Dinner and a Movie

by Ally Harding, 10:10 AM
Theo and I love our steak. So when Theo called me yesterday and said The Teeter has Ribeyes for $7.99/lb and would I want one, Um is that a question?! Now I know red meat isn't that best thing to eat and that's why we don't eat it often. No more than twice a month. So when I do eat it I want it to be good. Ribeyes aren't the leanest but when they're seasoned right and cooked to perfection I kind of prefer them over Filets. Theo has a special way he cooks them. He uses a cast iron skillet and the oven. No grilling. I've named it "Theo's Famous" and today I'm going to give you all the Secret Family Recipe. Ok, maybe it's not really a secret. Anyways, here it is:

{Theo's Famous Steaks}


Steaks and size of you choice
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning


Salt steaks at least an hour in advance. Putting salt on steaks beforehand will draw the moisture out of the steak (which is a very bad thing), however, if done far enough in advance, that moisture will return back to the steak causing an almost brining effect. This can be done a few days in advance, but needs to be done at least an hour before cooking.
Pre heat oven to 500 degrees (after steaks have been sitting for at least in an hour in salt)
Season steaks generously and on each side with Montreal Steak Seasoning, Garlic Powder, and Italian Seasoning.
Place cast iron skillet on burner at highest temperature and wait until cast iron skillet is smoking hot. (A droplet of water on the pan should immediately simmer and evaporate)
Once pan is fully hot and oven is 500 degrees, place steaks on skillet. 
It'll smoke up your house by the way so make sure you have your exhaust on high power and windows and doors are open. Don't forget about that fire alarm too.

Depending on thickness of the steak, cook each side for 3-5 minutes. (Do not move the steaks once you have placed them on the skillet, except to flip them.)
For the steaks you see in the picture, they were 3 minutes on each side and they weighed roughly .75lbs or 12oz. 
Once the second side has been on the skillet for the needed time, place a few pieces of butter on top of each steak and place steaks, still in the cast iron skillet, in the oven.
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Again, depending on the thickness of the steaks, you oven time will vary. For these steaks, he left them in the oven for 4 minutes. For a thicker steak cut like a filet, you may need 5-6 minutes.

Pull the steaks out and place them on your dinner plate. Do not cut right into them as they are still cooking.
"The Chef" recommends waiting a few minutes before eating so that they can cook all the way through. Use the leftover juices in the skillet to pour on top of the steaks. We served ours with asparagus cooked in a skillet with s&p, Italian seasoning, and olive oil.

So you may be wondering what the point of cooking them this way is? Well, it keeps all the flavor in. The top is able to get crispy by searing it in the cast iron and the inside is able to hold in all the juices and flavor by cooking in the oven. Yes, this does make your house smokey but it's only temporarily. I used to hate eating them this way because of that reason, but I love the way steaks taste cooked this way so I deal with it. It's definitely worth trying at least once. Then if you hate it or the smokey house kills you lungs, go back to grilling steaks. But I promise you, if you're a steak lover too you'll love them cooked this way. No need for A1 or Heinz 57 or heaven forbid Ketchup!


Theo saw American Hustle in the theaters and kept saying how I wouldn't like it. He obviously was mistaking for someone else because I really, really liked it. I stayed awake for the whole movie too, which for me is a big deal. The movie is pretty fast paced but towards the end can get a little confusing. We had to stop it here and there for Theo to explain some parts to me. The movie is based in 1978 so the music is awesome. The acting was fab and Amy Adams looked so gorgeous to me. That girl can pull off any character and any time period. Highly recommend watching American Hustle if you haven't already seen it. If you have, watch it again. Theo said some of the confusing parts made more sense the second time around.

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  1. That steak looks heavenly!! I'm going to have to give Gary that recipe for him to copy haha!! We saw American Hustle and I was a total fan!! I actually did a paper in my white collar crime class in college on ABSCAM and it was really interesting to see how they tied in the romance to the actual true events that happened!! Glad you liked it!

  2. American Hustle is on our agenda for the evening!! That is how Perk cooks steaks too! So yummy.

  3. We love steak but never have it at home because I don't know how to cook it! I'll definitely have to surprise my husband and try this sometime!

  4. Butter on steak = perfection (and if the chef doesn't consider it blasphemy, saute' fresh basil with butter and pour it on top after cooking; heaven!). Can't wait to see AH now that it's On Demand!

  5. My mouth is WATERing. I've been trying to cut out pork and beef and do mushrooms and fish instead, but this has totally given me the craving. I want a big, juicy steak now!

    American Hustle is on our "to watch" list. Same with Wolf of Wall Street.

  6. Yum, we're totally coming over the next time Theo makes these steaks! Totally renting that movie too, so many good actors!

  7. oo i loved that movie!! the clothes were so fun.
    and im always down for a steak! we rarely eat red meat so it's such a fun treat. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. I watched American Hustle but didn't get to see the end! I forget why but I had to turn it off.

  9. Yummm I love a good streak and have heard of this technique, is that even the right word? Anyways I'm trying it. I wanted a vast iron skillet anyway so now Ill go get one :)

  10. The steak looks tasty and I absolutely loved that movie!!!

  11. Love steak! Yours looks so good! I'm still debating on whether I should see American Hustle. What exactly is it about?

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle


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