Food and books. The two (non-human) things that make my world go round. Give me good food and a good book and I am happy camper. There’s something about holding a book in my hand that’s comforting in the same way as holding a spoon and digging into a bowl of homemade ice cream. And don’t new books smell awesome!? Just like bread or cookies or brownies baking at home.
I’m weird. I know. It’s okay, I’ve accepted it.
So naturally, I’ve developed quite the love for COOKBOOKS! It’s the best of both worlds! In fact, I’m becoming sort of obsessed with them. I could literally spend a half a day in Barnes & Noble. Two hours to browse and gather a stack of novels a mile high and two hours to get lost in cookbooks of all kinds.
I got some really great cookbooks for Christmas. All different kinds that I can’t wait to dive into. It’s great to get some books I may not have necessarily picked out for myself – like the MEAT BIBLE. Thanks to my awesome brother-in-law for the great pick! It’s right up Eric’s alley for sure!
This book is full of all kinds of useful information about meat. It’s one area I could use a bit of schooling that’s for sure, especially when it comes to beef as I’m pretty sure I couldn’t tell you the difference between a ribeye steak and New York strip. I haven’t had time to really dive into the educational portion of the book yet, so I decided to start off with something easy and familiar.
Enter flank steak with an absolutely DIVINE and DECADENT Roasted Red Pepper Butter. Holy freakin’ yuminess, Batman. This was knock-your-socks off delicious. The original recipe calls for flat iron steaks, but I’m not overly confident in my abilities to cook steaks and not have them come out like shoe leather. I think I’m drawn to flank steak because I like how it’s served cut into thin strips as opposed to one giant hunk of meat. I like beef…in more delicate portions. On the side I served the steak with some roasted brussel sprouts (which I am obsessed with as of late. SO good.) and crash hot potatoes.
The butter is sensational and compliments the flavor of the beef PERFECTLY. The shallot and garlic blend perfectly with the smokiness of the roasted red pepper. The recipe makes way more than you’ll need for the steaks but it’s okay because you’ll want to layer this on just about every single thing you make for the next week. I used it on the steaks, on vegetables and fish before wrapping up what was left and sticking it the freezer. I’ll be busting it out again for steaks again soon for sure!
FLANK STEAK WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER BUTTER (Recipe adapted from: Lobel’s Meat Bible)
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, 8 of the tablespoons well-chilled and cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (I used dried)
- 2 roasted red bell peppers (I used jarred, but you can roast you’re own in you prefer. If you do use jarred, drain and rinse the peppers thoroughly and then watch your salt addition)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons smoked sweet Spanish paprika or regular sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon (or to taste) kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb. flank steak
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a small skillet. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the thyme. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Put the 8 tablespoons well-chilled butter, the red peppers, paprika and salt in the bowl of food processor. Scrape the contents of the skillet into the processor and blend, pulsing at first, until smooth and well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Pack the butter into a ramekin or roll in plastic into a sausage shape. Refrigerate until firm.
- Remove the butter from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature while you prepare the steak. Salt and pepper the steak. Preheat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat until almost smoking. Add the oil, swirling to coat the skillet. Add the steak and reduce heat to medium. Cook 4 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness. Remove from skillet and let rest for a few minutes. Slice the meat against the grain and transfer to serving platter, top with butter and serve.
- Store extra butter in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for a few months.
One Year Ago: I made ADORABLE little ‘butt’ cookies for my friend’s bachelorette party. Too cute!