Home Made Dry-Aged Sirloin Steak with Cheesy Roast Fingerling Potatoes


2 sirloin steaks
12 oz fingerling potatoes, cut to the size of the smaller ones
½ C shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 T extra virgin olive oil
½ t granulated garlic
½ t fresh ground pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
2 T chopped fresh chives
2 large garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped into ¼ inch pieces


We wrapped each steak in three to four layers of cheese cloth. Then placed them on a small rack in the bottom of the refrigerator in the back corner of the bottom shelf where the temperature is 34* F. We left them there for four days then unwrapped them at dinner time. We proceeded to cook them in a lightly oiled (EVOO) cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
We checked the internal temperature and flipped them after a minute or two and about one to two minutes after that the internal temperature was aver 130* F (140* F = medium rare). So we removed them and let them rest while we finished and plated the meal.
For the potatoes:
1. Place the cut potatoes, olive oil, pepper, salt, granulated garlic and red pepper flakes in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
2. Arrange potato mixture on a lightly oiled cookie sheet that will fit in you toaster oven if possible.
3. Bake at 400* F for 12 minutes or until almost fork tender.
4. Mix the cheese, chives, cilantro, fresh garlic and green onions and spread on top of the potatoes.
5. Bake for another 9 minutes at 400* F or until fork tender. Then remove and serve.


We received Cook's Illustrated - The Science of Good Cooking as a Christmas gift. One of the articles mentioned that one can dry-age beef in the refrigerator at home. Over the years, we have had occasion to eat dry-aged beef steaks a number of times and they are good; but they are expensive and impossible to get where we live now. So we gave it a try. Our observations are that the meat cut more evenly, was more tender and easier to chew, had a very good flavor and lost no juice to the plate. It was an excellent way to prepare steak. You can see the full process of dry aging on our blog.


2 servings


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:39am

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