Of all the meats, only one warrants its very own class of structure. You’re unlikely to ever come across a lamb house or pork house, but hit up any decent-sized town almost anywhere in the world and you’re sure to find a steakhouse. Steak is king. Steak is what other meats wish they could be. The very best occasions and celebrations call for steak – the bigger the better.
Now we’ve established how great steak is, let’s talk about its versatility. We’ve seen the world’s most expensive steak that’s left to hibernate for 15 years right the way through to a vending machine that serves up steak; not to mention Gordon Ramsay’s 5 very different ways of cooking steak. Steak is truly the gift that gives in every format.
With that in mind, we wanted to take your tastebuds on an epic journey to discover the 11 most delicious ways steak is enjoyed across the globe. Let’s dive in:
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Popular in Italy, the Florentine-style steak, usually served rare, is often a T-bone or porterhouse cut seasoned with rosemary, safe, olive oil, and salt & pepper
Kalbi Flank Steak
A grilled beef dish that’s a staple of Korean barbecue. Flavored with a delicious sweet and savory glaze, it’s often accompanied by vegetables and rice.
The Delmonico Steak
Dating back to the mid-19th century when it was invented in a New York restaurant, the Delmonico steak is an instant classic.
In Mexico and other Central American countries, steak is synonymous with carne asada, Spanish for “grilled meat”. You’ll likely find it served as a filling for mouth-watering tacos.
Steak & Ale Pie
The Steak & Ale Pie can be found in almost any pub in the United Kingdom. If it’s a good one the steak is left to cook super slow for the longest time ensuring that it melts in the mouth. Delicious.
We have the great city of Philly to thank for taking cheesesteaks mainstream. A hoagie roll loaded with thinly sliced steak, melted cheese (your choice of American, Provolone or sometimes Cheddar) and sometimes topped with grilled peppers and onions. They’re one of my favorite things.
Argentinians know a thing or two about good meat, and they’re really onto a winner with their version of the barbecue, known as Asado. The South American nation is one of the world’s largest beef exporters. If you see the words “Argentinian Steakhouse” on the side of a restaurant, it’s often a very good idea to go inside.
Steak & Eggs
The go-to breakfast for anyone bulking-up for beach season, Steak & Eggs is actually an amazing combo that’s enjoyed everywhere from the U.S. to South America. A mainstay on every diner menu across the United States, in South America it’s known as “churrasco a lo pobre” (poor mans steak) in countries like Bolivia, Peru and Chile.
This one may split opinion. Steak Tartate become popular in the western world when Russians introduced the dish of chopped, uncooked meat (usually beef or horse meat), raw egg, and seasoning in Germany. From there it worked its way to Paris and onto the menus of some of the world’s finest restaurants. Nowadays it’s often flavored with a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, hot sauce and ketchup.
A French take on the classic meat-and-potatoes combo, steak-frites is a simple and always delicious way to enjoy steak. Popular in France and across the globe, it’s often served with a bernaise sauce or gravy.
German immigrants introduced the concept of fried steak to the southern United States in the 19th century. In fact, Lamesa, a city in Texas Hill County, declares itself the birthplace of chicken-fried steak. Each year, Lamesa hosts a festival dedicated to this awesome dish.
So there you have it, 11 great ways to enjoy the best ingredient in the world. Did any of these tick your fancy enough to cook up on the weekend? Be great to hear from you!