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Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Special Father's Day Request...

First of all, I want to wish all the fathers out there a wonderful Father's Day.  Some celebrate with their dads, others celebrate the memories.  Either way, it is a truly special day to show appreciation.

Evidently, one of my devoted followers requested that I cook something basic.....on the grill....something he can do!  So, the ONLY answer I could come up with was rib eye steaks.  One cannot go wrong cooking these beauties.  They are the easiest steaks to cook.  Most meats are better when marinated; not rib eyes.  The best thing to do to prepare them for grilling is about 2 hours before, put the steaks on a pan and cover both sides with kosher salt.  The salt will draw out a lot of the juice, but this is actually going to make them unbelievably tender, not dry!   Just before you are ready to grill them, wash off all the salt and pat dry.  I add a touch of garlic powder and pepper, but you don't have to add anything if you don't want to.  They will cook the best if they are room temperature.

While the steaks are salting, I wash and cut up small red and white potatoes.  I am kind of famous in my house for making some really sweet roasted potatoes, so listen up!  Salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, basil, mustard powder, thyme, and olive oil.  Roasting them in the convection oven really speeds up the process, but if you don't have one, just use a hot oven, about 425 for a good 30-45 minutes.
                                   Before.....                                          After...........


The last thing I get ready is the zucchini.  I am hooked on roasting vegetables, mostly because they have the best flavor and retain all their vitamins and minerals.  I sliced 3 zucchini, coated with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Popped them in a 475 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until they start to brown.  When done, I take them out and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and add a little butter.

Now, get your grill nice and hot and grill for about 10-12 minutes on each side.  Do not open the grill while you are cooking the first side.  Use tongs or a spatula to flip...never stab them with a fork.  You may think that they aren't cooked after the time cooked, but when they sit, they will continue to cook a bit more.  If you like your steak well done, then you need to cook them about 15-20 minutes on each side. Rib eye steaks are probably one of the most flavorful steaks and should never be over cooked!  Slice them up, and mangia!

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