Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to cook your entrecôte steak to perfection.
FYI (For your information):
When looking for the perfect steak, make sure it has sufficient marbling (small steaks of fat running through steak.)
Step 1: Holy smokes!
Add a pinch of salt and pepper and taste on either side of the steak, and press it into the meat. Add oil to a hot pan, until the oil smokes. "Even though smoking isn't good for you," when it comes to steak, "it's really good," says Chef Lambiase.
Step 2: Not too hot, not too cold
Place the steak into the hot pan. it is very important to make sure it is room temperature before you place it into the oil. If not, it may turn out tougher than you'd like.
Step 3: Shake, shake, shake
Give the pan a little bit of a shake, and let the meat brown for about 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, flip the steak, and after 30 seconds flip it again. Continue doing this until the steak is cooked to your liking.
Do you know how to tell when your steak is ready?
Use Chef Lambiase's special "Finger Test" to know exactly how long to cook your steak.
Rare: If your steak is the same consistency as the heel of your hand when it is relaxed.
Medium: If your steak is the same consistency as the heel of your hand when your thumb and index finger are lightly pressed together.
Well done: If your steak is the same consistency as the heel of your hand when your thumb and middle finger are lightly pressed together.
Over-cooked: If your steak is the same consistency as the heel of your hand when your thumb and ringer finger are lightly pressed together.
Let the steak rest for about four minutes before serving. The juices will remain in the steak, rather than running out immediately.
Chef Yochanan Lambiase heralds from five generations of chefs from Southern Italy. He trained under some of the most famous Michelin Star Chefs in the world. He was the founder of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute Chef Yochanan appears regularly on radio and television as well as contributing cooking articles. Now, through the videos of cooking with Jpost.com, Chef Yochanan will guide you through a tantalizing and trendy gourmet kosher experience Contact Chef Yochanan at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about his exciting culinary and wine tasting tours, cooking classes, culinary happenings and out of the box culinary events.
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