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The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 21 comments

Why is it that nearly all recipes for stir-fried beef call for flank steak? I've been following the advice for years, but have never been truly satisfied with the end results. Sure, flank steak is pretty meaty, absorbs marinades well, and can come out tender. But may I propose an alternative? Skip the flank and go for the skirt. More

The Food Lab: Slow-Smoked, 40-Ounce, Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steaks

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 30 comments

Smoking is generally a method reserved for long-cooking, tough cuts like pork shoulder, ribs, or beef brisket, intended to deeply flavor and tenderize the meat over the course of a half day of cooking. But with a bit of finesse and a couple hours of free time, it's perfectly possible to get that same smoky flavor into a thick-cut steak and still have it come out perfectly medium-rare and juicy, so long as you play your cards right. Here's how it's done. More

Slow-Smoked Porterhouse Steaks

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

Smoking is generally a method reserved for long-cooking, tough cuts like pork shoulder, ribs, or beef brisket, intended to deeply flavor and tenderize the meat over the course of a half day of cooking. But with a bit of finesse and a couple hours of free time, it's perfectly possible to get that same smoky flavor into a thick-cut steak and still have it come out perfectly medium-rare and juicy, so long as you play your cards right. Here's how it's done. More

Why You Should Be Making Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta

J. Kenji López-Alt 20 comments

My wife does not love polenta. This puts a certain strain on our marriage. There is, of course, nothing not to love about polenta, especially when it's buttery, cheesy, creamy, and covered in a flavorful sauce. I know this, and I think she secretly knows this. Still, when I cook polenta, I like to hedge my bets by not putting too much time or effort into it. This quick polenta with skirt steak and tomatoes is about as easy as a meaty polenta dish can get. More

Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

Polenta is the kind of stuff that's just begging for a flavorful sauce to be spooned into it. But pan-seared steak doesn't really provide much sauce of its own. The solution: Toss some juicy cherry tomatoes and chilies into the skillet as the steak finishes cooking. Their natural juices pick up the flavorful pan drippings and—with just a touch of olive oil—emulsify into a rich, flavor-packed pan sauce. More

How to Grill a T-Bone Steak

Grilling Joshua Bousel 15 comments

A great grilled T-bone takes some attention to detail, but the payoff is a big, beefy steak that's hard to beat. The key to getting the strip and the tenderloin to cook evenly? It's all about positioning. More

Grilled Steaks With Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce (Crying Tiger, or Suea Rong Hai Kap Jaeo Ma-Khuea Thet) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 5 comments

Like son-in-law eggs, this "crying tiger" dish of grilled steak with spicy tomato sauce has a mysterious name. No one really knows if the tiger is crying because the steaks are good or bad, or if the sauce is just so spicy that it generates tears. I'm inclined to believe the latter, because if you're grilling rib-eye, it'd be a shame to serve it tough. More

Grilled Steaks With Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce (Crying Tiger, or Suea Rong Hai Kap Jaeo Ma-Khuea Thet) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 2 comments

Like son-in-law eggs, this "crying tiger" dish of grilled steak with spicy tomato sauce has a mysterious name. No one really knows if the tiger is crying because the steaks are good or bad, or if the sauce is just so spicy that it generates tears. I'm inclined to believe the latter, because if you're grilling rib-eye, it'd be a shame to serve it tough. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Roasted Chilies and Pepper Jack Cheese

Grilling J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

The Green Chile Cheeseburger, made by topping a fat cumin- and chili-scented burger patty with roasted green chilies and cheese, is one of the finest burger creations known to man. Here we take those same flavors and roll them into a butterflied flank steak for an entrée pretty enough for an al fresco dinner party, with the same hearty flavors. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Roasted Chilies and Pepper Jack Cheese

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

Butterflied flank steak rubbed with a garlicky chili rub, then layered with roasted green chilies and pepper jack cheese gets rolled, sliced, and grilled until smoky and charred. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Pesto, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

Grilled meat and pesto are two of the quintessential flavors of summer. Here we combine the two by slathering a butterflied flank steak with fresh pesto, then layering it with mozzarella and prosciutto before slicing it into pinwheels and grilling it over hot coals. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Pesto, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 9 comments

Grilling and pesto are two of the quintessential flavors of summer. Here we combine the two by slathering a butterflied flank steak with fresh pesto, then layering it with mozzarella and prosciutto before slicing it into pinwheels and grilling it over hot coals. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Scallions, Ginger, and Teriyaki Glaze

Grilling J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

Negimaki—grilled beef rolled around scallions and grilled with a sweet and savory teriyaki-style glaze—is one of my favorite Japanese appetizers. Here we've Super Mario mushroom'd it to full main course-sized proportions, stuffing a butterflied flank steak with an aromatic scallion-ginger oil before grilling it over hot coals and serving with a teriyaki sauce. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Scallions, Ginger, and Teriyaki Glaze

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

Negimaki—grilled beef rolled around scallions and grilled with a sweet and savory teriyaki-style glaze—is one of my favorite Japanese appetizers. Here we've Super Mario mushroom'd it to full main course-sized proportions, stuffing a butterflied flank steak with an aromatic scallion-ginger oil before grilling it over hot coals and serving with a teriyaki sauce. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Salami, Fontina, Parmesan, and Breadcrumbs

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Two cheeses, salami, scallions, and bread crumbs are all rolled tightly inside a flank steak, which is then cut into pinwheels and grilled until charred on the outside and medium-rare and tender in the middle. More

The Food Lab: How to Make Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak Pinwheels

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 21 comments

Flank steak is one of those cuts of meat custom-built for the grill. When cooked right, it has a mild, beefy flavor and lean texture, with just the right amount of chew when you slice it thinly across the grain. Butterfly that flank steak and stuff it with flavor-packed ingredients like Italian cold cuts, cheeses, and punchy condiments, and you're really in business. A nice flank steak pinwheel is one of the fastest-cooking and most impressive-looking pieces of meat you can throw on the grill, the kind of thing to pull out when you want to impress the neighbors. More

Muffuletta-Style Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak (Stuffed With Salumi, Provolone, and Olive Salad)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

Inspired by the classic New Orleans muffuletta sandwich, we roll a butterflied flank steak with prosciutto, capicola, mortadella, provolone, and a punchy olive salad, then slice it into colorful pinwheels that get grilled over a hot fire. More

Sunday Supper: Red Wine-Marinated, Roasted Beef Tenderloin With Herb-Horseradish Cream

Sunday Supper Jennifer Olvera 8 comments

The first time I made this dish was for Christmas dinner, and it was an instant hit. Who can resist buttery-tender beef tenderloin with a red wine marinade and not one, but two sauces: a pan sauce made with the drippings and extra marinade, and a parsley, dill, and mint-flecked horseradish cream? More

Red Wine-Marinated, Roasted Beef Tenderloin With Herb-Horseradish Cream

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 1 comment

Red wine and herb-marinated beef tenderloin pairs with pan sauce and mint, parsley and dill-stippled horseradish cream. More

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja With Black Beans and Rice

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 10 comments

Ropa vieja, the classic Cuban dish of shredded stewed beef flavored with a vinegary tomato and pepper sauce, is a natural choice for the slow cooker, stewed all day and served with rice and beans. More

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