The Butter Steak: What's the Best Way to Cook a Steak?
I'm not interested in carbonizing the surface of the meat. To me that ruins the flavor. - Alain Ducasse It was a bachelor weekend of sorts. My wife mercifully let me pass on attending a wedding of an old family family friend, so I had the whole weekend alone in the apartment to get work done. I had some crazy projects planned including a mad braise of a cow tongue, but the first night alone was all about pure unrestrained male gluttony. I bought a bottle of wine, a potato the size of a shoe, and an enormous rib eye. This should have been a simple meal, one requiring little skill beside turning on the stove and plopping a pan on a burner. My initial thought was to mimic the technique nearly every serious steak house in the Midwest does: broiling it under an inferno. But I was a little taken aback by what I read. And it's science that I don't quite understand. Though I am intrigued by the science, what honestly sold me was the serious food porn on eGullet's site. Still I had my doubts.