At Red Garter, we care about meat. Our Steakhouse opened in 2001, well before becoming trendy. Modelled after the traditional American diner, here you’ll find everything “barbecue”: traditional Florentine T-bone steak, sirloin, ribs, chicken …
Therefore we feel pretty qualified to demonstrate the 5 steps to cooking the perfect steak.
1. The raw material. Whether it is a T – bone, a Fiorentina, or an entrecôte, the essence doesn’t change: the meat shouldn’t be chosen by convenience. The first step towards a successful result is knowing the origin and maturation of the beef.
2. A question of philosophy. In Florence they have a saying, “Underneath the 4 fingers is carpaccio”. The four fingers are obviously the minimum unit of measure that a steak must have to reach the status of “Florentine”. But also for everything else, the thickness is one of the variables that determine the duration of the cooking.
3. The temperature. If you want to avoid a “hot on the outside, cold on the inside” final result, remember that the meat should only be cooked once it reaches room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator a few hours before and let it rest before tackling the difficult step of grilling.
4. Just say no to humidity. Browning, or the “Maillard Reaction” is the chemical process through which the mouthwatering “crust” on the meat is formed. Maillard doesn’t like moisture, not even for the juicy crust. Remember to dry the meat with paper towels before cooking it to remove all traces of the enemy.
5. Cooking. Well, we don’t need to tell you that the steak should be cooked on a real grill. But whether its cooked on the stovetop or on the grill, the temperature must be red-hot (not just hot, but scorching). And we also don’t need to tell you that the best materials – if not cooked on the barbecue – are iron and cast iron. Your dear friend the anti-adherent pan will simply dry out your steak, much to the pleasure of our friend Maillard (see above), who at this point has seen it all by now.
Want to taste the results of these suggestions but not feeling like attempting it yourself? Don’t worry, there’s always a table for you at Red Garter!