prefer a pan made steak over one prepared on a grill.
When making a steak, simplicity is vital. When I make mine at home, I enjoy rosemary & garlic butter basting the steaks after quickly searing one side. I find this to give a fantastic crust that’s salty and flavorful without overpowering the taste of the meat.
Here’s the quick recipe I use:
2x 1lbs steak, Rib Eye
Digital Meat Thermometer.
Kosher Salt (lots).
2tbsp Avocado oil or Canola oil - Avocado is best as the smoke point is over 100 degrees higher than Canola.
3-4 Garlic cloves (chopped).
1 Rosemary sprig (or dry equivalent).
4-5 Thyme sprigs (or dry equivalent).
- Remove the steak from the fridge about 30-45 minutes before cooking. The goal is to bring it to room temperature.
- Season the steaks by covering them entirely with salt and ground pepper. I like a fair amount of salt on mine, but this step is entirely dependent on your taste.
- Allow the seasoned steaks to rest for another 15-30 minutes.
- In a large cast-iron pan, heat your avocado or canola oil (~2tbsp) until it shimmers, appx 400°F.
- Add the steaks and cook over high heat until crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes, though I’ve found the sweet spot to be in the four-minute range.
- Turn the steaks and add the butter, thyme, garlic, and rosemary to the pan. Cook over high heat, basting the steaks with the melted butter, garlic, and herbs until the steaks are medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes longer depending on the thickness of the steaks.
- To hit the perfect medium-rare, use your meat thermometer in the middle of the steaks - when the thermometer reads 140°F, remove from the pan. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for ~10 minutes. Cut the steaks off the bone, then slice the meat across the grain and enjoy.
Drinks for Dad:
Here are a few options for the thirsty dad. If you happen to make the recipe above, these will all pair well with the steak for a tasty dining experience.
- Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing Company (Beer - IPA)
- For medium body and delicious fruit notes, I’m currently a fan of pairing the “Rare Bird” Malbec from Red Rooster Winery. Keep in mind that if you’re going to pair a wine with steak, you’ll have a hard time going wrong with any Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Malbec.
- If dad is in the mood for something non-alcoholic, I’m a fan of mocktails with a kick. If that sounds good, Give this Moscow Mule mocktail from The MerryThoughta try.
Gifts Dads Will Use:
- The everyday carry knives, pens, and tools from The James Brand are some of my favorite items to gift. They are well designed, beautiful products that have lifetime warranties. www.thejamesbrand.com
- If dad requires some new clothes, give Kotn a try. They’re all about sustainability and have done some fantastic things in the world, all while making comfy, stylish clothes that aren’t budget-breaking. With all the additional time at home, some cozy Kotn gear might be a perfect gift for dad and charity. www.kotn.com
- If dad has hair on his head, a beard on his face, or both, he’ll love a Kent brush. They’re a family-owned company that has been in business for over 200 years. If he needs shaving gear, hairbrushes, beard brushes, or any other of their offerings, Kent is an excellent choice for a Father’s Day gift. www.kentbrushes.com