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Nov 29, 2004 06:45 PM

Ruth Chris...Anyone know how to make their steak at home?

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minus the 1000 degree ovens...just something similar is desireable...
thanks in advance..

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  1. Isn't it 1800 degree broilers???

    Anyway, I saw a cooking show about a year ago where the cook pan-seared 1-1/2 inch filets (iron skillet--HOT) in garlic, salt and olive oil and then finished them off for about 5-10 minutes in a 400 degree oven. I haven't tried it, but it looked pretty good.

    I think the best part about Ruth's Chris is when you order the porterhouse and they bring it out, they cut it up and "finish" it on your piping hot, butter-coated plate!

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    1. re: gina

      I had this, the day after my wedding, with my new husband's family in SF. They are all from New Orleans and grew up going to the original Ruth's. I didn't believe that a chain restaurant could be so great. I'm a convert. My husband and I have talked a few times about trying to recreate the porterhouse at home, but figured it would pale in comparison. Good Luck

      1. re: srr
        culinary nerd

        You can make steak just about as good as Ruth's Chris at home. As other posters have noted, use a very hot cast iron pan, and a hot oven, and a hot plate with butter.

        My additional comments are thus--start off with the best steak you can get and dry age it for 3-7 days in your refrigerator. This month's Fine Cooking magazine has instructions on how to go about dry aging beef at home.

        That is all there is to it--good steak, dry aged, well seasoned and cooked very quickly over very high heat with a butter finish.

    2. j
      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      If my memory serves me correctly, the device they use to broil the steaks at Ruth's Chris is a salamander, a fixture in higher end restaurant kitchens. The best one could do to simulate a salamander in a home oven is to use your broiler, and make sure it gets really, really hot first... we're talking a 30 minute pre-heat here. When you're ready to cook the steaks, put your (oven-safe) serving plates on the bottom rack of the oven to get good and hot, then do the steaks on a broiler pan set as close to the broiler element as possible. Cook the steaks for this long per side:

      4-6 minutes for rare
      5-7 minutes for mid-rare
      6-8 minutes for medium
      7-9 minutes for mid-well
      8-11 minutes for well done

      Take the steaks and plates out, put a pat of butter in the middle of the plate, put the steak on top of the melted butter, and garnish with chopped parsley. NB: This is only going to work if your broiler element is at the very top of your oven.

      1. The closest I get to a restaurant steak is to get a cast iron skillet ripping hot. I'm talking until you start seeing smoke from the pan, hot. Take a steak (make sure its a prime grade steak) thats been sitting at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, lightly oil and then heavily season with salt and pepper. Drop it into the skillet and do not touch it for at least 3 minutes. Flip the steak and do the same. Depending how thick the steak is, you might have to finish it in a 500 degree oven. Then let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes.

        For Ruth's Chris style (even thought I don't particularly like it) heat up an ovenproof plate in the oven while the steak is cooking. After the steak is done and it has rested for a few minutes, take the plate out of the oven, drop some butter on it, and then place the steak on top.

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        1. re: Evan

          Yep, I was turned on to this method by an old thread and I'm sold- the best steak I've ever made! I used a nice ribeye and it was better than 90% of the steaks I've had in restaurants.

        2. Seat on mashed potato, serve up hot English mustard, accompany with Brussells Sprouts with black butter sauce, and butter,honey and sesame glazed carrots. Finally a cold Guinness or bold Cab Sauv, and you will have made your steak quite at home.....

          1. Just cook it directly on the burner to get the charr flavor of a 1900 degree Ruth Chris Broiler.