Why did I wait so long to get one? A lot of it was cost. I started looking for one last fall thinking that I would buy it for myself for Christmas. But I am a tight-fisted old chick and just would not part with $80 or $100 for a pan. Finally maybe in January or February I found one on sale at COOP (a local grocery) for $20. And it was cast iron.
I am so tickled with it and probably use it 4 or 5 times a week. I go through ‘phases of cooking’ where I am excited about some flavor or taste or ingredient and will continue to make dish after dish with whatever I am currently excited about, tweaking it a bit or trying something a little different. (Fortunately, Ben is very patient about this and never says ‘What? Again?) So in addition to grilling everything I am exploring mustard. Making a grilled mustard marinated chicken served over salad with a mustard vinaigrette and ‘deviled’ panko crumbs. A variation of a recipe in the April/May issue of Fine Cooking. And then there is the Jamie Oliver tip of smearing mustard on the cooked side of a hamburger and then flipping it back over and cooking the mustard side a again for a bit, making a tasty crust. But I have to take it further by making a mustard butter mix, spreading it on the hamburger bun and grilling that too. Hmmmmm.
And of course there is the old stand by, Thai grilled eggplant salad over rice. I have added grilling the shallots. Very tasty too.
Then there is all that leftover steak from sagras. Recently I have been grilling some polenta and maybe a veg or two, then throwing the steak on for just a bit to warm it up and make a nice hot steak salad. Mustard vinaigrette of course.
And then look what I found.
FLANK STEAK!!!!!! You just don’t know what a big deal this is. It is not a normal cut of meat to find. It is lightly marinated. It cooked up just great on the grill pan, served with a mustardy hot German potato salad, of course. In another few weeks I’ll be tired of mustard but I don’t think I’ll tire of the grill pan. I’m so glad I found one.