Sunday, March 07, 2010

NY Strip + cast iron skillet + oven = YUM!

Even though the weather isn't nice enough to head out to the grill, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a delicious steak at home.  When the weather isn't cooperating for grilling, the next best thing to do is to break out your cast iron skillet, crank the oven up, and have perfection in a matter of minutes.  It amazes us how easy and quick it can be to do a steak this way.  I learned how to cook steak this way thanks to the suggestion from several posters on's off topic board.  Cast iron skillets are a must-have for any and every kitchen.  They are so versatile and go into the oven without any problem!  I often wonder now how I lived without them before my mom got on a cast iron kick and bought me several for Christmas one year.  One thing that you can do that I don't for the recipe is to sear the steaks prior to putting them in the oven.  We've done it both ways, and either way, the steak turn out great!
Rick brought over the steak dust that his mother got.  It turns out that it is Tone's.  You can get it at Sam's Club and also order it online.  Instead of using the steak seasoning that he had, we used McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning.  We opted to go with that one because it smelled more garlicky than the other one.  As usual, we paired the steak with baked potatoes and had a great weekend night dinner! 

Here's what we did.

Cast-iron skillet steak

2 NY Strip Steaks (or cut of your choice)
1 tablespoon Tone's Steak Dust
1 tablespoon McCormick's Steak Seasoning
1 cast iron skillet!

Preheat oven to 500F.  

While the oven is preheating, mix the steak dust and seasoning together in a small bowl.  If you are doing more than 2 steaks, keep the proportion of seasoning be 1 tablespoon of each to 2 steaks.  Season both sides of the each steak with the seasoning by rubbing it in. Do not return the steaks to the refrigerator to allow them to warm up.

Place the steaks on the cast iron skillet and place the skillet in the oven.  Cook them for around 4 minutes on each side for steaks to be medium rare.  Adjust time for more or less doneness.


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