My partner for this month's Secret Recipe Club was Anne of Authentic Simplicity. The day I chose a recipe from her blog, my boyfriend and I had both had a really long week - he had a big project at work that kept him there until 1 am one night, and I was catching up from being away at a conference in Chicago. So, I wanted to make something special for dinner to celebrate the arrival of the weekend! In our apartment, "special dinner" most often means steak, and luckily Anne has a fantastic steak recipe on her blog! I love her method of marinating the steak with lots of salt. I've made dry-brined turkey that involves a similar method, but since a steak is much smaller than a whole turkey, the marinating time is only 20-30 minutes. The salt rub made the steak super moist and flavorful - and it was so easy! I was a big fan and I'll definitely be using this technique again in the future. Thanks, Anne!
On the side: braised carrots with cumin seeds and potato salad.
Salt-Marinated Steak (adapted from Authentic Simplicity, original recipe here)
1 pound tri-tip steak
2 T fresh basil, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Pat the steaks dry. Sprinkle with the basil, and then season very generously with kosher salt. Rub the salt and basil into the steak. Set aside for 20-30 minutes.
2. Rinse the salt and basil off the steaks, and pat them dry. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
3. Heat grill pan (or skillet) over high heat. Pour a little oil on a paper towel, and rub onto the grill pan. Add the steaks, and cook for a few minutes on each side, until the steak is cooked how you like it.
4. Transfer steak to a cutting board, cover with foil, and let rest 5 minutes before serving.