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12 Ways to Cook a Steak By David Beart

Sometimes we get in a rut and eat the same thing over and over again. Well, if you've been fixing steak for the past few years in the same old ways, it's time for your taste buds to come alive with flavor. It's time for your spirit to soar with joy when you stimulate your new taste buds in very different ways. Here are some ideas for you on different ways to fix steak.

1 Add a Touch of the Ocean

Cut a slit in a steak that's one and a half inches thick and stuff a raw oyster in it. Skewer the slit shut with a toothpick. Grill the steak in a skillet and then place the steak on a warm plate. Use the pan drippings to sauté scallions and garlic. Add a little oyster juice to the mixture, warm briefly in the pan and pour over the grilled steak. Warning: This one may be good for the sex drive!

2 Simplicity is Often Best

Brush steak with melted butter before grilling or barbecuing. Right before serving, add salt and pepper.

3 Garlic Lovers Will Love This One

Cut garlic cloves in half. Rub garlic cloves on both surfaces of the raw steak. Cook steak over fire until done. Add sautéed onions, garlic, and parsley on top of steak when finished.

4 Papaya Rubs Tenderizers the Meat

With ripe papaya strips in your hand, rub the fruit into both surfaces of the steak before cooking. Use the fruit side, not the outer peel side. Set the steak aside at room temperature for 10 minutes. Repeat process two additional times. Then cook. This one helps improve digestion.

5 Mushroom Stuffed Steak

When your heart tells you to fix a steak as a comfort food, mushrooms may help.

With a big 2-inch t-bone steak or porterhouse, make several slits into the meat large enough to stuff a teaspoon of mushroom into the slit. Soak fresh button mushrooms in water for 20 minutes, then drain and dice. Add a sprinkle of herbs such as basil, oregano, dill, and rosemary. Mix together. Spoon into the slits. Close slits with a toothpick. Cook steak. Serve with mushroom gravy or mushroom soup on top steak.

6 Breakfast Steak

While steak is grilling in the broiler or in a skillet, fry an egg in clarified butter in another small skillet. Use clarified butter; you've probably been using regular butter all these years! Cook the egg sunny-side up. When the steak is finished cooking to your preferred doneness, transfer it to a warm plate. Add the egg on top. With a little salt and pepper, you're ready to go.

7 Cowboy Style Outside on the Range

With all the ways to fix a steak, cowboys loved to fire up the campfire and add dried cow manure to the fire. After the fire is at the right temperature, add the steak to the grate about 4 inches away from the heat source. Salt and pepper to taste. One cowboy reported that he wasn't too thrilled about the preparation method until he tasted the steak. There were no leftovers that night!

8. Shake the Steak With Herbs

Get a plastic bag or ziplock bag. Add 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, a few tablespoons of olive oil, a half cup wine, and herbs such as 1/2 teaspoon basil, oregano, summer savory, thyme, lemon pepper and salt. Just shake the herbs into the bag into a surprising combination. Add the steak to the bag. Shake, thus coating the steak with the mixture. Remove steak from bag and grill. This steak will be filled with flavor. You'll want to call all your friends and tell them how this one tastes.

9. Shake The Steak with Herbs and Flour

There are so many variations of how to fix steak it would amaze even your grandfather. This time, get another plastic bag. Add 1/2 cup white wine, a few tablespoons of olive oil, a few tablespoons of flour, and herbs such as 1/2 teaspoon basil, oregano, summer savory, thyme, lemon pepper and salt. Add the steak to the bag. Shake, thus coating the steak with the mixture. Remove from bag and grill. Serve with a bottle of wine.

10. Love Anchovies? Fix a Steak with Them!

Fix your steak as usual, grilling it, broiling it or barbecuing it. When it's finished, add a salty topping of diced green olives with red pimento and anchovies.

11. Kiwi Peach Steak

Of all the ways to fix a steak, this is my favorite. Take one very ripe kiwi and one very ripe peach and dice into very small pieces. These fruits should be very juicy. Mix in a nonmetallic bowl. Use this as your marinade for the meat: add the steak to the bowl, covering the steak with the mixture. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 6 hours. Then when you're ready to cook, wipe off the fruit from the steak and place on grill. Great flavor. Serve with peach pudding when you're feeling fruity!

12. Soy Sauce Standby

Use soy sauce as a marinade. Add up to 1/2 cup wine and kitchen herbs to the marinade. Soak steak in mixture for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Makes a very tasty steak.


Tips On Cooking Seafood - Clams

They are usually supplied ready to cook by your fish supplier, but since they spend their lives in the sand they might be gritty, so could need cleaning before cooking. If so, scrub the outside of the Clams with a stiff brush, make up a mix of 1/3rd of a cup of sea salt to a gallon of water, or use clean sea water if you can, add ½ cup of corn meal to help whiten the meat in the Clam, and leave to stand in a very cool place for six hours. Check one or two by steaming open in a pan with a drop of water. If sand is still present then repeat the process. I can hear some of you saying it is not worth the effort, but it will be worth it when you get them cooked in front of you. You can also buy frozen and tinned Clams, but it is not the same as the fresh option.

Tip 1. Plain and simple Clam cooking

This is really very plain and simple cooking of Clams. For a starter or nibble you will need around 400 g of Clams in their shells. If any do not close when tapped discard them because they will be dead. In a suitable saucepan soften a tablespoon of onion and a garlic clove, both finely chopped, add the Clams with a glass of dry white wine a sprig or two of chopped parsley, put the lid on the pan and steam until open. The process will not take more than two or three minutes. If you cook them too long they will feel like shoe leather. If any of the Clams do not open discard. Serve in a bowl with the juice and a chunk of lemon With some good home-made bread they will taste wonderful.

Tip 2. Clam cooking with style and flair

This version is an extended and enhanced version of the above and could turn the dish into a main course. You can choose your own combinations to match your own tastes, but the one that I suggest has an Iberian influence to it. Use the same ingredients as in 'Plain and Simple' but replace the white wine with a good red wine, per person add 75 g of chopped Chorizo sausage, tablespoons of diced red pepper and de seeded and skinned tomatoes, 75 g of small chunks of potato and a sprinkle of paprika, and steam until opened A great taste from Spain.

Tip 3. Something a little different for cooking Clams

An alternative to Scallops. Served in Scallop shell with a circle of mashed potato surrounding. You will need 75 g of lightly cooked Clam meat per person, along with 25 g onion and a clove of garlic chopped, 125 ml of shellfish stock or strong fish stock, a dash of Pernod, flour to thicken, 50 ml of double cream, 15 g grated Parmesan and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs.

Soften the onion and garlic in a pan with a touch of Olive oil, add the stock, add the cream and Pernod. Check the consistency the sauce needs to coat the back of a spoon, if not thicken with flour mixed with water. Add the Clams to warm, not cook. Place in the centre of a Scallop shell or something similar, surround with mashed potato, top with the cheese and breadcrumbs and grill until golden brown.