August 13 is National Filet Mignon Day. This cut of beef is one of the best steaks you can buy. It’s lean, tender and juicy and full of great beef flavor. Filet Mignon is often relegated to special occasions – but it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s what to look for when choosing Filet Mignon and other types of steak for your grill at home.
Filet Mignon is know for its thickness and tenderness. You want to choose a piece of meat that’s about the same thickness so it will cook evenly over the high temperature on your grill. Look for flecks of fat through the meat. This “marbling” will turn into delicious flavor when you cook your steak. Want to dress up your steak? Wrapping a slice of bacon or two around Filet Mignon is a classic way to prepare this cut of meat.
NY Strip Steak
NY Strip Steaks are incredibly versatile. This steak is full of flavor thanks to the marbling of fat throughout the meat. The key to buying a good NY Strip to make sure it’s the same thickness throughout so it cooks evenly. You also want to look for ribbons of fat running through the meat to keep it juicy and tender on the grill. If you want a great topping for NY Strip Steak – click here.
If you love a really ‘beefy’ steak – grab a ribeye. Better yet – buy a bone-in ribeye to get the most flavor in your steak. Ribeyes are great steaks for true ‘meat eaters,’ thanks to the meat’s rich, beefy flavor. Marbling is key with this cut of meat.
Flank steak is a lean, thin piece of steak. It’s perfect for fajitas, steak salads and serving a crowd. Flank Steaks are so lean there’s not a lot of fat or marbling in them – so you’ll want to marinade this steak before grilling or broiling the meat. This marinade for flank steak from Martha Stewart uses soy, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to infuse some amazing flavor into the meat.
Choosing the Best Steak
No matter which cut of meat you’re looking for at the grocery store or while you’re grocery shopping online, choose a thick cut of eat. A steak that’s at least one inch thick will brown on the outside while still staying medium rare for you on the inside.
You also want a cut of meat that is deep red in color with white specks or lines of fat running through it.
How long should you store steak? Steak will have the best flavor for up to two days and stay fresh for up to three days. You can freeze steak – but it’s going to be at its peak right after you buy it.
Now matter what steak you’re buying at Coborn’s or having delivered in the Twin Cities from CobornsDelivers – you’ll get a great piece of beef! To learn more about our Minnesota-raised Hereford beef, click here to read our blog about our family farmers!.
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