Blog of an aspiring foodie

When in doubt, I cook rice

Posted by beer_chris on 8-November-2006

Didn't have a clue what to do tonight. Had a pair of NY Strip steaks I got out of the Kroger discount bin on Saturday – hand intended to cook them Sunday night but forgot that was Jim's birthday dinner.

Absolutely had to do something with them tonight, and really didn't have either the oomph or the sides to have steaks.

So, I cooked rice.

I cut the steaks into pieces and made some rice, sauteed the steak bits in some butter and used the fond to mix up a little pan sauce.

The spice mix I used for the sauce was too spicy and not quite balanced, but I'm sitkcing it down here for future reference:

Pan sauce with Wednesday night NY Strip steak chunks

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp ground coriander
sprinkle salt
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp Northwoods seasoning
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 cup beef stock
1 tbsp butter (for polishing) + drippings from steak chunks

MUCH too spicy – the Northwoods and freshly ground pepper bloomed way too much before I added the stock and it was overwhelmingly peppery. I aslo sprinkled some freshly ground pepper on the steak while it sauteed.

The coriander seed really added a lot of flavor. I've been focused on the 'earthy' flavors lately and this is a spicy earthy flavor.

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