Steak Night

Last night I cooked two thick sliced ribeyes and smashed potatoes. It was a hearty meal, but I knew I was running 16 miles this morning, so I didn’t feel so bad about it.

I marinated the steaks in olive oil, fresh rosemary, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, fresh garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper for about two hours. I like to marinate steak because I feel like it gives it extra flavor with each bite. I let the meat sit out to get to room temperature when I started messing with the side course, potatoes!

I chose to do smashed potatoes because I really like to keep the skin on the taters.

Smashed Potatoes

  • 5 red potatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper

Boil the potatoes until done, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Once you can stick a fork in them, strain and put the pot back on the stove. Add the chopped shallot with a little olive oil, cook for about two minutes or until clear. Get your handy potato masher, or whatever you’d like to use and add the potatoes into the pot again smashing all the way! Add all the other ingredients and you’re done. Also I added parmesean cheese in the end.

Once I was ready to cook the steaks, I brought my cast iron skillet to a high heat for a sear on both sides of the steak. Remember, to salt your steaks before you put them on the skillet. It really does bring out a lot of that juicy steak flavor we all know and love. Each steak was seared on each side for about 1 minute and a half each and then popped the into the oven to continue the cooking process.

I like my steak medium rare, or closer to rare, but it’s up to you! There is a way you can test how done the steak is by simply pressing the palm of your hand before checking the meat.

  • Rare Steak

Taking your hand, test the texture and firmness of the ‘heel’ of your hand (this is the squidgy flesh located between your thumb and fore-finger). A rare steak should feel the same as this area, so compare this fleshy area to your steak.

  • Medium-rare Steak

Next take your thumb and fore-finger, press them together and once again feel the same fleshy area between your thumb and fore-finger. This will feel a little firmer and should be how your medium-rare steak feels.

  • Medium Steak

Moving along your hand, press the tips of your thumb and index finger together. Feel the heel of your hand again. This should feel the same as a medium steak.

  • Medium to Well-done Steak

Press your thumb to your ring finger, and feel the heel of your hand. This is how a medium to well-done steak should feel like.

  • Well-done Steak

Press your thumb to your little finger and once again feel the fleshy area between your thumb and fore-finger. This is how a well-done steak should feel.

And that is it! Using the palm of your hand you can easily check the progress of your steaks, make sure they are cooked and achieve all this without ever having to ruin the appearance of your meat.

This trick really comes in handy and worked out great last night!


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