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Steakhouse-Style Rib Eyes

Jaw-dropping centerpiece dishes require two essentials: salt and time. Preseasoning is the simplest thing you can do to make a good piece of meat great. Given enough time to penetrate tissue, salt works flavor magic: It denatures proteins, breaking up their molecular strands into shorter amino acids—among them an abundance of glutamic acid, the essence of umami—to release a complex symphony of savory flavors. Rich cuts of meat, like a bone-in rib eye, benefit from a dry brine and air dry, which concentrates flavor. Seasoning ahead of time increases iron-y notes in prime-graded cuts of meat and breaks down the connective tissue, resulting in an especially juicy steak.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 (700gms) 1 1/2-inch-thick bone-in rib eye steaks
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Sel gris
DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Holding salt about 30cm above steaks, sprinkle both sides of steaks evenly with salt in a steady stream, pressing slightly to adhere. Place steaks on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Chill, uncovered, 72 hours, turning twice a day.

Step 2
Remove steaks from refrigerator. Let stand 1 hour. Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat oil in a Staub American Square Grill Graphite 26cm over high. Sprinkle steaks evenly with pepper. When a wisp of smoke rises from skillet, add steaks in a single layer, and cook, undisturbed, until a light brown crust forms, about 4 minutes. Flip steaks, and cook 4 minutes. Using tongs, turn steaks on fatty edges, leaning steaks against sides of skillet to keep them stable, if needed. Cook, rolling occasionally to render fat on edges, until caramelized all over, 4 to 5 minutes. Place steaks flat in skillet, and add butter and garlic around steaks.

Step 3
Transfer skillet to preheated oven. Roast steaks 5 minutes. Transfer skillet to stovetop over medium. Slightly tilt skillet toward you so butter pools in bottom of skillet; spoon brown butter over steaks. Carefully flip steaks, and baste again. Return skillet to oven, and roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 55°C, 4 to 6 minutes.

Step 4
Transfer steaks to a cutting board, and let rest 10 minutes. Remove bones, and separate fatty strip from each steak. Slice steak thinly against the grain with 
Wusthof Epicure Steak Knife and reassemble steaks on a platter, fanning slices out slightly. Arrange bones on plates; sprinkle steaks with sel gris.

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