Last Friday night, Big Guy and I got to have a date night after many weeks without one. It was glorious. Goat cheese and crackers, a glass of wine, the back porch and sunshine. I tried to savor every moment because he’s been gone since date night for work. And what does date night call for according to Big Guy? Ribeyes. We actually were watching “Best Thing I Ever Made: Grilled” and came across this recipe and I knew we would be recreating it.
If you’re a fan of ribeyes, make this. Buy the ribeye today, prep it tomorrow and it will tantalize your taste buds tomorrow for dinner. And yes, you really do need to buy a 24-ounce ribeye, bone-in, about 2 1/2 inches thick.
I gasped when I saw the size of this thing. Twelve hours before you plan on eating this bad boy, season it with EVOO, salt and pepper (be liberal). Wrap in saran wrap and let it hang out in the fridge while you do the whole “work” thing and day dream about dinner. An hour before you plan to eat, remove from the fridge and let it sit. This is when you drink your wine or cocktail.
I put my own spin on the Romaine Marmalade and Watercress. I bought one bunch of watercress and two heads of lettuce. To make this more of a salad, I drizzled the romaine with EVOO and Big Guy threw them on the grill with the steaks. Once charred, he removed and I chopped. Meanwhile, through the watercress, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, pepper and oil into your food processor. Give it a good whirl, then toss with the grilled lettuce.
The steak will take a good 20-25 minutes to cook. Big Guy’s got it down pat…I won’t even act like I know what I’m talking about. Once it’s cooked to your liking, medium-rare around here, remove from grill, place two pats of butter on top, tent with foil and let it rest. Pour more wine.
Slice and place on top of the salad.
This steak was like butter, I tell you. Cooked to perfection. So flavorful and beautifully seasoned with simply salt and pepper. And the salad! Better than I ever expected. The grilled romaine had a pleasant texture and the herbs added brightness to a rather “heavy” dinner. Lemon juice added some zing to the plate.
So when’s our next date night, Big Guy?