It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Summer was meant for this. Steak and veggies on the grill.
Don’t freak out at the size of that steak. I didn’t eat the whole thing, although Husband sure did. His excuse, “it won’t be as good microwaved tomorrow for lunch.” Perhaps, but that’s a full pound of beef!
That wonderful, delicious, tender beef came fresh from our local butcher, Old World Meats, in Duluth. When you walk into Old World Meats the first thing you smell is amazing smoked fish. You instantly want to purchase everything you see, but take your time looking. There are more options than you think! Cheeses—all different kinds, all different flavors, some smoked, some exotic, all delicious—, hickory smoked baked potatoes, a crazy amount of different brats—Blueberry Wild Rice Brats, Honey Dijon Brats, Buffalo Chicken Brats, and so many other kinds of interesting brats, I didn’t have time to memorize them all—, and of course all different manner of sausages, steaks, ground meat… anything you can think of. The point of this story is there is absolutely no equal to fresh meat from your local butcher. It smells better, it tastes better, it feels better, it cooks better, it cuts better… It. Is. Better.
Anyway, we know nothing about steaks so every time we go in we ask their opinion. They are always friendly and never steer us wrong. It is quite expensive though, so this is a once-a-year treat for us. This time we went with the $15/lb Rib-eye. Each steak was 1 pound so we spent $30 on two (which can last some of us for several meals).
To prepare them, we did absolutely nothing. Just slapped them on the grill. Husband piled the hot coals in a line down the middle of the grill, seared the steaks over that, then moved them to the sides to finish cooking over indirect heat. At the very end, he added marinaded sliced zucchini and yellow squash to the grill, just for a couple minutes. Then we ate. Very simple, very delicious. You don’t have to do much when you start with amazing ingredients!
Oh, and don’t forget the beer! I have never been a beer drinker, try as I might. Beer is cheap and is readily available and I have never been able to drink it without making a stink-face. Any time Husband tries a new beer, I try it too. I went to a beer-fest hoping I could shock my system into liking it. No luck. But finally, after ten years of trying to be a cheap date I have found a beer that I like. Hefeweizen. It’s just a German lager that is light and has a hint of citrus to it, and it’s not overly hoppy (which is the flavor I dislike the most in beer; though too malty is gross too). It went great with my steak!