Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!
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Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.
And what better way to start your week, then by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by discussing another recipe from the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons, steak.
In the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons, Dead Putting Society (Season 02, Episode 06), when Homer and Bart bump into Ned and Todd Flanders at the Miniature Golf course, Homer is convinced that his son could beat Todd in the upcoming miniature golf tournament. They both enter, and they place a bet on who will win – the father of the boy who doesn’t win having to mow the lawn in his wife’s Sunday dress.
Lisa helps Bart by taking him to the library, applying basic geometry principles, and meditating. When the day of the tournament arrives, Lisa wants Bart to eat oatmeal. However, Homer has Marge prepare steak for Bart.
But have you ever wondered how do you make steak?
So here from the Food Network Canada is a recipe for “Peppercorn-Crusted Steak”:
- 2 Tbsp black peppercorns
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 2 lb(s) top sirloin grilling steak, about an inch thick
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup red wine
- ½ cup beef stock
1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Place peppercorns in resealable bag.
3. Using smooth side of mallet or bottom of heavy saucepan, crush peppercorns to size of sesame seeds.
4. In small bowl, combine peppercorns, garlic, 2 tablespoons (25 mL) of the oil and mustard. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)
5. Trim fat from steak.
6. Spread pepper mixture around edges of steaks; sprinkle with salt.
7. In ovenproof skillet, heat remaining oil over high heat.
8. Sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
9. Roast in oven, turning once, for about 15 minutes for medium-rare or until desired doneness.
10. Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.
11. In same skillet, bring wine and stock to boil, scraping up any brown bits; boil for 2 minutes.
12. Strain through fine meshed sieve; return sauce to skillet.
13. Add cream; boil for 1 minute.
14. Add any accumulated juices from steak to sauce. Serve with steaks.
Now that we know how to make steak, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons from season 2.
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