Our restaurant-inspired Thyme and Garlic Basted NY Striploin with Roasted Potatoes and Slow Braised Mushrooms is just the ticket for such a delightful dining experience. In the world of dining, there’s something undeniably special about a restaurant-inspired steak dinner that you can whip up in the comfort of your own kitchen in 30 minutes or less. This culinary feat allows you to treat yourself on a random Tuesday night or share a memorable dinner with a loved one on those extra-special occasions, like birthdays or anniversaries.
Let me share a little secret with you. As an executive chef at a reputable hotel restaurant, I’ve always had one essential litmus test for the aspiring cooks who join our culinary team – the mastery of the perfect steak. A steak is, at its core, a fundamental dish, and mastering it is a culinary milestone. It’s the cornerstone of countless restaurant menus, and it’s a skill that can truly set a chef apart. That’s why I’m excited to bring you this recipe, which takes the bold flavors and dining experience you’d find in a top-notch steakhouse and translates them into a delectable, 30-minute meal that you can savor in the comfort of your own home.
Now, speaking of steakhouse experiences, it’s worth noting that steakhouses have a special place in the culinary scene worldwide, but perhaps nowhere more than in the United States. From the iconic Peter Luger in Brooklyn, New York, to the upscale elegance of Smith and Wollensky, or the renowned chains like Del Frisco’s, these dining establishments are synonymous with splurging on exceptional cuts of meat and indulging in the finest dining experiences.
People flock to steakhouses for celebratory occasions, whether it’s a promotion at work, an anniversary, or just the desire to savor a perfectly cooked steak. With our restaurant-inspired steak dinner recipe, you can bring that memorable steakhouse experience right to your own table. So, let’s embark on this culinary adventure together and create a wow-worthy dinner that’s perfect for those special moments or any day you want to treat yourself like a true food
Ingredients for a restaurant-inspired steak dinner
12-14 oz Prime NY Striploin (1 inch thick):
The star of the show, this prime cut NY Striploin is the heart of your dish, grilled to perfection for a juicy, flavorful steak.
1 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced:
Shallots add a subtle, sweet, and savory flavor to the pan sauce, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
2 garlic cloves, smashed:
Smashed garlic infuses the butter and oil with a delightful garlicky aroma and taste, enhancing the richness of the steak.
2 sprigs fresh thyme:
Fresh thyme sprigs are used to infuse the butter and oil, imparting a fragrant, herbal note to the steak and pan sauce.
2 tbsp butter:
Butter adds a luxurious, rich, and velvety finish to the pan sauce, elevating the flavor and texture of the dish.
2 tbsp oil:
Oil is used for searing the steak, ensuring a beautiful, golden-brown crust and locking in the juices for a perfectly cooked steak.
Equipment for a restaurant-inspired steak-dinner
Cast Iron Pan:
The cast iron pan is essential for searing the NY Striploin, creating a beautifully caramelized crust on the steak, and ensuring even cooking.
The sauce spoon is used to baste the steak in the cast iron pan as well as drizzle the flavorful pan sauce over the steak, enhancing its taste and presentation.
Pair of Tongs:
Tongs are your trusty tools for flipping and handling the steak in the hot pan, allowing you to achieve that perfect sear and even cooking.
How to Cook a Steak Dinner in 6 Easy Steps
Let It Warm Up
Before you start, give your steak a cozy five to ten minutes at room temperature. It’s like a little pre-game warm-up to ensure you’re not working with a chilly piece of meat.
Fire Up the Iron
Turn the heat up! Heat your trusty cast iron pan over medium-high heat for three minutes. It’s about to get sizzling in there.
Season and Sizzle
Get ready to make the magic happen. Season your steak with a generous sprinkle of kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Now, add a touch of oil to the pan. Place the steak in the pan, but do it gracefully—away from you to avoid any unexpected oil splatters. Gently press the steak down to ensure it hugs the pan for an even, irresistible sear.
Flip to Gold
After about three minutes, when you spot that golden-brown crust forming on one side, it’s time to make the big flip. Cook it for an additional two minutes on the other side. But, here’s a little secret: lower the heat to medium-low to take it to the next level.
The Flavor Symphony
It’s time to add the orchestra of flavors. Toss in those thinly sliced shallots, those smashed garlic cloves, and those fragrant thyme sprigs. And don’t forget the butter. Let them all mingle and dance in the pan while you baste your steak for a glorious two to three minutes.
The Waiting Game
The hardest part—waiting. Let the steak rest on a plate for a well-deserved four to five minutes before you even think about slicing into it. This is how the magic happens, allowing the steak to keep all its natural juices and flavors locked in and you’ll be enjoying your restaurant-inspired steak dinner in just a few.
