35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table
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35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide

35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


Nothing in the world makes me happier than when my wifes happy. And that saying about the way to a mans heart is through his stomach equally applies to my missus. She works so hard for our family and she deserves nothing but the best.


So on the occasion of her birthday recently, I made sure she had the best: this magnificent 35-day aged Cote de Boeuf, sourced from a butchers of distinction (yes, thats you Liviu and Freddy).


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


It is a wondrous piece of meat. The breed: Lincoln Red. It smells of blue cheese and wet socks drying on the radiator, but it has the texture of silk and the intense beefy flavour of a stock cube.


A cut such as this needs spoiling as much as I like to spoil the missus.


Of course, I could just chuck it onto a white hot grill pan, which would produce marvellous results. But I wanted to make sure this would be perfect in every way: a medium-rare interior that was nice and warm, with a lovely crust.


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


Sous Vide was the way to go.


If youre not familiar with Sous Vide cooking, it is essentially a method of cooking food for a very long time at a very low temperature less than 100C i.e. the boiling point of water.


This long process breaks down the fat and the tough connective tissues in the meat, making it incredibly tender, and the low temperature means that the juices in the meat dont evaporate into thin air so youre left with wonderfully moist steak.


Seal the steak in a vac pack before immersing in a Sous Vide water bath set to 58.5C for medium-rare.


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


And leave it there for five hours.


Half an hour before youre ready to eat, heat a grill pan or cast iron pan on the hob until its smoking hot, then snip open the bag, drain out any juices, then rub the meat with oil.


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


Then¦.sssssssssszzzzzzzzzzzzzz¦.. onto the grill pan for a minute each side to create a Maillard Reaction the process of browning the meat by turning the sugars and amino acids in the meat into a crunchy crust.


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


After resting the steak for a few minutes, I carved it into thick slices and served it with whatever you fancy. In this case, I went for onion rings and herby garlic mushrooms.


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


 


35-Day Aged Cote De Boeuf Cooked Sous Vide, Lay The Table


Perfection!


 


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Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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