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The One Ingredient You Need To Take Your Steak To The Next Level

Mashed logo: MainLogoMashed 7/1/2022 Dave Malyon
Steak searing in butter © Suteren/Shutterstock Steak searing in butter

Most carnivores probably know and love various steak recipes that they swear by, but what is the secret ingredient that is a game-changer? What is the trick that clears the playing field of all other culinary contributions and takes your steak-making game to the next level?

Is it the seasoning? According to Taste of Home, cooking a steak without salt, at the very least, is a sure way to spoil it. So, then, is the secret the pungent and aromatic flavors of rosemary basting in butter, or is it your move of brushing your steak with a whole clove of garlic every time you flip it on the grill or stove? 

Chicago Steak Company say that a marinade is essential for the tenderizing and flavoring of steaks. So is it the fruit juice in your favorite marinade recipe, or maybe the addition of chili flakes, brown sugar, pepper, and fresh thyme that make your beef unforgettable? 

The above-mentioned correctly applied to even the most mediocre of beef cuts, are capable of making them delightful, but this is not news.

Cooking Steak In Butter

Butter Steak Dish © Bowen Clausen Photography/Shutterstock Butter Steak Dish

While the use of sunflower, olive oils, or butter is dominant, lard was quite popular during the 19th century, per National Today.

As fate would have it, the development of cotton seed oils put a bad light on pork fat, per Live Science. Near the end of the 20th century, America and Europe migrated away from using lard, in favor of plant based oils as they were cheaper and considered healthier, be that as it may, lard seems to be making a comeback, per Food Dive.

According to The Star, lard has half the saturated fat of butter, making it relatively healthy. It is also rich in vitamin D, and its health benefits are increased if the animals they come from are pastured and grass-fed, per Dr. Kiltz. The flavor is dependent on what quality of lard you buy, say Cooks Illustrated. It can have a neutral or natural meaty taste to it which will be detectable in the food you use it. If you are going to cook your steaks in lard and you would like to enhance its flavor, then the latter is just the grade of lard you sear your steaks with.

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