Skirt steak and American Idol

I have to admit that I’m a big American Idol fan. I just love the show, and Simon Cowell. My favorite part is obviously to eat a nice steak with a fresh salad and a nice glass of red wine.

As far as steak goes, i was surprised to find that the New York steak is one of the most popular in the US. This is mainly because it’s perceived as a piece of meat with low fat. Well, let me tell you this: fat in meat is the best! Here’s why:

1/ If you have fat around the steak, or on one side of the steak, you can use that side to cook it. That way, your meat will be tender and not burned. This is the way to cook fish like trout, mackerel etc…

2/ The fat in the meat (like a ribeye steak) will melt when you cook it. And that bring a whole new taste to your meat. And it’s damn good!

One of my favorite piece of meat is the skirt steak (bavette in french!). It’s one of the cheapest and yet one of the most delicious. An Argentinean friend showed me how to cook it perfectly. When you buy it at the butcher, ask for the piece that is not prepared yet, which means the piece with a huge amount of fat around it. Take the fat out of one side, and leave it on the other (you may want to make it a bit thiner but do not get rid of it!). Lot of salt, some pepper. On a very slow heat, cook it, skin side down, until the meat is ready. The skin will be hard like hell, and very dark. But the meat will be very juicy. Do not forget to let the meat rest for 5 minutes after you cooked it. It will bring the juices out and through the meat.

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