Every year on my birthday myself and my two brothers go out to a nice steak restaurant for a relatively high-end steak. Anybody else have some type of birthday tradition?
That's a fine tradition, especially with your bros; I totally approve.
However, if you don't already know I would recommend teaching yourself how to cook up a simple but great steak. Once you've perfected it spend some cash on a crazy expensive dry aged beauty from a top notch butcher. You can have a $75 steak at home for $30
Also want to learn. Used to work at a Jap joint and the mutherfucker dried aged his cuts with salt and charcoal but he didn't let the meat touch either.
It was in top of a rack with two containers of stuff that captures moisture
Shouldn't matter too much as long as it's not super thin.
My basic method is this:
Rub salt into both sides of the steak (this is the bare minimum). Add a finely sliced of diced garlic clove and a splash of oil and/or white wine (I know it sounds counter intuitive to use white for steak but just for cooking it won't impart tannins or weird flavors)
Let sit with oil & salt on a plate or whatever on the counter or in the cold over for 20 minutes. The salt breaks down proteins allowing it to become a bit more tender.
Cooking a steak that is closer to room temp than refrigerator cold is essential.
Get a pan to a high heat with some oil (once the oil is shimmering but not quite smoking its ready).
Place the steak in the hot-ass pan and leave it alone for a few minutes. A char will form. You can press onto the top side of the steak gently with your finger to gauge progress.
After a few minutes flip it over and let that side have a few minutes (undercooking is far better at this point than over cooking so don't wait too long).
When you feel it's good and charred on both sides remove it from the pan and lay it on a plate of cutting board to rest. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL! Resting allows the moisture in the steak to redistribute, allowing for an evenly cooked juicy steak.
After several minutes resting (at least 5) cut into a section to gauge doneness. If it's perfect for you take note of how it feels when you press on it to help with future cooking. If it needs a bit more cooking throw it back in the pan for a few. You too can have fantastic steak at home!
TL/DR - rub salt, high heat, rest after cooking before cutting
Last year we went to a place called Ruth's Chris. Their steaks were about 3'' thick and somehow evenly cooked at a perfect medium rare. Me being the curious motherfucker I am, requested to see the chef to ask him how he prepared it. He took me to the kitchen where they have literal kilns that fire at about 1700 degrees. Theres no fucking way I am recreating that steak.
>purchase a fancy sweet pastry/cake and a fancy soda, summa dat Fentimans shit
>eat in front of laptop
Valentine's day is for spending with your loved one and there is no shame in spending it with yourself because everyone should love themselves