NY Strip Steak

The secret to a perfectly cooked steak is a really hot pan and making sure the meat is at room temperature.  The recipe below will show you how to make a restaurant quality steak at home.

12-oz. NY strip steak (about 1 inch thick)
kosher salt
fresh cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 sprig of thyme
1 garlic clove, crushed

Let the steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Pat dry on both sides with a paper towel.

Season the steak with salt and black pepper on all sides.

Heat a heavy cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot.  Add oil to pan and swirl to coat.

Add the steak to the pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the butter, thyme and garlic to the pan.

Carefully use a spoon to baste the steaks with the butter constantly for another 1 1/2 minutes.

Remove the steak from the pan and cover loosely with foil.  Let stand for 10 minutes.

Slice the steak diagonally across the grain into slices.  Spoon the remaining butter mixture over the steak.

Serves 1