I remember a time when I felt sort of ashamed in many restaurants. As I would sit and enjoy something fried, drenched in gravy or dripping with luscious fat, there always seemed to be someone nearby who went the salad route. And it rarely failed that we’d exchange glances — mine friendly and theirs usually […]
Brown is beautiful
When you are looking for a rich brown crust on meat or seafood, steam is the enemy. Here are a few tips on achieving what you see on all of those magazine covers.
- Blot the surface of meat, shrimp or scallops with a dry paper towel before placing into a hot oiled pan.
- For fish, let it rest — skin side down — on a paper towel, then sear the skin side first.
- Sprinkle just a small pinch of sugar onto the meat that is to be seared (this works great for scallops). In most cases, it won’t affect the end flavor result, but nothing caramelizes more quickly than sugar itself.
- Looking for a beautiful brown-crusted burger? Cook it in cast iron on medium-high heat.
- Whatever you’re cooking, don’t crowd the pan!