A well proven formula: steak + onions + garlic = yum.
Thinly slice the steak, add some cheese, and you have the makings of an awesome cheese steak. Make a compound butter with the garlic, caramelize the onions, and serve on top of a rare strip steak, genius. The possibilities are endless.
In the Philippines, they serve steak and onions an amazing soy/citrus sauce using calamansi fruit. Salty and acidic, it complements the steak beautifully, a perfect counterpoint for the beefy savoriness of the meat. Definitely maximum yum.
Not having a source of calamansi, a mixture of lemon and orange will do the trick.
Serves 4, Takes 45 minutes
|Mise en Place|
|1/4 cup||soy sauce||2 large||lemons, juiced|
|2 tbs||olive oil||1/2 navel orange||juiced|
|kosher salt||1 head||garlic, cloves smashed|
|pepper||1 large||white onion, sliced into rings|
|1/4 cup||water||10 fresh||bay leaves|
|2 lb rib eye||cut 1/2″ thick, sliced in random pieces|
|1||skillet, with lid|
|2||combine lemon juice, orange juice, and soy in bowl. set aside|
|3||heat oil in skillet over medium low heat|
|4||cook bay leaves 2 minutes, extract and put on platter|
|5||cook garlic till it takes on a bit of color, extract and put on platter|
|6||raise heat to medium hot|
|7||cook steak in batches, a minute or two a side, evac to platter|
|8||add onions to skillet in a single layer, sprinkle with salt|
|9||let onions cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, till they take on some color|
|10||flip onions, add water, and cover. steam for 2 minutes|
|11||evac onions to platter|
|13||reduce heat to medium low|
|14||melt butter in pan|
|15||add sauce mixture to pan, scrape up any brown bits|
|16||add any accumulated juices on platter to pan|
|17||reduce till syrupy|
|18||mix onions, steak, garlic, and bay leaves together on platter|
|19||pour sauce over top through a strainer|
I sliced ribeyes in half and then made the pieces to cook by cutting them around the internal fat, sinew. You want the pieces to be random and about 2-3 inches in width/length. Think 3-4 pieces when cut with a knife.