Serious Eats: Recipes
Dinner Tonight: Seared Rib-Eye Steak, Sauteed Shallots, and Shiitake Mushrooms
I know this is a recipe for a rib-eye steak, but let's be honest and call this recipe what it is: a well-designed umami bomb. It's one the richest, meatiest things I've eaten in a while, and it's all thanks to some proper cooking technique and the interaction of shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and rib-eye. Everything combines to create ultra umami, that glorious fifth taste.
This recipe from the San Francisco Chronicle manages to keep everything simple. Some shiitakes mushrooms are sauteed with shallots in the beginning before being removed. Then the steaks are cooked in the flavored oil. The mushrooms are returned, along with a big glug of soy sauce, to cook until they get nicely coated.
You don't even need salt. There's enough in the low-sodium soy sauce to make everything properly seasoned. Serve this with some plain rice and maybe some steamed broccoli, and watch how the sauce starts making everything taste good. Broccoli have never tasted so meaty! Each grain of rice becomes important.