Recipe Variations for a Restaurant-Inspired Steak Dinner
Variation 1: The Rib-Eye Delight
If you’re in the mood for a change, give the rib-eye steak a try. Its marbling adds extra juiciness and flavor. Follow the same steps, and you’ll enjoy a Rib-Eye Delight, a delicious twist on the classic NY Strip.
Variation 2: The Mighty Porterhouse
For a heartier experience, choose the porterhouse steak. It’s a blend of tender filet mignon and robust New York strip. Follow our NY Striploin steps, and you’ll savor The Mighty Porterhouse, a carnivore’s dream. Get ready for big, bold flavors.
- Choose the Perfect Cut: To achieve that mouthwatering golden sear, make sure your steak is cut to a thickness of 3/4 to 1 inch. It’s the ideal canvas for a beautiful steak masterpiece.
- Opt for Prime Quality: When it comes to steak, don’t skimp on quality. Always go for PRIME grade. The price difference is minimal, and you’re treating yourself to a special occasion. Go big and savor the finest!
- Check the Sear: Before you flip your steak entirely, take a peek at the bottom. Ensure that you’re achieving an even sear all around. It’s the secret to that impeccable crust.
- Heat Things Up: Your pan should be blazing hot before the steak hits it. This is the key to that sizzling sear that locks in all the juices and flavor.
- Embrace the Wait: I know it’s hard to resist after seeing that perfectly cooked steak, but please give it just 5 minutes before you start slicing. It’s a patience game, and it’s absolutely worth it. During these precious moments, you can plate the rest of the elements for your presentation, like those delicious potatoes and mushrooms. The anticipation builds the flavor!
The Story Behind The Steak Dinner
Where does this restaurant-inspired steak dinner, which can be prepared in just 30 minutes, draw its roots? Well, you can trace its origins to the heart of American culinary culture: the classic American steakhouses.
In the United States, our love affair with expertly cooked steaks is practically legendary. These steakhouses have played a pivotal role in shaping our dining landscape, emerging as a response to the booming cattle industry in the early 19th century.
Our recipe embodies the essence of American steakhouses. It brings together the bold flavors of a perfectly cooked NY Striploin steak, generously seasoned with thyme and garlic. This combination captures the very essence of American steakhouse cuisine, where seasoning is an art, and a burst of flavors is the goal.
As diners gather in iconic steakhouses like Peter Luger in Brooklyn, New York, Smith and Wollensky, or Del Frisco’s, they savor not only the impeccable quality of the meat but also the timeless ambiance and warmth that make every visit special. These are the places where people head to celebrate significant moments, from promotions to anniversaries – a testament to the joy of dining out and indulging in a top-notch steakhouse experience.
Our restaurant-inspired recipe allows you to bring the spirit of these cherished American steakhouses into your own kitchen, all in the span of just 30 minutes. So, whether it’s a random weeknight treat or a special occasion, you can enjoy the flavors and traditions of a steakhouse from the comfort of your home.
Common FAQs I get about a restaurant-inspired steak dinner
Q1: What Steak Do You Recommend?
It’s a tough choice, but let me tell you, I don’t usually go for filet mignon. It lacks that meaty flavor I adore. Between striploin and ribeye, I lean towards ribeye. That marbling, the delicious streaks of fat, adds an extra level of juiciness and flavor. Plus, I’d always say, go for PRIME. It doesn’t cost much more, and if you’re treating yourself, why not indulge in the best?
Q2: What Sauce Do You Use?
When it comes to sauce, I like to keep it simple. After you’ve cooked your steak to perfection, it just needs a sprinkle of fleur de sel and a grind of fresh cracked black pepper. But if you’re in the mood for a sauce, classics like red wine sauce, chimichurri, or béarnaise can be perfect partners for your steak.
How Do You Know the Steak’s Temperature Is Right?
I don’t rely on a thermometer. It’s all about the feel. When you press the steak and it gives just a bit, like pressing your finger on the fleshy part of your hand, you know it’s done.
What Sides Go With a Restaurant-Inspired Steak Dinner?
- Roasted Vegetables: Roasted asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or carrots are a healthy and flavorful choice. Their slightly charred and caramelized exteriors complement the steak’s richness.
- Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic accompaniment, offering a wonderful contrast in texture and flavor. You can add garlic or herbs to elevate them.
- Sautéed Mushrooms: If your steak isn’t already served with mushrooms, consider sautéing them in butter, garlic, and thyme. Their earthy richness pairs beautifully with steak.
- Creamed Spinach: Creamed spinach is a classic steakhouse side dish. Its creamy, savory goodness goes hand in hand with a juicy steak.
- Onion Rings: Crispy, golden onion rings provide a delightful crunch and a touch of sweetness to complement the savory steak.
