You walk into a fancy steak house restaurant with the intention of ordering the most expensive cut on the menu.
No this isn’t some bad joke. Besides I don’t tell bad jokes…only good ones. ☺
Ok so back to the menu, what do you see?
Ribeye, hmmm $23 – nope not expensive enough
Prime Rib, better, mmm so juicy and tender – $26 – still not the most expensive.
New York Strip – slick – $28 – now you’re getting warmer.
Filet Minon – small, petit, fat, round and $35 – DING DING you have a winner.
“Excuse me waiter, I have money to burn and only want your most expensive steak if you please.” You order nicely, flashing your Dolce & Cabana scarf & propping your Prada sunglasses on your head. – What’s in a name? More over, what’s in a steak. Order any steak on any menu and the filet will always come with a sticker tag almost equivalent to that of a small car….ok a Smart Car at least. Now granted the filet comes from the short loin of the cow so it is the most tender. But in these economic times you can go out to eat and still buy an excellent steak. Ok so here’s the 411 on beef and how to save some money at home AND at the restaurants.
This is a T-Bone – say hello. Thank you to all the cows who gave your lives so we could eat steak. I hope you died humanely.
This is an amazing steak. It’s tender and juicy and honestly big enough to feed three people. No really it is. If your man is eating the whole thing…. time to teach him the 101 on portion sizes, or get him to a cardiologist.
I know you’re thinking “Tara I thought we were talking about filet minon, why are we looking at a T-Bone? Has your ADD kicked in again?”
No I promise it hasn’t. The T-Bone has a bone shaped like a T (stay with me) and a cut of meat on either side. Here let’s take another look.
So now we have a better look of that big old steak. More proportionate don’t you think? So here’s the secret. Ready?
Seee what I mean. A T-Bone is actually two cuts of meat that you pay a really high price for when you go out or go shopping. The T-Bone rarely costs more than what these two purchased separately do. Ok but you’re looking at that thin ragged cut labeled “filet minon” and thinking “That doesn’t look like the kind of filet I’ve ever ordered.” And you would be right. That’s the “gotcha”. See not all Old Betsy’s and Bill’s develop those big round juicy parts that are sold as filets. The price you pay is for the rarity of the getting that big fat, round, juicy steak on your plate.
Here’s a side by side of two.
Both of these came off T-Bones I bought at the meat market yesterday on sale for $6.89 lbs. I checked the price on the steaks separately and they were $21.00 lb. OUCH! That’s a lot of coin for the butcher to cut them off the bone for me.
Ok so although the filet is the mot tender cut, there is one that is twice and big and nearly as juicy and tender a “prime” cut of meat….Yeah the Prime Rib! How’d you guess? Granted those listed above are still excellent choices but why pay more for less, right? At least at home. When you’re shopping for beef at home look for T-Bones on sale and check for the ones that have a nice full filet. When you’re at a restaurant order a prime rib or a T-Bone and split them. Both are always enough for two and have outstanding flavor.
In my next post, we’re cutting up one of these Strip beauties and making a dish that goes straight to anyones heart….well unless you’re a vegetarian. I’ll work on an equivalent.