Friday, May 29, 2015

Thin Cut Steaks Made Better with Blue Cheese Sauce

We eat steak way too often at my house.  Usually I grill thick cut steaks that weigh in at about two pounds.  They get a quick sear over high heat followed by a long slow cook with low indirect heat.  When the steaks hit medium rare (typically after about 20 minutes) we slice them thin and serve with mashed potatoes.  It is a simple dish that is always a hit.

Sometimes though we end up dealing with some thin sliced steaks that are pretty bland.  Here is what I did to make some of these more interesting.
I brushed a little oil onto the steaks and sprinkled them with salt and pepper.  The steaks were rested at room temperature for about 30 minutes so the salt would have a little time to penetrate and tenderize the meat.

I grilled these steaks hot and fast over direct high heat.  Grill for two minutes then rotate by 45 degrees and grill another two minutes.  This will get you a beautiful diamond cross hatch.  Flip the steak and grill for another three minutes and it will be done! 

To make this steak a little more interesting I whipped up a classic blue cheese steak sauce.

Blue Cheese Steak Sauce

Gently warm a half pint of heavy cream and add 6 oz of crumbled blue cheese.
Stir the cream and cheese until the cheese has melted.
Add 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.
Add 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika.
Stir to incorporate.

Ladle the sauce over the steak and dig in with gusto!

This is a very rich sauce that brings a ton of flavor to the party.  It is a very simple way to take an ordinary thin cut steak and make it a meal worth remembering!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Man's Trash is my Weber Genesis Gold Treasure

I found a Weber Genesis Gold being sold on Craigslist for next to nothing the other day.  I checked it out and saw it needed the usual repairs (burner tubes, ignition, etc) but was structurally sound.
Weber Genesis Gold C
I got the grill back to my house, bought the needed replacement parts then soon found out the real reason the grill was being sold.  Two of the burner valve stems had seized up and could not be turned. I could see where the previous owner had tried to fix the problem by trying to turn the top of the valve stem with a pair of pliers.

The fix was easy but tedious.  I sprayed the base of each brass valve stem with Liquid Wrench then used a pair of channel locks to grab the stem at the base and twisted just a little.  I did this five or six times a day for four days.  Each time the Liquid Wrench was able to penetrate just a little deeper.  On Day 4 things broke free and now all knobs are turning just fine.

The grill cover that came with the Genesis was pretty ratty.
Weber Genesis Grill Cover
It is hard to find he right cover for this old grill; definitely wont find this cover stocked at Wal-Mart.  Here is a site that links to the right Weber Genesis grill cover on Amazon.

The side burner hadn't been used for a while...I could tell by the wasps nest that was built under the burner.
After I pulled that guy out the side burner cleaned up pretty nice as well.

I am delighted to have this great grill in my collection!  This Genesis Gold C sits alongside my Genesis 1000 LX and my Genesis Silver A.  My backyard is looking sweeter and sweeter all the time!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Simple Steak on a Simple Grill

One of my grills in a little two burner Weber Genesis Silver with cast iron grates.  I love this little has spunk :)
Weber Genesis Silver
I got the chance to use the Silver the other day when I found a beautiful 2.5 pound, two inch thick ribeye roast.  I knew I had to use the cast iron grates on the Silver to put down some grill marks on this nice piece of meat.
The beef got seasoned with a little salt and pepper.  I let the Genesis Silver pre-heat on high for 15 minutes to get the cast iron scorching hot.  I let the steak sear for ten minutes then flipped.
After that nice sear I wanted to gently cook the steak to perfection.  I put the steak on a GrillGrate panel, coated it in melted butter and turned the Genesis Silver down to Low.
The steak was eased along for about 20 minutes until it hit an internal temperature of 142F. 
Weber Genesis Silver Steak

No sliced and finished shot on this cook...I wrapped the steak in foil and headed off to a party at my brother in law's house.  It was a pretty awesome steak!

This was a simple steak on a simple grill.  It made for a nice day.