Is steak and potatoes a good meal?
Absolutely, steak and potatoes make for a classic and satisfying meal. Here’s why this combination is so beloved:
- Balanced Nutrition: Steak provides a rich source of protein and essential nutrients like iron and B-vitamins. It’s an excellent choice for those looking to meet their protein needs. Potatoes offer carbohydrates, fiber, and additional nutrients, creating a balanced plate.
- Versatility: Steak and potatoes offer endless variations. You can prepare the steak in various ways, from grilling to pan-searing, and the same goes for potatoes—roasted, mashed, or fried. This versatility allows you to tailor the meal to your preferences.
- Comforting and Filling: A steak and potatoes meal is hearty and filling, making it ideal for those times when you want a satisfying and comforting dinner.
- Popular Choice: This combination is a staple in many cultures and cuisines, enjoyed by people worldwide. It’s a favorite in American steakhouses, but variations can be found in many international dishes.
- Customization: You can customize the steak and potatoes meal with a variety of sides, sauces, and seasonings to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Add a side salad, mushrooms, or your favorite steak sauce for a personal touch.
While steak and potatoes may not be an everyday meal due to their richness, they are a go-to choice for special occasions, celebrations, and those moments when you want a comforting and indulgent dinner. It’s a tried-and-true combination that has stood the test of time, loved by many for its hearty and delicious qualities.
How do you present a restaurant-inspired steak dinner?
Presenting a steak dinner beautifully can enhance the dining experience. Here are some tips on how to present a steak dinner:
Choose the Right Plate:
Select an appropriate dinner plate that provides enough space for the steak and accompanying sides without overcrowding. A classic white or neutral-colored plate works well, as it allows the steak’s colors to stand out.
Place the cooked steak at the center of the plate as the focal point of the meal. Always place the main ingredient facing 6 o’clock, facing you.
Sides Framing the Steak:
Position the side dishes, such as potatoes, vegetables, or mushrooms, around the steak. Place them at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
Take the thyme you used to baste the steak with and place it on top of the steak for a pop of color and freshness. Then add some of those shallots and smashed garlic on top.
If you’re serving the steak with a sauce (by that I mean the natural sauces from the pan), drizzle or spoon it over the steak or alongside it. This is extra flavor.
Add color contrast to the plate by incorporating colorful vegetables or a side salad. The mix of colors makes the presentation more visually appealing. In the video below you’ll see that I added roasted potatoes and braised mushrooms.
Wipe any drips or smudges from the plate’s edges for a clean and polished appearance. That’s the pro chef’s touch.
Keep the presentation relatively simple and avoid overcrowding the plate. The focus should be on the steak, so avoid excessive garnishes or distractions. Never add garnishes that were not actually used in cooking or part of the ingredients.
A well-set dining table with appropriate dinnerware, cutlery, and glassware complements the overall presentation.
Remember that presentation isn’t just about aesthetics; it can also influence the perception of flavor and dining enjoyment. A beautifully presented steak dinner can make your meal feel more special and indulgent.
Food and Cocktail Pairing
To create a well-rounded dining experience with your steak dinner, consider these dessert, side dish, wine, and cocktail or mocktail options:
- Chocolate Lava Cake: The rich, molten center of a chocolate lava cake pairs beautifully with the savory steak dinner.
- Crème Brûlée: This creamy, custard-based dessert with a caramelized sugar crust offers a delightful contrast to the meal.
- Cheesecake: A classic cheesecake, plain or with fruit topping, complements the richness of the steak.
- Creamed Spinach: A velvety, earthy companion that complements the richness of your steak.
- Buttered Asparagus: Fresh and slightly sweet, offering a beautiful contrast to your hearty steak.
- Sauteed Green Beans: A vibrant, crunchy addition that balances the meal’s heartiness.
- Scalloped Potatoes: Creamy, cheesy, and comforting, creating a well-rounded meal.
- Mashed Potatoes or Potato Puree (Pommes Puree): Silky, buttery, and indulgent, the perfect match for your steak.
Red Wine: A classic pairing with steak, a bold and tannic red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Malbec complements the meat’s flavors.
- Classic Martini: A classic gin or vodka martini with olives or a twist of lemon is a sophisticated choice to enjoy before or with the meal.
- Old Fashioned: A whiskey-based Old Fashioned cocktail with a hint of sweetness pairs well with the flavors of steak.
- Sparkling Water with Lime: Simple sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lime offers a crisp and refreshing alternative.
Remember to adapt the dessert, side dishes, and beverage choices to your personal preferences and those of your guests. The goal is to create a well-balanced and enjoyable dining experience that complements the steak dinner. To learn more about food and cocktail pairings, read our blog post HERE.
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