Pan Seared Rib-Eye on a Bed of Garlic Mashed Potato and Buttered Broccoli Florets

I have been logging in about fifty or so hours a week from working two jobs for the last month now. Spring has sprung, and so have my hours. I’ve had begun missing again those slow, quiet weekend afternoon, but ‘work is work,’ and bills have to be paid. It has also been noticeably a bit warm lately, and ‘Old Man Winter’ just passed-by like there never was. After having only a day-off in the last three weeks, I was finally scheduled to have a couple of days-off for the next week coming. That could be quite rare in an industry where every hour of the 36 or so weeks of spring and summer is as precious as gold.

During these busy and sometimes unforgiving days, I would almost always schedule a trip to my favourite dimsum place in Chinatown before finishing up my weekly grocery, haircut, if needed, and banking, which altogether I missed out for the last several weeks. That and Chinatown were my hideaways after a previously hectic schedule before me. Or in some cases, I would grill myself a $7.99/lb. fresh, unfrozen Rib-eye and pair it with either Garlic Mashed or Roasted Red Potatoes, and smother it with Homemade Gravy. After having such satisfying brunch of dimsum, I would definitely fall again into a deep slumber when I reach my apartment; only waking up late in the evening, hungry and craving for another real satisfying meal.

Just about three to four months ago, when I skipped shopping at the Chinatown district, I discovered my ‘Canadian’ meat monger, and everytime I visited his store, there were more meat selection to choose from his display fridge. And, there were no red lights. The store carried very common and popular cuts, however, his were not frozen as compared with those carried by huge supermarket chains or popular European deli counters. The cuts could be a little more expensive, but the major factors for the price were the big difference in taste and the personal touch and care exerted by the butcher to his products. He also had enough inventory to sell for the day.

For tenderness and quality of cut, I would almost always gun for the Rib-eye. It’s considered as the most tender and juiciest part of the Cow or Steer that only a little seasoning is required to cook it to perfection. It also has the most marbling which only connotes to more flavour after cooking.

Ingredients: Serves 1
1 Rib-eye Steak
2 Yukon Gold Potatoes
5-6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Small head of Broccoli
½ of a Beef Bouillon Cube
1 Tbsp. Flour
1 to 2 Tbsp. Butter
½ a Cup of Milk
Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Grilling/Searing Rib-eye
1. Take the steak out of the fridge and leave it at room temperature.

2. Coat with Canola Oil, and season with salt and black pepper.
3. Season your grill pan with oil and salt and make sure it’s hot before starting.
4. Using a butcher’s twine, tie a knot around the steak to hold it in place.
5. Place the meat on the hottest part of the grill pan at a 45’angle for the first cross. Turn it again at another 45’ angle and make the second cross. Be patient and let the grill pan do its thing. Season some more if necessary.
6. Flip the meat once at another 45′ angle and sear for the last time before putting it in a 325’C oven for two minutes or so. Always check the centre of the meat for the desired doneness.

7. Cover loosely with a tin foil and let the meat rest before slicing or serving onto a plate. Pour all the juices or drippings back into Gravy.

Mashed Potato:
1. Start boiling water in a pot. Once it has boiled, drop the potatoes until they become soft enough to be smashed.
2. Throw the boiling water, and in the same pot, start smashing the potatoes. Leave a little water to make the mashing process easier.

3. Start adjusting the consistency with milk and butter and season accordingly. For this Mashed Potato, I substituted milk and butter with Carnation Evaporated Milk and ‘Star’ Margarine. I just wanted to try something new.
4. Add the roasted garlic and continue folding the Mashed Potato. Set aside.

Instant Gravy:
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil and butter at medium to high heat, but don’t let the butter burn. Add about a tablespoon of flour and stir to form a smooth roux. Keep stirring until it turns golden.
2. Add water and the bouillon cube and let it boil to simmer. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes smooth and silky.
3. Strain afterwards.

Broccoli with Garlic and Butter:
1. Blanch the broccoli florets in salted boiling water.
2. When done, remove and let it run in cold water or place it in an ice bath.
3. Mince a couple of garlic cloves for sautéing.
4. In a hot pan, heat some oil, and a little butter. Toss the minced garlic and start sautéing the broccoli florets. Add a little sugar to achieve caramelization. Season to taste.

