Happy Sunday! As you all may have figured out, I have been having a rough summer and have not been posting nearly as much as I would like. I’ve also been struggling with the message of my blog – is it a food blog? A lifestyle blog? A personal blog? A travel blog? But I’ve decided for the time being to let it be whatever it wants to be. Recipes, travel posts, life updates, and anything else I want to write about. There may be a time when I narrow down the topic of this blog, but I’ve decided to not worry about that this year! Too much is already on my plate.
This summer both my sister’s friend Deijohn and my friend Stephanie have been living with my family. It has been great to have such a full house! Deijohn has been cooking for our family at least three nights a week, and he makes the best food. One day I’ll have to get him to write a guest post with some of his recipes (which he makes up himself!!). The other day he was thawing out steak to cook dinner for Emma, and as he was leaving he offhandedly said to me, “do you want steak?” And I said, “is that a trick question?” Long story short, he left one of the steaks marinating in the fridge for Stephanie and me to share. (Gotta love him). This was amazing because it actually motivated me to cook a meal! But because I was feeling lazy (and didn’t really have that many vegetables on hand) I decided to make us steak and potatoes. (Side note: potatoes are a wonderful vegetable and also my favorite food item of all time).
Many people already know how to cook steak and potatoes on the grill. That’s great for you, and I would love your tips! I did not know what the heck I was doing. I’ve hardly touched our new gas grill since we bought it for Father’s Day, I’ve never cooked steak in my life, and I didn’t know how the potatoes would work out on the grill. I cut up the potatoes into wedges, dropping the wedges into a bowl of hot water to soak as I finished cutting the other potatoes. (I’ve read that this draws the starch out of the potato so that it crisps up better, but I’m usually too lazy to do it). I then dried them off and seasoned them with rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil. But when I went to put them into the oven (at 400°F for 20 or 30 minutes) I remembered that our oven isn’t working. Oops. So I decided that I would have to cook them on the grill. I wasn’t sure how that would go since they were already cut up into wedges, but they didn’t turn out half bad! I put down foil so they wouldn’t fall through the grill, closed the lid, and let them sit for probably 20 minutes on medium heat. I tried turning them a few times, but it was difficult because they stuck to the foil. I wish they would have gotten more burnt/brown on the outside – but they were still relatively crispy and delicious.
I have no idea what Deijohn marinated the steak with (I just know that I added garlic because I love garlic). I cooked the steak at high heat, 4 minutes on one side and 6 minutes on the other. It was a thin cut, so I thought that should be plenty of time, but it was still pretty red inside so I cooked it another minute or so. It had a bone, so the area near the bone took longer to cook than the rest of it. I was so stressed out about cooking steak for the first time – but it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be!
The point is that Stephanie and I ate a delicious meal that did not have a lot of nutritional value. Well, I suppose the potatoes were a good source of vitamin B-6 and C and the steak was a good source of iron and vitamin B-12. So there was some nutritional value to the meal … The moral of the story is that cooking on the grill and cooking steak are both easier than I anticipated. Sometimes it feels so good to get over a fear, even if you didn’t realize you had it. Who knew I was avoiding grilling out because I was afraid I would mess up? Bottom line: do what makes you afraid, and you will learn valuable lessons (and end up with delicious steak). Thanks for reading!
a basic steak and potato recipe
Assemble the marinade and put the marinating steak in the fridge (I really like using soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper)
Cut the potatoes into wedges and soak in hot water
Dry the potatoes and toss with olive oil and seasoning (I used salt, pepper, and rosemary)
Place foil onto the grill and turn on medium heat. Cook with the lid closed as much as possible, attempting to turn about halfway through. Cook until the potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork - about 20 minutes. (Alternatively, cook at 400°F for about 20 minutes, flip, and then cook another 10 minutes or so until done)
Remove the potatoes and foil from the grill. Turn the heat up to high and place the steak on the grill. Cook 4 minutes on one side, flip and cook another 5-8 minutes on the other side (depending on the size of the steak and how well done you want it).