The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means — endless weeks of family gatherings and dinners. Most people see this as a time to reconnect with family members they haven’t seen or chatted to in a while. Therefore, making the time unique and memorable for everyone is ideal.
If you’re tired of serving your family the same old recipe you’ve been preparing for years, there are ways you can shake things up for your next family dinner. Indulge your carnivorous side with a classic steak dinner — here are 3 ways to make the most out of steaks.
Pan-Seared Oven-Roasted Steak
A popular way to prepare steak is to pan-sear it first then roast it in the oven for a few minutes. This gives it a much better-tasting finish as opposed to just roasting it directly. Of course, the secret to a good steak is not in the cooking technique alone — you also need the perfect beef cut for the recipe. Crowd Cow’s menu options have a robust selection of steak cuts. For a pan-seared, oven-roasted recipe, we recommend getting either a rib-eye, sirloin, or New York steak. As much as possible, choose a thick steak that has a good amount of marbling.
The great thing about pan-seared, oven-roasted steak is that you can pair it with a variety of carbohydrates and vegetables. If you have children attending a family dinner, a great way to encourage them to eat what you serve is to prepare your steak with roasted vegetables and mash. You can roast the vegetables with the steak for a more flavorful meal. Or you can place them in a separate pan and roast them separately.
Smoked Beef Brisket
Are you planning to hold an alfresco family dinner at home?
Smoked Beef Briskets make for a filling, juicy, and flavor-packed meal. To make smoked beef brisket is easy; however, you may need a pellet or electric smoker in the process. If you only have a charcoal griller, that’s completely fine to use, too. Just keep in mind that it might cause your beef brisket to cook a different way — it may even burn it.
The ingredients are also quite simple to find: Just salt and pepper to taste, olive oil, and a steak rub. You can make your own steak rub if you’re someone who prefers a complete DIY approach to making smoked beef briskets. But you can also buy pre-made steak rubs from the store.
Not sure what steak cut you should get for your smoked beef brisket? Carnivore Style has many meat-buying guides that can help you choose the right meats.
Beef and Plum Stir Fry
Looking for something swanky to decorate your dining table during your next family dinner? A Beef and Plum Stir Fry is exactly the sweet-and-savory meal that you and your family need to experience.
Being of Chinese origin, a beef and plum stir fry will require several spices and sauces to achieve the dish. So, if you decide to add this to your arsenal of steak ideas, make sure you have the following ingredients in hand: peanut oil, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, star anise, plum juice, and Thai basil.
Beef and plum stir fry is best paired with rice; however, a classic mashed potato is also a great alternative.
There’s more than one way to make your family dinners more unique and fun. Besides the recipes above, you can also pair your beef and plum stir fry with a good homemade cocktail. You can even alter the ingredients in a recipe and make it your own. This will surely give your family a unique and much more memorable experience.