Since I had to post a two-parter on the Desk Caddy, I figured I would toss in another smaller project. If you have taken any amounts of time to sift through Pinterest you will notice lots of food photo’s and recipes out there. Better ways to cook every day dishes, recipes (lots of those!), and tips to get those scrumptious results that make you want to savor every bite.
A while back I ran across this pin titled “Amuse Bouche: Restaurant Style”. Hhmmm….what is restaurant style and what food is it for? I pinned it and moved on. Today we are going to find out what Restaurant Style is and what food we are talking about courtesy of Whitney at Amuse Bouche.
It appears the food in question here is steak. Yes! I love a good steak! Happy Dance. My steak cooking is not that great. I rely on my awesome friends who are scattered all over the world (courtesy of the military) to grill me a wicked good steak when we can get together on our trek’s across the world.
Now according to the article, I quote “It’s the very best, most delicious and perfect way to cook a steak. Leave your grill for vegetables, heaven forbid your steak should touch those grates.” I don’t know about all that. A steak better than a grilled steak? The picture that comes to mind with a good steak is a slightly charred nice cut of marbled meat with some Montreal Seasoning or German Krauter Butter (Herb butter) on it. If made properly, no steak sauce will be needed.
My doubts are high but in the interest of visual experiments – let’s do this! Worse case, I have steak for dinner and use some A-1 steak sauce, how can you lose on that. Here we go!
Here’s the list of ingredients that the website calls for.
- filet mignon – 2, 8 ounce filets
- kosher salt – 4 teaspoons
- freshly cracked pepper – 4 teaspoons
- butter – 1 stick
- olive oil – 1 tablespoon
- garlic – 2 cloves, chopped
- parsley – 1 tablespoon, chopped
- thyme – 1 tablespoon, chopped
- lemon zest – 1 teaspoon
Now I made some modifications due to what I had in my cupboard. Butter was Country Crock. Parsley and Thyme were dried from my spice rack. Lemon Zest was actually 1 packet of True Lemon. I added fresh chopped green onion and only used 1 each 8 oz. filet wrapped in bacon.
First, we make the butter concoction and put it in the refrigerator. So far, so good.
This next part is a bit messy so wear an apron. We heat up the skillet to piping hot with the butter and olive oil in it. Pan searing the steak so there is a crispy brown shell on each side of the steak. Since I had bacon wrapped around mine, I used tongs and also seared the edges. While doing this, I had my oven pre-heating to 400 degree’s farenheit. I took a spoon and continually poured the butter and olive oil mixture over the steak as it cooked. I live in an apartment so had my kitchen and stove fans on, to prevent the fire alarm from going off. This step is messy (pop’s and crackle’s). Not looking for company at dinner time from the local fire department. Not enough steak to go around!
The remaining steps are to salt and pepper generously, put it in the oven, and bake at 4oo degree’s for 6 – 8 minutes. This time frame is for a medium rare steak. Friends, I hate to disappoint you but I need my meat well done. Red is not a color I want to see on my dinner plate unless its the Red Bell Pepper in my salad. To get a well-done steak but not over cooked, I put it in the oven for 10-12 minutes and then let it rest for a few minutes on the stove top.
That looks pretty darn good! So far Whitney is spot on. Now lets see if I cut this open, is it well done or not.
I cut the steak in half and its well done! Moist, and not too dry.
Next we put the butter we mixed together on top of the steak and enjoy. Does this steak taste as good as stated? Lets find out. I chose to eat this with some fresh corn on the cobb. Perfect combination and toss in a small salad for the even mix of meat, and veggies. We are trying to be a bit healthy.
The ingredients were accurate, and so were the amounts. The claim that this is the best steak around – spot on! I did not need to use any steak sauce. This steak had phenomenal flavor, and was the perfect mixture of moisture and done-ness. I could not believe that I was able to have such a delicious steak without a grill.
This steak was delicious!!!! Whitney Rocks!! Follow her advice on how to Restaurant Style cook a steak. I will be using this as my preferred method of cooking a steak.
Now the next time you decide to cook a steak, get some pinspiration and head over to Amuse Bouche to use this recipe.