Heating Up Your Steak

16 Mar

Want to add a little “heat” to your regular, ordinary, mundane salt and pepper only steak?

Of course you do!

I had a sirloin steak being thawed for dinner tonight. Instead of doing the plain old, boring salt and pepper, Esposita and I spiced things up tonight (which is always fun to do anyway, right?)

Here’s what you do. Create a little mix that includes…

– 1 tsp red chili pepper
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1/4 tsp ground cumin
– salt (eyeball it)
– a dash of cayenne pepper

Mix it together well. Pull your steaks out and brush them liberally with olive oil on both sides. Then rub in the mix really well. Make sure you use the entire mix and work it in with the olive oil.

Now, you should have been pre-heating your oven to broil at 350 degrees. Once it’s ready, move the steaks onto a broiling pan and put it at the very top rung – about 4 inches from the top.

Broil for 5 minutes. Then flip those puppies over and broil for another 6 minutes. When you pull them out, the joint will be smoking coming out of the oven so make sure your fan is working overtime (you may have to open a few windows like we did). Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes covered.

The steaks were cooked to a beautiful medium-rare and boy could you taste the heat from the cayenne and red chili peppers! We added some sweet potato fries that Esposita always knocks out of the park, and a nice slaw that really went well with the steak.

Next time, I think I’m going to cook those bad boys the same way BUT. Slice them up and make a rocking black and blue steak. I think the blue cheese will marry nicely with the “hot” steak!

P.S. Don’t worry – the steak is not too hot. It has a perfect heat to it that wont burn your mouth and gives it a nice pop. Stay true to the measurements to ensure that.

Eat well,


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