Being a great hunter is only a portion of the equation to being a man. The one thing that stands between even the greatest hunter and a great meal is his ability to prepare and cook it.
A raw slab of meat plus an open fire = food. But a sirloin cut steak plus Cognac Flambé = the perfect steak. And yes, you could visit a fancy steakhouse to try and impress a date, or you could truly impress her by cooking your own. And it really is not that hard so long as you’ve got a great teacher. And we’ve got two of the best.
Gordon Ramsay’s Steak Diane
All you need to begin is an extremely hot pot and these 10 ingredients:
- 4 x small sirloin steaks, approx 7 oz.
- 3 shallots, peeled
- 4 ounces crimini mushrooms (or button mushrooms), cleaned
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 -2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup brandy or cognac
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Handful of flat-leaf parsley
Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Steak
There is more than one way to cook the perfect steak and Jamie Oliver’s version gets simplified down to only six ingredients and one carefully chosen piece of meat:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- 1 knob (let’s just it, tablespoon) of salted butter
- 1 garlic clove, halved
- Rosemary or Thyme, bunched on the handle of a spoon to act as a brush
And in case you still have questions, the below chart should help you work through most of them.