I have a 15 month old daughter, so I no longer get out to dinner all that often. You would think this would make me cook more and better stuff, but between working 45 hours a week and dealing with a crazy ass child, I often fall back to takeout or super simple recipes. It’s time to change that, so I immediately thought of the best cooking show ever created, Alton Brown’s Good Eats. Tonight I’m doing the first two episodes at once since they are insanely simple. From Season 1 Episode 1 - Steak Your Claim, I’m doing the pan seared Ribeye. Actually it’s a pan seared New York Strip since it was on sale and they’re similar enough that it doesn’t at all effect the recipe. I’m also doing a baked potato from Season 1 Episode 2 - This Spud’s for You. These are both really simple recipes and they go naturally with one another, so I decided to knock out both episodes in one go.
I preheated the oven to 350 for the potatoes and poked them up with holes like a crazy person.
They got tossed in oil and salted, then popped into the 350 oven for an hour.
Once they were done, I cranked the oven to 500 and preheated both it and my cast iron pan. In the meantime, I got the steaks up to room temp, or at least closer to it, on the counter, then rubbed them with salt, pepper, and canola oil.
They get 30 seconds per side in a searing hot cast iron pan, then 2 minutes per side in the same cast iron pan in a 500 degree oven. They came out looking great.
I ended up doing salt, pepper, butter, and cheese on the baked potatoes.
Also did some canned green beans so I at least had some kind of vegetable on my plate.
The steak came out a perfect medium rare, and had an amazing crust on it. I’ve gone to sous vide for my steaks and just searing them on the stove, but I think I’ll be stealing the 500 degree cast iron method for my sear at least, though it did generate a ton of smoke. That’s probably more an issue of me needing to clean my oven than anything else though.
The potato was a baked potato, it was fine. The recipe got a very nicely cooked baked potato, so it’s likely great for someone just learning to cook.
Like I said in the beginning, these are the first two episodes of the show and some very basic recipes, so I didn’t really do much in terms of taking pictures or videos, but as I go through the series and do some more complex recipes, I will definitely document it more thoroughly. I’ll be out of town next weekend but normally I plan on doing at least one recipe a week.