Imagine the scene: a romantic dinner party with an exquisite twist awaits you. An enticing gourmet experience awaits, perfect for impressing someone special or treating yourself to a luxurious meal. And the best part? You can prepare it indoors, without any oil splattering.
As a seasoned server, I recall the bustling Saturday nights at the restaurant. The room filled with hungry patrons, each with their own unique preferences. However, it was the couples who captured my attention the most.
On one hand, there were the young lovebirds, embarking on their first date. Their affectionate gestures and willingness to impress were evident from the moment they arrived. Cuddled up in their booth, they whispered sweet nothings and ordered the most extravagant dishes and wines from the menu.
On the other hand, there were the more settled couples. While not as overtly romantic, their comfort with each other was palpable. Sitting apart, they ordered individual dishes, refusing to share a single bite.
One fateful Saturday, our chef had an abundance of tenderloins. As servers, we were tasked with the mission of selling them. The chef dubbed it the chateaubriand special for two, a perfect choice for our couples.
Observing the young couple share the steak was fascinating. The man delicately sliced a piece for his partner, reserving a larger portion for himself. She, despite her desire to devour the entire steak, sliced it into small, savory bites, savoring each with enthusiasm.
Contrastingly, the older couple became increasingly animated when their main course arrived. They dove into the perfectly cooked meat, alternating bites with sips of their full-bodied wines. Laughter filled the air as they shared stories and anecdotes.
The woman gracefully cut the steak for her partner, ensuring she received an equal portion. With each bite, they relished the delectable flavors and enthusiastically savored every morsel, savoring the saucy goodness.
Comfortable in each other’s presence, they lingered through dessert, ordering cappuccinos that kept their conversation flowing late into the night. As they walked out, leaning against each other, their connection was evident – the kind that enables one person to catch the other if they were to stumble.
I recall that particular night vividly, as we had a luscious molten lava cake for dessert – a heavenly treat.
Meanwhile, the younger couple quickly devoured their dessert and hurriedly departed. I couldn’t help but imagine the young lady exhaling loudly and shedding her restrictive attire. In my mind, she indulged in a large pizza and treated herself to much-needed Ben and Jerry’s.
Fortunately, I have always been a different kind of girl. I find immense joy in gleefully devouring a perfectly cooked steak. Each mouth-watering bite, accompanied by creamy sides, is a true delight. And you know what? Preparing a perfectly cooked steak is easier than you think.
The Recipe: Preparing Omaha Steaks
To begin, preheat your oven to 450-degrees. Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan, heating it until it reaches smoking point.
Next, season your steak generously with Kosher salt and pepper – nothing more, nothing less.
Gently place the steak into the pan and let it sear. Searing each side for approximately 2 minutes, a total of 12 minutes. Transfer the pan into the oven and roast until the internal temperature reaches 120°F for rare or 125°F for medium rare. Once done, transfer the steak to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
In a separate pan, add 2 tablespoons of butter and shallots. Allow them to sweat for 6 minutes, careful not to let them achieve any color. Then, add in the cognac, reducing it by half. For an adventurous twist, tilt the pan towards the flame, allowing the cognac to catch fire – a neat party trick indeed.
Once the flames have subsided or the mixture has reduced, pour in the heavy whipping cream.
Reduce the sauce until it reaches a consistency that coats the back of a spoon.
Taste and season the sauce, then serve it alongside the perfectly cooked steak. Don’t forget to grind plenty of fresh black pepper to enhance the flavors.
Prepare to indulge in a culinary masterpiece that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experience.
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