Who can resist a nice, tender and juicy cut of grilled rib eye steak? And the best part is that you do not need a grill! Just use a good grill pan and that will create the grill marks on your food.
Eating steak every now and then will provide great protein and iron that is much needed for our muscles and red iron supply, especially for women. Just make sure to purchase organic , grass fed meat. You can keep the calories low by opting for a nice salad or a side of grilled vegetables instead of a starch.
Tonight I wanted to make a steak, but I also was craving some heat..some spicy heat. So I made a rub that will actually open your nasal passages and provide that great flavor of the beef. It’s a very basic hot rub but if you don’t like spicy you can just use salt and pepper and call it a day. It’s all about personal preference and your palate for the day.
Today I went to the Farmer’s Market in Union Square. I love to purchase food from there and support my local farmers. Their food is delicious and organic. Sometimes I wish I had a huge party to cook for because I can go a bit overboard with my purchases. They offer so many beautiful fruits, vegetables, eggs, breads, fish and meat! The best day to go is actually Saturday, bright and early, but hey I was in the area and needed some produce.
So, today I purchased a rib eye steak and some lovely blue oyster mushrooms., (along some other goodies). They go together so well!. What is nice about these oyster mushrooms is that you can use the whole mushroom. Just cut it up and saute for 6 minutes in some extra virgin olive oil, season with salt , the last minute ass 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and you have a beautiful compliment to your steak!
Depending on the size of your steak, you will have to adjust accordingly for the amount and spice you like. I purchased a 3/4 pound piece of steak so my “hot and spicy” seasoning consisted of the following:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
I mixed these spices together and then rubbed both sides of the steak with them. I then heated the skillet to hot. Then I drizzled some olive oil on the seasoned steak and placed onto the skillet. Let it cook for 6 minutes, untouched. I also cut a 1 inch thick piece of red onion and placed it along side the steak.Then turned it over for an additional 4 minutes. After that, I removed it from the skillet and allowed to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it.
While the steak was cooking I sauteed the mushrooms, about 1 cup, for 6 minutes over a medium low heat in some extra virgin olive oil. I sprinkled some salt over the mushrooms. Then I added 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and allowed that to evaporate. In the meantime I made a very simple arugula and tomato salad. Put it all together and voila!! A delicious and healthy meal! So try this recipe and as always, Enjoy!