Since I enjoy cooking so much, I decided to incorporate it into Finance Fox.I missed my original calling (chef), so I try to make up for it at home. I try to cook at least every other night, even though it can sometimes be a tad difficult because you are cooking for one person and I’ll be brutally honest, left-overs are not my forte. Either way, from today onwards I will feature one dish I cooked during the week every week. All the details will be provided including; steps to cooking the meal, ingredients, pictures and preparation. And if you have any questions, suggestions or comments, do not hesitate to leave some.
Thursday Night Dinner: Steak & Goat Cheese with Two Side Summer Salads
Steak & Goat Cheese
When it comes to choice of steak, you can pretty much use whatever kind of steak you prefer. Rib eye, prime rib, fillet, t-bone or any other steak cut you prefer. Personally I prefer the rib eye and fillet, but those are just my preferences.
1. Marinated steaks the previous night and left them marinated for about 24hrs. This allows the steaks to fully absorb the marinate and garlic.
2. I only used olive oil, garlic and new york steak spice. With a brush dipped in olive oil marinate the steak front and back with the oil. Reason this is done, is because it allows the steak marinate to stick better to the steak and also when you throw it on the grill the steak will not stick. Next add the steak spice, by drizzling it over the steak and with your other hand slowly rubbing into the steak. I prefer either the Montreal Steak Spice or New York Steak Spice, but you can use whatever spice you’d like. Finally take a few garlic cloves, cut them up in halves. Throw them in and around the steak. By leaving the garlic (covered with steak), it will give it a fresh garlic scent, sorta what you would get in a restaurant, if you were to order a steak. Cover the steak with a tight plastic lid or shrink wrap will do the trip ask well and leave it in your fridge for at least a few hours, but for best results up to 24 hours.
3. Cooking the steak totally depends on how you like your steak done. I like my steak medium-rare, which means there is some redness and juices inside. The juicier the steak, the better it will taste. This steak cooking took me roughly 15 minutes on low heat. Cooking steak on high heat will only nuke them. You want to cook it slowly, flip often and you will get some amazing results.
Tomato & Green Onion Salad
1. Take some cherry tomatoes, wash them in cold water and slice them in halves. For the green onions, you want to wash them thoroughly and cut into medium sized pieces.
2. Combine the green onions and tomatoes, add some vegetable or olive oil and some salt. Mix all of it together and you have one quick, easy and light salad.
Grilled Peppers & Garlic Side
This is one of my favorite side dishes. It can go with just about anything, because it’s like and punches a lot of flavor. It goes perfectly with steak, ribs, mashed potatoes or as a salad on its own.
1. Take 2-3 sweet red or yellow peppers, cut them in halves and place them on the grill. The cooking time on the grill will be about 20 minutes roughly, on medium temperature. Depending your grille, you will see when the peppers are ready, since the outside skin turns either black or dark brown.
2. Once the pepper halves are fully cooked, take them off the grill and put aside for about 5 minutes to cool off.
3. Now take the cooled off pepper halves and peel the skin using a small kitchen knife. Try and take off as much of the skin off as possible, but don’t worry if you don’t take every bit off. It’s simply impossible to do so. Once done peeling, cut the pepper halves into strips, roughly the size if your index finger in width. Finally crush and chop some garlic, you will need roughly 2-3 small garlic cloves. If you’re a garlic lover, than don’t hesitate to add more. One thing to keep in mind, is to balance the garlic with the peppers. You still want to be able to feel the taste of the peppers.
4. Combine the garlic and peeled peppers, add some vegetable oil, salt, mix together and serve.
Finally let’s eat. You’ve done all the prep work, now you are ready to eat. This meal roughly takes 30-40 minutes to prepare. It’s easy, filling and you get a lot of different flavors in one meal. On top of it, steak with goat cheese is simply amazing, so don’t forget to add on to the side of your plate. This meal can be cooked for one or more people, plus if there is any unfinished salads, you can pack them into lunch containers and take it for lunch. The salads taste good semi-warm or cold. Keep checking back weekly for new home cooking recipes, visit Finance Fox’s Home Cooking.