Just about a decade ago, through my adventurous sister, I had my first taste of the finest cut of meat at Morton’s Steakhouse in Hongkong. That experience changed and moved my perception towards eating steaks. From there, I started learning more about beef in general, and became more interested about the types of meat and meat cuts. I also never knew that I would encounter ‘NY Striploins’ almost everyday of my worklife, and usually paired with eggs and home fries. Having steaks for breakfast was an eye-opener for me as much as Grilled Cheese Sandwich and fries for lunch. Back in the day, I only had Cheez Whiz or Peanut Butter sandwich in my lunch box for my morning snack.

I grew up in a very traditional family where all types of ‘Silogs’ were prepared for brunch during the weekend. Just about twenty years ago, ‘Pancakes’ became a popular brunch spot, up until the noodle houses started sprouting out and serving what many had always wanted. Fastfood chains still dominated the breakfast wars and their prices were affordable and competitive enough to compete with Asian inspired, casual restaurants. A complete, full Continental Breakfast served in a buffet table in many hotels was also totally out of reach to many ordinary and average earning Filipino.


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About The Author: Erwin

When I was growing up, my parents and I used to eat out and try different restaurants after celebrating the Sunday Mass. Moreover, during the course of the summer break, I had the opportunity to see some places which, when looking back, I had never realized how lucky I was as a teen to be able to travel. My family and I went to Europe and some parts of the United States, and what I saw along that path of my life inspired me to become a 'Chef.' The 'whites' they wore for me, during those growing-up and finding 'myself' years, portrayed a sort of fascinating and powerful figure in an extremely sophisticated, higly inviting and invigorating work place; and still maintain an unblemished and clean uniform after a very busy service. That picture of a 'Chef' stuck to my head for so many years. True enough, with meager resources left to spend for the youngest, that dream never happened. Life went on. I went to university and studied an insignificant course, Business Management, and after graduating, I ended up working as a Credit and Financial Analyst in the banking industry in Manila; slugging it out in the corporate arena in Makati. It was the first taste of being called a 'yuppie' and was almost always looking forward to an after-office eating and drinking extravaganza in the expanding and growing Makati Business District; and, of course, the weekend. Anyway, forging ahead to my life today, that dream as 'Chef' stayed in the back of my mind all the time that when I left the Philippines for Toronto in 2003; and after finally settling down on my own in 2005, I had started studying Professional Culinary Arts Courses in the City College to get that almost long-forgotten 'dream' going again. It was a Continuing Education Course, and more or less, students who have also shifted careers or who were trying to find work (like myself) as a newly landed found ourselves working with pots, knives and fire which I believe and I felt, everyone in class have never, ever touched during their past, professional lives. Since then, I have been working in and out of different kitchens; flipping eggs and hamburgers, grilling steaks, shoving bread and chicken in a 500'C oven, and almost anything that can be either deep-fried or toasted just to serve hungry, sometimes pesky, customers. I became a 'grease' cook; a short-order cook with no definite place of employment, and definitely not a 'Chef.' My articles are based on the after-thoughts of my past and present day experiences in this fast-paced, starkling, and sometimes disheveling kitchen environment. I never imagined that a kitchen 'worklife' turned that way as against the 'Ideal' environment I had thought about for years. No regrets. During this journey, I've discovered food which I've never thought I'd be able to taste. I learned to appreciate wine and travel more; now that I have understood the culture of food to society. That was non-existent when I was growing up. This journey has not ended. I'm still discovering and still learning. It's a tough industry to be in and for what's next or for where I'll finally end up in remain a sordid mystery.

Discuss - 7 Comments

  1. definitely a good meal!
    u8mypinkcookies recently posted Sbarro Cheese Pizza

  2. Ribeyes are my top choice, and this meal is well deserved after a tough week!
    the food dude recently posted Eat-All-You-Can Buttermilk Pancakes at Charlie’s Grind & Grill

  3. Iska says:

    This is exactly how I like my steak… medium rare. Well done for one of my boys though.

  4. Dexie says:

    Now that’s a meal. Perfectly cooked steak. That’s how I take mine too.
    Dexie recently posted Got Milk? Chocolate Magical Milk Straws

  5. KM says:

    Wow! I should start learning how to cook steak :) Ribeye is one of my fave cuts too. I like mine well done though ;)

  6. maiylah says:

    i love those grill marks on the meat! your steak looks really juicy! having steaks for breakfast is an eye-opener for me…am not much of a meat eater, but when i do i prefer mine well done. ;)

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Erwin
    maiylah recently posted Star Apple during the Weekend

  7. cheerful says:

    wow, just perfect meal…looks really delicious! i always make mashed potato, but havn’t tried adding roasted garlic, will try it sometime. thanks for that! and oh, i love dimsum…makes me happy! visiting from FTF, thanks for your visit. hope to see you around. thanks and have a great week. :)

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