Recipes: Prepare the Perfect Steak
Try these cooking tips for steak and more gourmet food from the chefs at Four Seasons Vail and Hualalai.
While whole books have been written on the subject of grilling, by following just a few essential steps you can prepare prime cuts that have all the mouth-watering flavour you expect from a top-notch steak. Here, Four Seasons chefs from Hualalai and Vail offer steak cooking tips for the home chef, along with recipes for a tasty sauce and side dishe.
James Ebreo, executive sous-chef at Hualalai Grille at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai:
“For great steak flavour, the key is to use a good cut of beef and season it well. I like using Hawaiian sea salt. After cooking the steak, let it rest five minutes before cutting—this helps the steak to hold the flavour and juices.”
Mix together the following:
1 ounce chopped garlic
1 ounce chopped shallots
4 ounces chopped parsley
1 ounce chopped basil
1 teaspoon Sambal chilli paste
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup canola oil
Salt to taste
“Quality is the major key here: Look for prime beef with lots of marbling and then just highlight the flavour of the meat. I use fleur de sel, freshly ground black pepper and a little herb oil. The only thing as important as the quality of the meat is the heat of the grill—with a good infrared grill you can get temperatures in the 700 degree F to 850 degree F range, which is perfect, because you are trying to caramelise the exterior of the meat and get a good ‘crust’ on the outside.”
Flame Macaroni and Cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons seasoned flour (see below)
2 cups milk
1 3/4 cups grated aged cheddar, plus extra for topping
6–8 pieces serrano peppers, seasoned with salt and pepper, grilled, peeled, seeded, minced
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Kosher salt, finely ground
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
Heat butter in a heavy-bottomed pot until foamy. Add seasoned flour while whisking and cook for 4 minutes. Add milk and bring to a slow simmer while whisking. Simmer for 2 minutes. Shut off the heat and add grated cheese and serrano peppers; whisk thoroughly until melted.
Place boiled al dente macaroni into a round casserole container. Cover liberally with warm cheese sauce and grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F until cheese starts to brown.