Hear the sizzle of that steak? Feel the butter dribbling down your chin as you bite into your sweet corn? Smell the caramelized sugar of the toasted marshmallows?
There are few things I enjoy more than a good old-fashioned cookout. With the start of summer grilling season finally here, I decided to present to you what a Mystery Lovers' Kitchen back yard spread might look like...
Why I love this recipe: This easy coffee marinade imparts a wonderful, earthy character to the meat while also plumping it up, keeping it moist throughout the grilling process.
Steaks for grilling or broiling
Salt (sea or Kosher)
Pepper (freshly ground)
Scallions or shallots
Steak dry rub
(1) Prep meat: Pound the steak out with the spike side of a meat hammer. If you don’t have a meat hammer, then put your steak in a plastic bag and pound it with a regular hammer or the back of a ladle – and then prick it all over with a fork. This starts the tenderizing process. (It also gets all kinds of frustrations out. Who needs therapy when you can pound meat?)
(3) Grill, broil, or pan cook: Pull the steaks out of the container and discard the liquid. Do not rinse the meat. Apply a favorite dry rub. (I'll be posting a favorite coffee-rub recipe very soon. Stay tuned!) In the meantime, I'm happy to recommend a very good pre-made rub: Szeged brand Steak Rub in the cute little black metal can. (See photo.) Finally, throw your coffee-marinated steaks on a charcoal or gas grill, broil the meat in the oven, or in a pan on the stovetop. Cook time is about 12 minutes for medium-rare (140° F) and 15 minutes for medium (160° F).
(4) Rest: Remove meat from heat and allow to "rest" for 5 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness) before serving. This rest period allows the steak to re-collect its juices. If you cut into meat the moment it comes off the grill, the juices will run out and the meat will taste dry. Just tent foil over the meat to keep it warm and...Eat with joy!
So what about our vegetarian guests? Or those of us who want to enjoy the fresh taste of spring veggies, maybe with a glass of chilled wine?
What else do we need to get this party started? How about a couple of sweet, tart, refreshing and relaxing Raspberry Lemon Drop martinis?
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There's plenty of strife in the world right now. Cooking a special meal may seem like a small thing, but cooking with love for those you love may just be the remedy for staying sane in this crazy world.
Have a Happy
Memorial Day weekend,
Memorial Day weekend,
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