So yesterday I made a run to Costco and loaded up on paper goods and giant packages of necessities, and one of my purchases was a nice big package of top round steak. It was about the price of a good piece of beef at the grocery store, and I got 7 2-to-3 oz steaks out of it, plus a bunch of beef I ground up and boiled for the dog / made hamburgers out of. Score!!
I froze all the steaks but one, which I left out immediate use, and today lunchtime was the time. (jazz hands) It’s sunny and not cold enough to cause my lips to freeze right off my face, taxes are almost done, and I’m working on creative projects again. So, it’s celebration time.
I looked for a good way to cook this piece of meat, as always, and found this site:
There were several methods, but I really wanted something pan-seared, so I looked at the stove top method and liked it. So I heated up a pan and added about 1 Tbsp of oil and let that get nice and hot. Put in the steak and let it get a nice brown crust on the first side, then flipped it over. (I have a splatter screen and I use it religiously; I hate getting burned by spitting oil)
In the meantime, I got a Tbsp of butter and a clove of garlic ready to go in the pan for the last minute or so, as recommended by the website above. I crushed the garlic clove, then minced it down nice and small. Pulled out the steak and sliced that into strips to maximize the buttery/garlicky (how do you spell that?) surface area, then threw them all back in for a last finish.
After the steak came out, there was still lots of butter and garlic in the pan, and I hate wasting it. I threw in a bit of rice that was left over from yesterday and stir-fried it for a minute, then finished the whole thing off by pouring in a jot of sherry and cooking off the alcohol. Poured the rice etc. over the top of the steak, added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and voila!! Deliciousness!!