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Dinner Tonight: Black Pepper-Honey Rib Eye

Sometimes I just need a steak. The mood doesn't strike often, but when it does I want a huge slab of meat, and maybe some roasted potatoes on the side. That's it.

While I like dressing up some neglected cuts of beef, I'm not much for drowning a beautiful rib-eye in a sauce. That's why I love this recipe from the The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. The steaks are dipped into a mixture of red wine, honey, and black pepper for just a few minutes, and then cooked. You don't really need to worry about anything other than whether the steaks are perfectly cooked.

It couldn't be much simpler. All I was worried about was whether the mixture would make any difference at all. I mean, the steaks are even patted dry before they're cooked. Still, it's surprising how much the flavor of the mixture stays with the beef. The honey caramelizes on top of the steak, and the red wine and black pepper accentuate the beefiness of each bite. It's a subtle addition, but one that really works.

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