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Yes, You Can Microwave A Steak, Here’s How To Properly Do It

I feel like I’m just asking for a slap in the face from every notable chef that’s ever lived, but it’s got to be said – you can cook a steak in the microwave.

Granted, this may not be the best or even the most appropriate method for cooking meat, but it is possible, which means there’s hope for those of us who still need our training wheels on when it comes to cooking or just don’t have access to a grill or stove.

Steak is one of those things that one would think to be challenging but is really rather simple. With the right cut, all it needs is salt, pepper and timing.

salt-and-pepper

So producing a beautiful, tasty steak via the microwave is certainly achievable, but there are a few important things to remember when doing so:

  • Do not use oil. That will most likely leave you with a disgusting, burnt piece of meat.
  • If your microwave does not rotate, remember to turn the steak every so often to cook more evenly.

Cooking on HIGH will cook your steak faster but not necessarily better. Cooking on MEDIUM for a longer amount of time will make sure the meat remains extra juicy.

RECIPE

You’ll need…

  • one sirloin steak (about one-inch thick)
  • salt
  • pepper

 

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  1. Remove the sirloin steak from the fridge and leave it out for an hour or two until it comes to room temperature. This will prevent the steak from drying out too much in the microwave.
  2. Pat the steak down gently with paper towels. Then, season both sides with salt, pepper, or whatever other spices you prefer.
  3. Place the steak in a microwave safe dish for five to seven minutes on HIGH, flipping the steak once halfway through.

Cooking time will vary depending on how thick your steak is and how you like it cooked, but this method will yield a medium­-cooked steak.

WRAP UP

Your finished microwave steak should be slightly reminiscent of one of those “easy A” classes — sure, you didn’t have to think too hard or put in a significant amount of effort to achieve the end result, but nevertheless, that result is still satisfying.

Now I can enjoy my steak, relax, and catch up on Empire.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Just Unveiled Their BIGGEST BURGERS Ever

Mcd-Sirloin-Burgers

McDonald’s has announced a new line of premium burgers: the Sirloin Third Pound burgers. The burgers will be hitting McDonald’s menus later this April. Like it’s spiritual predecessor The Angus Third Pound burgers, the sandwiches will this time feature sirloin meat rather than Angus.

McDonald’s three new burgers will be the Steakhouse, Bacon & Cheese and Lettuce & Tomato. The Steakhouse will feature sautéed mushrooms, white cheddar cheese, grilled onions and a creamy peppercorn sauce. The Bacon & Cheese boasts bacon, red onion, white cheddar, pickles, mustard and ketchup. Finally, the Lettuce & Tomato is made up of red onion, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar, mayo and mustard.

All of the burgers will sport a 1/3 pound 100% sirloin patty. The biggest burger offering McDonald’s has since they discontinued the Angust line.

Unlike the fairly expensive Angus burgers, the new line of Sirloin Third Pound burgers will cost about $5 each (prices may vary depending on the franchise). This is due to the many complaints McDonald’s customers had about how pricy the Angus burgers became back in 2013.

The Sirloin Third Pounders will be at participating McDonald’s locations for a limited time only.

 

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Australia Has a Sirloin Steak Menu and We Don’t

McD-Steak-Garlic-Wrap

McDonald’s is adding a steak-filled lineup at their Australia locations. This menu consists of four wraps and a salad, all of which include sirloin steak. Because who doesn’t love huge chunks of steak in their salad?

The menu begins with the featured Steak and Garlic Aioli McWrap made with marinated, slow-cooked and grilled slices of sirloin topped with tomatoes, lettuce and garlic aioli inside a flour tortilla. The $3 Mini Steak Taster is a smaller version of the aforementioned Steak and Garlic Wrap except without the tomatoes. Barbecue enthusiasts may want to take a look at the Steak and BBQ McWrap which features sliced steak, lettuce, tomatoes and barbecue sauce inside a tortilla.

For the breakfast lovers, there’s the Steak and Egg Brekkie (Breakfast) Wrap which comes with chunks of sirloin, scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled onions and barbecue sauce wrapped in a tortilla.

Finally, because there’s always someone at the party who orders a salad, the menu features a Steak Salad with Thai Dressing that comes with strips of steak, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, red cabbage, carrots and lettuce topped with a Thai-style dressing.

McD-Steak-Pop-Up

As a means to promote this beefy menu, McDonald’s Australia has created a pop-up in the shape of a giant lunchbox. They’re calling it the Big Lunchbox. Patrons of McDonald’s Australia, be sure to keep an eye out for the Big Lunchbox as it will be in Melbourne this week and move through Sydney, the Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide soon after.

H/T Brand Eating

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Restaurants

Applebee’s Launches New Menu Items – Stacked, Stuffed & Topped

Applebees 2011 New Entrees Stacked Stuffed Topped Dishes

Casual Dining Chain Applebee’s is launching a new menu platform this week entitled Stacked, Stuffed & Topped which includes new steak, pasta and salad offerings. The new menu items start at $9.99.  The newest items include the Florentine Topped House Sirloin, Chicken Parmesan Stack, Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops Appetizer and the Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad. These menu items join the already existing Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettucini (pictured below).

Applebee’s has been consistently revamping its menu, with representatives claiming that more than 80 percent of its menu has been updated or improved in the last 18 months. The chain also released their New Summer Cocktails recently.

Applebee's Provolone Stuffed Meatballs
Applebee's Provolone Stuffed Meatballs
Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad &  Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops
Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad & Stuffed Meatballs & Mozzarella Scoops
Applebee's Chicken Parmesan Stack &  Florentine Topped House Sirloin
Chicken Parmesan Stack & Florentine Topped House Sirloin

 

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Cravings

The Smoker Burger

There’s something about this picture that simply makes my heart skip a beat. It just looks tantalizing, everything about it is glistening. We’re looking at a 1/2 pound of Super Beef (grass fed Rib Eye/Sirloin/Prime Rib) patty, Havarti Cheese, 7 pieces of Maple Bacon (yeeeeuh!), Sauteed Onions and a house made Organic Smoked Pepper Mayo all sitting on an organic Essential Baking Company kaiser roll. This picture comes courtesy pouryourheartintoit from the Lunchbox Laboratory in Seattle, WA.

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Cravings

Craving: Sirloin Bacon Jalapeno Almond Mole

An almond mole sauce that is described as “the mexican equivalent of a hearty, smoother, vodka pasta sauce” (EpicPortions). The dish is further topped with sirloin tips, bacon, and slices of jalapeno. If you’re ever in Salt Lake City, UT, the place to check out for this dish is Red Iguana!

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Hit-Or-Miss

Pic of the Day: Lankford’s Gluttoneer

A half pound prime rib/sirloin/rib eye patty, american cheese, onions, maple bacon, hot link sausage, ketchup and honey mustard. (Thx Matthew)

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Pic of the Day: Sirloin Steak Bites

Thank you! (The Pioneer Woman)