Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pan Fried Jack Daniel's Steak

I've been cooking steaks with this Jack Daniel's marinade for the longest time but I never got around to blogging about it. I must say that this marinade is totally awesome! Not only is it really simple to whip up but it has this really full flavor that both Kevin and I love. Whenever we cook up steaks using this recipe, I swear that you can smell it all the way down the hall of our apartment building. Yeah, it smells that great! Alrighty, so here's how we make pan fried steaks with the uber delicious Jack Daniel's marinade.
I believe that the cut/type of steak is really important if you want yummy juicy steaks. Don't try to skimp by buying cheap cuts of steaks. They won't usually turn out that great, no matter how well you cook them. Here we have two 10 oz strip steaks from Omaha Steaks. Look at all the marbling. Mmm mmm good! I just love Omaha Steaks, they are the best :D Allow the steaks to fully thaw (if they are frozen) and poke tiny holes all over the steaks. Then, set it aside.
Now it's time to make some marinade! Pour in some Worcestershire sauce to some Balsamic Vinaigrette. Make sure that you mix it well.
Then, add in a few squeezes of lemon juice followed by some freshly cracked black pepper.
Finally, add in a few pegs of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Both Kevin and I love Jack Daniel's, so we always have a bottle of that at home :P Now, mix everything together and it's done! Take a small whiff of the marinade. Doesn't it smell just great? Boy, best marinade ever! :D
Save about 1/3 of the marinade for the sauce later on. Place the steaks into a Ziploc bag and pour the remaining 2/3 of the sauce into it. Massage the steaks a little and pop it into the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. I usually just let it sit in the refrigerator for about 24 hours or so.
When you are ready to cook up the steaks, here's what you do. Lightly spray some cooking oil onto a pan. Once the pan is heated up, place the steaks in it. Allow it to sear on one side and then just flip it over. Do not be afraid to allow the steaks to char a little. I always love the tiny burnt bits! Cooking time varies depending on how well you want the steaks to be. We usually cook ours to about medium well. Once your steaks are done, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Time to make the sauce! Using the same pan, add in some onions. You could also add in some sliced mushrooms if you like. Saute it a little until it becomes soft, Then, add in the 1/3 of marinade that we saved earlier. The marinade will nicely deglaze your pan. Make sure you get all the yummy burnt bits off, they are just soooo good! Once your sauce begins to simmer, turn down the heat a little and it will begin to thicken. With that, the sauce is done. Pour the sauce over your steaks and it's ready to eat! I served up the steaks with some sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli. Mmmm mmmm mmmm...it always hits the spot, every time!


Wee Ling said...

yumm...this looks good....

Charlene n Kevin said...

heheh thanks!