Our butcher reveals all about economical “off-cuts” in a Tasting Table post yesterday. In case you missed it, here are his four favorite recommendations. For the full article click here.
Chicken steak ($7 a pound) This cut gets its name from that Southern staple, the chicken-fried steak. Mayer cuts his thicker for a more classic appearance, and says it’s equally great battered and fried or simply grilled.
Faux hanger ($10 a pound) Also know as the sirloin flap, this skinny steak dangles off the loin. Seared hard on all sides to give it a nice crust, this cut’s texture is similar to the one-per-cow hanger steak, a butcher’s favorite.
Faux tenderloin ($10 a pound) This lean steak feels and tastes like a tenderloin, but it’s cut from a muscle (the terrace major) that sits on top of the shoulder blade. Mayer wraps each slab in bacon, which seasons the meat as it roasts.
Flat iron ($8 a pound) Of the four, this steak is the most popular among local chefs. Also cut from the shoulder, it needs a couple of whacks from a meat tenderizer before getting a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper and a few minutes per side in a hot-and-heavy skillet.
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