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Old 11-19-2010, 06:12 PM
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Alright, this time we did cowboy steaks instead of beef steak Florentine. These steaks were certified angus beef, which does make a difference. Given a choice, we'd have aged Kobe - but we're not that rich.

We dry aged the one-rib ribeye steaks in the fridge for three days and cooked them on the Tuscan grill in a fully-heated oven for about 12 to 13 minutes, turning once. When we pulled them off of the grill, the internal temperature was 118 degrees. We let them rest for a few minutes; the final internal temperature was 128 degrees. The steaks, which had been two inches thick prior to cooking, were about an inch and a half thick once cooked.

While we heated the grill, we prepared an accompaniment of roasted brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes with onions and bacon. We began by briefly blanching the sprouts and potatoes in boiling water and then tossed them with the chopped raw bacon, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Next, we roasted them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Admittedly, we pulled them out intermittently and tossed them to prevent burning. They were incredible. The steak, once rested, was sliced and drizzled with olive oil. The results were amazing. While I still prefer the two and a half inch porterhouse beef steak Florentine, these were not bad indeed.

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Old 11-20-2010, 11:00 AM
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Nicely done, scwino!

The Tuscan grill is IMO the best way to cook steak I have found.
Good job!
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:59 PM
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You lost me at "brussels sprouts"
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:34 AM
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Thanks for the detailed overview of the process scwin.

I found a cast iron grill from a BBQ dumped out for the rubbish collection on somebody's front lawn and made an improvised Tuscan Grill - with excellent results!

This is the main focus of my WFO activities now and I've moved away from pizzas as a way of change. The "Tuscan" approach highlights the versatility of the WFO as more than just a pizza oven.

Please keep the recipes coming...

PS - How do you "dry age" steaks in the fridge?
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:39 AM
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I have to admit that brussel sprouts is not one of my favorite vegetables, but when roasted in the oven the taste was very different. The final product was much more caramelized than the picture shows. They were eaten almost before I could carve the steak. Carl
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:43 PM
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Badly prepared BS (brussel sprouts) can be awful! For those who are brave enough, they are far more interesting roasted. I usually don't parboil them but...for those of you who are BS averse a brief parboil will mellow the flavor even more.

I trim the base and cut them in half. Then IF I am parboiling or blanching I give them about three to four minutes in boiling water. Then chill them in ice water to help them keep their color and then drain.

To cook I use a heavy cast iron skillet with a good dose of EVOO. Heat it to near smoking and add the halved BS. I cook them until they are well browned on the bottom and then flip them over and cook until the other side is well browned. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. They are shockingly good. In the WFO I simply shake them in a plastic bag with olive oil, salt, and pepper and dump them in the cast iron skillet. Then into the oven where the top and bottom cook at the same time.

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Old 11-22-2010, 02:43 PM
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Dry aging in the fridge is really easy. Just unwrap the steaks when you get home from the store, then place them on a rack with no cover in the fridge. THe steaks will first turn bright red then start to dry out a little on the edges. Trim the extra fat and and dried areas and season and cook as usual. 2-3 days is the most you want to do with this technique, unless you are willing to trim quite a bit off the steak. The best steaks for this technique are porterhouse or bone in rib steaks with enough fat that you can trim without losing too much lean meat.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for the info ... don't you waste a lot of the steak that way?
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If you age for 2 days the is almost no loss Carl
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Excellent - I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks!
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