Thursday, March 29, 2012

Different Regional Ways to Enjoy Rib Eye Steaks

I was approached by a fellow blogger who follows my site, Nicole, who asked if I needed a guest post. Being so busy with my new personal chef job and my son now living with us again, I couldn't say no. She is going to talk about a tasty steak meal easy for anyone to make...

There is nothing quite like a steak that has been cooked to perfection. Whether you like to pan fry or grill your steaks, you most likely have a favorite marinade or blend of spices that you enjoy. Sometimes it’s nice to keep the seasonings simple and let the flavor of the beef stand out, but there are times when it’s exciting to try something completely different. Incorporating flavors from different countries or regions is a great way to jazz up your favorite steak recipe. While most of these work best with rib eyes, you can use the cut that you like best. Here are some tasty ideas to get you started.

If you like Italian food, you can use traditional Tuscan flavors when you prepare your steaks. You can start by rubbing the meat with olive oil and garlic and further seasoning it with sea salt and ground pepper. If you grill the steaks, you can also grill some fresh tomato slices at the same time. When the steaks are done, you can top them with the tomatoes, some fresh mozzarella slices and some fresh basil leaves. For extra flavor, you can drizzle some olive oil over the top.

For a Greek-style feast, you can rub the rib eyes or your steak of choice, with olive oil, salt, cumin, ground oregano and lots of pepper. After grilling your steaks, you can top them with some crumbled feta cheese and a few Kalamata olives. If you like spicy food, you can also add some hot peppers on the side. The feta cheese will melt slowly into the steak, and the result will be incredibly delicious.

Chipotle peppers are commonly used in a variety of Southwestern dishes, and they go very well with steaks. Chipotles are smoked, dried jalapeno peppers that often come canned in adobo sauce, careful because they are definitely spicy. You can tone the heat down by mixing them with butter to create a very flavorful sauce. You can combine chipotles and butter in a food processor or a blender then drop a spoonful of the mixture over your finished steaks. You can also add some chopped cilantro to your plate for additional flavor.

Either way you choose, its grilling season, so across the board, whatever method you choose, you will be in for a treat. Spend the perfect evening encompassing that style and find your favorite sides to accompany. Look at this as an opportunity to prepare a side of potato pancakes or lemon orzo. It’s never too late to make your dinner a theme party!

Nicole Adams
Omaha Steaks

I have not received any compensation for this guest post, nor will I in the future. I have enjoyed Omaha Steaks via my hubs step-dad and feel this product is a good one.