I have never had any beef with a vegetarian. In fact I have always had an amount of respect for the discipline it must take to refrain from the pure delight some animal proteins bring to the rest of us meat lovers. Personally as a chef, I have found living with a vegetarian as a chef, impossible. It just can and should not work. My mistake for trying, and in the end my decision to move on.
Now single, I indulge myself with a home cooked cast iron steak. The cast iron being a well seasoned 2 decade old pan(believe me this can really affect the flavor profile of the meat.) So here is the breakdown!
1. 1 14oz ny steak
2. 1 large cast iron skillet (well seasoned)
3. 1 oz olive oil
4. salt and pepper to taste
Remove the steak from refrigerator, season both sides with salt and pepper and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place the skillet on a medium high burner and add the oil. When you see a small amount of smoke rising from the pan add the well seasoned steak. Allow the steak to caramelize on both side about 3 1/2 minutes each side. Finish by putting cast iron in a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. Remove the steak and let rest on a plate.
1. 4 oz coffee
2. 1 oz teriyaki sauce
3. 1 tsp paprika
Deglaze the cast iron skillet with the coffee. Add the teriyaki and paprika and allow to reduce by half. The sauce is done when it coats a spoon without dripping! Add the sauce to the steak and enjoy!