This is a food column, not a dating one, and I’m not calling Judge Jenkins on you. I’m here to help you with a problem we all face when our favorite restaurants are closed: Your date DOES NOT want fast food on Friday night.
And chef John Tesar was there to help me last Friday with a massive hunk of dry-aged, bone-in rib-eye from 44 Farms.
Tesar has long made what I consider to be the best steak in town — the 240-day, dry-aged rib-eye at Knife, his restaurant in the Highland Hotel (there’s another location in Plano). He’s now offering those steaks for you to cook at home: They’re from his own private stash, but aged with the same expertise he brings to, er, brought to restaurant dining.
“Now is not the time for snobbery or gouging,” Tesar says. “I don’t believe anything coming out of the feds. I do believe Bill Gates, and I think we’re in this for 10 to 12 weeks.”
But wait, John, aren’t I just going to go home and screw up this perfect steak?
“No, it’s super easy. Season it with some salt and pepper and cook it in olive oil on cast iron for 5 to 6 minutes a side to get a really good medium-rare. Or you can finish it in the oven for a medium if you’re that person,” he says.
He’s also making a YouTube video, and says you can also call him and he’ll talk you through it. A steak for $25 (or $50 for the huge one I had) AND professional instruction?! Seems too good to be true, but sure enough, I called him and he talked me through it.
For those of you who are used to grilling steaks, you ought to give the traditional French technique a shot. It’s extremely easy and controllable; you just need plenty of ventilation.
“I don’t prefer to grill it. Searing it gives it that wonderful Maillard reaction,” Tesar says. “If you want to grill it, this meat has the integrity for that.”
I turned the leftovers into steak and eggs the next morning, and the meat was so rich, we didn’t get through much of it.
Order by messaging him on Facebook or emailing him. He’s cutting Monday, Wednesday and Friday for pickup at Knife Dallas, 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane. Payment can be made by credit card with a service fee or through Zelle.
You can also order from Knife Plano’s Butcher Shop for pickup at Willowbend, but the price is higher there.
We’re all learning new ways to relate to each other in the age of COVID-19. Sublime steak helps.