May 1st, 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Gift Boxed Filet Mignon

It’s almost time to celebrate Mom!

And how better to honor her than by making her life easier? Feed her!

Hey, she’s fed you for all these years, it’s time to return the favor. And not with just any old meal.

Mom deserves filet mignon.

That’s right.

Present her with steaks that are butter tender. Perhaps beautifully gift boxed.

Then cook them for her.

And clean up.

She won’t know what hit her. And you’ll be in her good graces for months to come.

See, friends, my Mother’s Day Gift Guide consists of one item: steak.

That’s all it takes to show her how much you love and appreciate her. Simple!


April 29th, 2015

Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Jumbo Shrimp

Seafood in the spring is always a fun, fresh alternative that’s light and delicious.

If you’re a shrimp lover you’ll adore this recipe for Shrimp Scampi that’s oh, so flavorful.

I just love the garlicky scampi and the citrus garnish. Makes it so refreshing!

Ingredients:
18 Jumbo Shrimp
1/4 cup butter
4 tbsp. garlic, minced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh
8 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Rinse Jumbo Shrimp and set aside. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic 1-2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add shrimp, green onions, wine and lemon juice. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm – 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Add chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs.

Servings: 6

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company


April 27th, 2015

Primo Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Prime Rib Roast

It’s finally time to get outdoors!

If you’re like me, you’re firing up the grill every chance you get. Preparing great food while enjoying the great outdoors is a one-two punch of happiness for me.

How about mixing it up with this Grilled, Smoked Prime Rib recipe that takes a traditionally inside meal – outside!

Ingredients:
1 (5 lb.) Prime Rib Roast
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. sage
salt and pepper
wood chips for smoking, such as hickory, apple or cherry

Directions: Combine the spices and garlic in a bowl with the garlic, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Coat the Prime Rib Roast heavily and evenly and set aside until the coals are ready. Get coals ready for grilling and soak wood chips in water, wine or apple juice for smoking. When the coals are extremely hot, sear the roast over the hottest part of the grill evenly on all sides. Add the wood chips and move to the coolest part of the grill. In a flat smoker, this is farther from the firebox. In a column smoker, this is higher up from the coals. The ideal smoker heat and time is 300 degrees for two hours.

If you don’t have a thermometer on your smoker, continue checking the coals and wood chips. Use a meat thermometer until your roast has an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Remove from the smoker and let rest thirty minutes before slicing.

Servings: 6 to 8

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company

Want more ideas on how to incorporate a rib roast into your springtime cooking? Check out these prime rib roast recipe ideas and cook up something great!


April 24th, 2015

Spring Grilling Ideas

Steak is perfect at any time of year. And spring is no different.

But there’s so much more we can do in addition to grilling steaks. Springtime is a time to mix it up a bit. Create some dishes you’ve been craving all winter.

Go for some tenderloin tips and grill some killer beef kabobs. Steaks on a stick, I like to call them.

Steak Kabobs

Try some skirt steak and make a great, fresh steak salad with all your favorite veggies.

Strip Steak Salad

Create some beautiful steak pinwheels and roll your beef in fresh dough for a treat that’s as tasty as it is beautiful!

The sun is out and it’s time for some creative spring grilling! What are you going to try?


April 22nd, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a Steak

Filet Mignon on Grill

When you learned how to grill steak, no doubt you just covered the basics.

That’s what we all do in the beginning.

But now that you’re a bona fide steak aficionado, we’ve got to step up our technique a bit.

People are counting on you.

Grilling steaks is an artform. But like all art, there are some guidelines to follow, then you can put your own artistic flair on it.

Watch this steak grilling video for some great chef advice on the best way to grill a steak.

Then, use this handy dandy steak grilling chart for guidelines on how to achieve the doneness you desire for the cut you choose.

Check these steak cooking tips out for cut-specific tips. Yes, each cut has its own set of rules.

See? There’s so much to consider. It’s more than just flipping meat on a grill! But follow advice from chefs who know and you’ll have the greatest tasting steaks around!

 


April 20th, 2015

Thin Sliced Top Sirloin Recipes!

Thin sliced Top Sirloin is absolutely exquisite in between two delicious rolls. Seriously, a sandwich with thinly sliced beef? Count me in!

This delicate, thin Top Sirloin gives you everything great steaks have to offer – only thinner!

That gives these sirloin steaks a great advantage. They’re so versatile.

Philly Cheesesteaks? Yes!

top sirloin sliced

French Dips? All the way.

Skirt Steak Fajitas

Fajitas? Stir Fry? Check! Check!

Stir Fry

Need more recipe inspiration for thin sliced Top Sirloin? Check these out www.kansascitysteaks.com/Recipe-Recipe.

Have fun experimenting with this tasty beef with so many possibilities!


April 17th, 2015

Gift-Boxed Steak for Administrative Professionals Day!

Gift Boxed Kansas City Strip Steaks

Is there an administrative professional who makes your life easier? Thank him or her with delicious steaks on their special day!

Gift-boxed steak makes a statement. It says, “I want you to know you’re appreciated.”

Not only are the steaks inside delicious and gorgeous (think filet mignons or Kansas City strip steak) but they’re packaged so beautifully they invite you to peek inside. And THAT’s where the real gift lies.

And, hey, you get to enjoy making someone’s day. Now that’s a win-win I can get behind!

 


April 15th, 2015

Steak Sandwich Recipes

top sirloin sliced

A delicious steak sandwich works any time of day at my house. And usually we use sirloin sandwich steaks in between the bread, but there are so many variations of amazing steak sandwiches that’s it’s best not to limit oneself to just one cut.

