Have you ever noticed how, at restaurants, even lean cuts of steak come to the table glistening? Then, with the first bite, they taste so rich--and they're never dry! No matter what you do, you just can't figure it out. Is it the professional stove that does it? A wood-fired grill? A fancy cut of meat?
Nope. The secret's in the sauce--and I'm about to spill. The secret is butter.
Maître d’hôtel butter is a mixture of raw butter, parsley, and lemon juice. The butter is spooned over a steak just as it leaves the grill, then melts onto the surface to leave behind only a sheen.
While I'm sharing a major trade secret here, I feel it’s my duty to report to all those trying to make healthy and positive changes in food they eat.
The next time you order a lean steak at a restaurant ask your waiter if the chef finishes the steaks in butter and just say, “No, thank you.” Better yet, save money and grill at home--then add color and flavor to your lean meat with these easy ideas and recipes. (We think these ideas are perfect for a simple Valentine's Day meal!)
Keep it simple: Pick up a prepared sauce
Leave the bottled steak sauce on the shelf. Most brands are prepared with loads of salt (280 mg per 1 tablespoon serving to be exact). Choose one of these instead. Just spoon it over your just-cooked steak, then serve!
Easy "cream" sauces: Just one more step
Start with 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt as a base, then stir in…
Start from scratch (but still ready in no time):
Keep your steak sides simple: steamed broccoli or asparagus and boiled potatoes with herbs are great choices.
What is your favorite way to top your steak?
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