If there is one thing that prevents me from becoming a vegetarian, it's the idea of a delicious steak dinner . . . okay bacon does it too, but today's recipe is all about steak. I do love a nice steak, but it can sometimes be a bit on the expensive side. Today's recipe shows you how to make a delicious steak dinner, using one of the cheaper cuts.
Minute, or "Cube" steaks as I believe they are called in North America are from a tougher cut of beef, usually the round or rump or so called frying steaks . . . but they have been tenderized by the butcher running them through a tenderizing machine, which dimples them and makes little cuts in them all over. You can do the same thing by pounding them to within an inch of their lives.
This is a fabulous way of turning a relatively cheap cut of meat into something which tastes anything but cheap. All it takes is a bit of effort on your part and proper cooking.
The pounding helps, but so does the method of cooking. The way to ruin any steak, even the most expensive cuts . . . is to over cook them. By cooking these quickly and for a minimum time at a relatively high temperature you preserve the flavour of the meat . . . searing in all of the tasty juices. Of course when you mingle those juices with a few pats of a delicious garlic and parsley butter . . . well the result is sublime.
Delicious flavours which belie their inexpensive price tag. I paid less than £2.50 for two and they were gorgeous. Cheap eats that feel like a treat. I love it when that happens!
*Pan Fried Steaks with Garlic Parsley Butter for Two*Serves 2