Steak

There's a reason steakhouses dot the landscape in every town in America - most of us can't resist the siren call of a juicy, perfectly cooked steak. What cut you choose for steak recipes depends on what you're looking for - and what you want to pay. Flank steak, for example, has killer flavor but can be tough unless it's cooked and sliced correctly. Tenderloin lives up to its "tender" label, but it's expensive, and can be a bit bland. Rib-eyes have lots of fat marbled throughout, which makes them very tender and full of flavor - a great steak for grilling. A T-bone (or Porterhouse) is another good choice, since they've got tenderloin on one side of the bone and a strip steak on the other. If you're on a budget, opt for flank steak (a quick sear is what you're looking for, then cut across the grain on the bias) or sirloin steak (from just behind the short loin; sirloins are large, but thin and lean like flank steak). To get the most out of any cut, however, start with a very hot pan or grill to get a flavorful caramelized crust, then finish the steak to desired degree of doneness at a lower flame. Charred on the outside, pink and juicy within - steak perfection.

Pan Sauce with Steak

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For a sauce option to serve with sauteed chicken breasts rather than beef, substitute dry white wine and reduced-sodium broth for the red wine and beef broth.

Total: 20 mins

Spicy Panbroiled Steak

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If you like beef fajitas, you'll love this variation, flavored with smoky-spicy chipotle peppers.

Total: 25 mins

Keefer's--Diane Sauce

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Delicious Diane Sauce, a recipe shared courtesy of Keefer's, a well-known Chicago steak house, can be prepared in just 30 minutes. Serve it with grilled steaks.

New York Strips with Gorgonzola Butter

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When you don't have time to marinate your steak before grilling, upgrade the flavors by topping the beef with a so-good-it's nearly-illegal gorgonzola butter.

Deep-Dish Steak and Vegetable Pie

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A golden whole wheat pastry tops the savory beef and parsnip filling. Cut the leftover scraps of dough into shapes to decorate the pie.

Peppercorn-Crusted Steak with Baked Parsnip Fries

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Enjoy a restaurant-quality meal of peppercorn-crusted filet mignon and baked parsnip fries at home in around 30 minutes.

Beef Stroganoff

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Steak, mushrooms, and sour cream are brought together in perfect harmony to create this beef stroganoff recipe, which is served over hot noodles.

Coffee-Marinated Beef Skewers with Aioli

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Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

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Roasted red peppers lend a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavor to this succulent fried steak. Sharp Romano cheese and peppery fresh basil add brightness and life, recreating the classic Italian flavors everybody loves. Serve alongside a fresh salad or overtop crisp, steamed green beans, dressed in olive oil and garlic.

Total: 30 mins

Beer-Braised Beef with Potatoes and Cabbage

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We'll let you decide what you do with the extra four ounces of beer that are leftover after pouring a cup into this braised beef recipe.

Beefsteak Chili

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Combine round steak and beans for hearty game-day bowls of chili.

Open-Face Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

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Tender sliced steak dripping with real cheese sauce served on crusty bread may get your mouth watering but it doesn't exactly bring the word "healthy" to mind. You certainly won't think about health when you bite into this decadent sandwich; all you'll be thinking is how insanely good it tastes. But happily you'll know its good for you too moderate in saturated fat, with the goodness of whole grain and an excellent source of eighteen essential nutrients. The trick is to use lean meat, and serve it open-face to keep the portion smart.

Grilled Steaks with Gorgonzola Butter

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Top juicy, grilled steaks with seasoned butter for a simple, yet crowd-pleasing dinner.

Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Charred Zucchini

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No oven is required for this steak and zucchini dinner. The meat and vegetables cook on the grill while the rice is done in a flash in the microwave.

Coriander-Studded Tenderloin Steak

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Seasoned beef tenderloin steaks make for a satisfying low-calorie, low-carb meal.

Beef Steaks Wellington

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Make this extra-special beef dish for a celebratory dinner.

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