I mean, if we only stuck to one cut of beef like sirloin steak, we’d leave out something incredible like this Peppercorn Steak Hoagie with Watercress, Aged Cheddar and Horseradish Mayonnaise that calls for Kansas City strip steak.

Check here for more great steak sandwich recipes and create some of your own with your favorite cuts!


April 13th, 2015

Spring Ingredients

Top Sirloin with Bacon

Oh, sweet spring! The seasonal flavors are what I live for!

There’s just something about spring that’s, well, refreshing.

Carrots! Asparagus! Blueberries!

So many fresh ingredients to incorporate into, say, a Porterhouse steak to springitize it. (I know it’s not a word, but stay with me.)

Instantly turn steaks into springtime fare with citrus accents. So delicious!

Try this recipe for Lemon Herbed Top Sirloin to really ring in the springtime. It’s filled with fresh herbs and refreshing lemon. Just what spring is all about!

Ingredients:
4 Top Sirloin Steaks
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well. Rub Top Sirloin Steaks with mixture. Allow steaks to marinate for 30 minutes to one hour. Place the steaks on a preheated grill. Sear on each side on high heat for 2 -3 minutes. Turn down the heat and cook to your desired doneness.

Servings: 4


April 10th, 2015

Couple Appreciation Month: Dinner for Two?

Two Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

April is Couple Appreciation Month. I take this to mean we should all appreciate couples and if you’re one half of a couple, appreciate your other half.

The way we do that in my house? Food! Good food.

Namely steaks.

Now appreciating your partner might look like filet mignons to you, Porterhouse steaks to your neighbor or ribeyes to your mother-in-law.

However you see it, steaks are the way to go.

Dinner for two with exceptionally grilled steaks and maybe some candles flickering is basically the international language of appreciation and love.

Am I right?

Don’t let this month pass without some couple appreciation in your life. You – and your other half – will be thankful!


April 8th, 2015

How To Clean a Grill Checklist

Filets Strips Ribeyes on Grill

So maybe your awesome Uncle Fred taught you how to grill a steak when you were a youngster. But did anyone ever tell you how to clean that grill?

Truly, the first rule of grilling great steaks is to start with a clean grill.

Here’s a checklist for spring cleaning your grill:

  1. Make sure burners are off.
  2. Use a wire brush to scrape off last season’s remnants.
  3. If your grates are removable, you can wash them in the dishwasher. Just remember to reseason them once you put them back on the grill.
  4. Check your burners for debris and brush off as necessary.
  5. Check the fuel line for cracks or loose connections.
  6. If propane, check fuel levels.
  7. Clean the exterior of the grill with soap and warm water.

Grilling steaks is an artform, but you’ve got to start with a clean canvas! Happy spring grilling, everybody!


April 6th, 2015

Baseball Tailgating Ideas

Burgers and Hot Dogs

We all know that baseball season is just another excuse to tailgate. And that makes me so, so happy!

Watching America’s pastime while eating a steakburger is pure heaven for me. And gathering friends to tailgate together makes it that much sweeter.

Since the weather is starting to warm up, we like to take it outside and throw some steaks on the grill. And burgers, too!

A really nice twist is some delicious sirloin steak sandwiches. Sandwiches are always a hit. But put some steaks inside there and you’ve got fans for life!

What are your favorite baseball tailgating treats?


April 3rd, 2015

Fish Fridays: Crabcake Sauce, Anyone?

Crab Cake

We’ve arrived at another Fish Friday and we’ve got to keep it fresh. Literally.

How about some delicious crabcakes with several sauce choices?

You know, sauces aren’t just for steaks.

But if you absolutely love a certain steak sauce, there’s no reason you can’t try it on your crabcakes. You just might discover a new flavor sensation you didn’t know you were missing in your life!

Or try this amazing Sweet Orange Sauce on for size:

Sweet Orange Sauce

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. & 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
4 tbsp. honey
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced

Directions: Whisk ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Have fun testing out a variety of sauces with your crabcakes this Fish Friday!


April 1st, 2015

Maybe an Easter Dinner Instead?

Spiral Ham with Carrots

We’ve covered the Easter brunch option. But what if you and your family are more accustomed to the sit-down dinner for Easter?

Of course you can still serve a spiral ham. I always do no matter what time it is.

But there are so many more choices to be the star of this show.

If beef is what you’re craving, you can do a standing rib roast or even a prime rib roast. So juicy and delicious!

A Chateaubriand is also very elegant as an Easter dinner. After all, it’s French!

Add twice baked potatoes, a veggie, bread and a carrot cake for dessert and you’re set!

So what are your Easter dinner go-tos?

 


March 30th, 2015

Easter Brunch Ideas

Boneless Ham

Are you a brunch person? Will you be serving a brunch this Easter?

We all know brunch is a breakfast/lunch hybrid that’s served usually mid-morning to around 2 pm. But what you serve is entirely up to you!

One thing that MUST be on my Easter brunch table is a spiral sliced ham. No question.

Spiral ham is just so agreeable. It fits in nicely as a breakfast option but serves just as well at lunch or dinnertime. Thanks, ham!

If its brunch time I always set out lots of fruit – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, apples, melons, you name it!

Not only is fruit light and a wonderful accompaniment, it’s just so colorful and pleasing to the eye!

A quiche is a great option to serve alongside your ham as well. We like egg, cheese and bacon in ours, but have fun experimenting with recipes you like.

If you go the brunch route, what will you be serving at your special Easter brunch?

 


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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

I love experimenting with food and I like to get my family, friends and neighbors involved. They add a lot to my cooking experience by helping me perfect techniques and sharing recipes.

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