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Love Me Tender (Chuck Steaks) 
May 9, 2010 12:39 pm 
Updated: May 10, 2010 2:22 pm
Chuck steaks were on sale this past week at the grocery. These particular ones were named "chuck tender steaks" and they looked a lot like filet mignon. They were nearly the same price as ground beef, and so, they got my attention. I bought a package, then wondered if I'd made a mistake.

I looked up chuck steaks online and on AllRecipes in particular, and most references to chuck steak talked about a tough cut of meat that needed to be beaten and slow-cooked into submission. However, these were called Chuck TENDER steaks... I decided to put my faith in labeling and see what happens. I marinated the little steaks in a favorite blend of mine- apple cidar vinegar, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce, for about an hour.

I then heated up my grill pan. I grill on it freqently because I live in an apartment complex that doesn't allow grills near the apartments for fear of fire.
Anyway, I grilled my precious Chuck Tender Steaks for about 5 minutes per side, while I made some steak fries and peas to go with them.

When they were done to my liking (medium rare), I removed them from the grill and let them rest for about 5 minutes.
I assembled my meal and cut into my steak...

Now, this was not a fork-cut tender steak. I am of the opinion that a steak should NOT be fork tender. It was not tough. In my mind it was a perfect little steak with great flavor and just enough 'chew' to let me know it was a steak. I was well-pleased with these little steaks and will look for them again. I hope they continue to be as inexpensive as they were this week!

May 9, 2010 12:55 pm
looks like a great meal! nice pictures! great side dishes...god i wish my would/ could cook!! we get chuck steaks in south ga. too. i usually beat them senseless and marinade like you (great marinade btw) and slow/ low grill em. good stuff!
May 9, 2010 12:56 pm
Sounds like you found yourself a bargain! I'm a firm believer in the vinegar marinade for the less expensive cuts. It works great on lean wild game as well. Happy Eating TLW! You've always been very kind to me and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day. Off to plant my Leeks :)
May 9, 2010 1:00 pm
gderr, I didn't tenderized these at all... the "tender" on the label was accurate. All I did was marinate them and grill them. :) Nicole, thank you for your kind comments, have fun playing in the dirt!!
May 9, 2010 1:11 pm
Thanks for your blog, TLW. Good info as I love to grill and get in a rut with certain cuts of meat! Your marinade sounds yummy, will have to give that a try! Enjoy your day!
May 9, 2010 1:58 pm
There is a small, family owned chain of stores here that has these on the cheap quite often and I just love them. They really are nice, lean, plenty tender steaks that won't send you to the poor house. Great find TLW!
May 10, 2010 5:08 am
A great tool for "cooked outdoors" taste is the stovetop smoker. My friend gets hers to smoking, put the steaks in for five minutes and then grills them on a grill pan. I've seen the smokers from $30.00 for stainless steel up to $120.00 for a cast iron. The cast iron is better if you are going to cook the meal in a smoker.
May 10, 2010 2:22 pm
Those look good. BTW thanks for the advice on the Greek food website. Found it and I think I'll make a passable stuffed grape leaf the first time. Since it's been cool here I may have to wait a few more days. The leaves aren't quite stuffable size.
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