Steak of course! And what do I find in my freezer but a couple of prime New York strips. A simple preparation here. Defrost, then bring steaks out and let come close to room temp before grilling. Salt and pepper generously both sides of the steaks. Grill to your desired temp. Top with a pad of butter and some crumbled blue cheese. I love Maytag Blue. Now here's the extra treat.
Sweet onion rings:
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup beer
2 tablespoons vodka
Canola or peanut oil (for deep-frying)
1 large sweet onion, sliced thin, about 1/8 - 1/4"
Sift together flour, salt, chipotle, cayenne and baking powder into a large bowl. Whisk in beer and vodka. Heat oil in a large heavy pot to 350f. In batches, depending on how large your bowl and pot are, put onion slices into the batter, shake off excess and then dip each individually into the oil. Let fry for a few minutes until golden. Don't crowd the pot. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat.
As a side note, our friend Dan recently changed my mind completely about bourbon. To get through the frying process for the onion rings, mix one excellent Manhattan.
Stir, do not shake. Orange peel garnish, instead of maraschino cherry. Use a single barrel Kentucky bourbon.