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45 Day Aged Ribeye Steak Dinner: My Best Yet (Heavy Q-View)

tx smoker

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I posted a thread a couple of days ago on the process I went through aging a 20+ pound rib roast, stated that dinner would be served yesterday, and I'd get the the results of that posted ASAP. I was given no choice but to post it quickly and with detail because Chilerelleno said he has his eye on me. Well...I don't wanna get stared down by no Chile stink-eye. No sir, no way, no how. This one is all for you Chile :emoji_wink: Okay, maybe I want to gloat a bit also because this meal came out amazingly well. This is likely to get lengthy but here's is what was on the menu:

-Appetizer plate with 4 dry aged meats and 2 smoked cheeses
- 2+ pound 45 day aged ribeye steaks
-Stuffed mushrooms
-Twice baked potatoes
-Salad made with all fresh veggies out of a friends garden, who also made the salad
-Homemade cheesecake (provided by one of our guests)

Let's start with the appetizer plate. From left to right: Bresaola, Soppressata, smoked Gouda, smoked extra sharp cheddar, ginger salami, and Lonzino
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Baking dish with a quarter pound of melted butter and about a third of a cup of fresh minced garlic
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Mushrooms with stems removed, cleaned out, and filling mixed up in the bowl (basic recipe for filling to follow later)
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'Shrooms stuffed and sprinkled with parsley
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5 large baked potatoes cut in half, "meat" removed, put in a bowl and mixed for stuffing the taters (basic recipe for the stuffing to follow)
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Taters stuffed and topped with chopped green onions
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The whole spread (minus the salad) ready to cook
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Don't mean to gloat but I'm kinda proud of these steaks :emoji_blush: Seasoned with salt and pepper, that's it.
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Everybody in the pool!!
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Shrooms done first. Going into the oven at 150* to keep warm while the rest of the stuff finishes
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Steaks after the flip
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Steaks all done and off the grill to rest for a few minutes before serving. There are actually 2 in the middle
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Taters done
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The whole spread (2 pics) laid out buffet style. Finally ready to serve
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The small white bowl is garlic butter. Never made it or served it before but the stuff was a HUGE hit and went really well on top of the steaks
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Money shot. This is my 2# of steak left after my wife took her share of it. I've been waiting two months for this and cannot wait to sink my teeth into it.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I've prepared and served thousands of meals but this was by far my best ever. We had a total of 8 people (4 couples) and since each steak was well over 2#, I just cooked 4 steaks, one for each couple to share. The steaks had a very deep, rich aged flavor that is absolutely beyond words...at least with my very limited vocabulary. Originally I intended to cook them sous vide then sear on the grill but a serious lack of planning on my part forced me to drop back 10 and punt. I didn't have a vessel large enough for the steaks or strong enough to hold the amount of water required to get them fully covered. They were also so heavy that the binder clips I was trying to use to hold them in place were not strong enough. I spent over an hour trying different things but just did not have what I needed. There has always been great success just cooking them on the grill so that's what I did....and I have grilled quite a few steaks :emoji_astonished: Interestingly enough, as amazing as the steaks were, the flavor highlight of the show was the mushrooms. At one point I was ready to set aside the steak and just eat 'shrooms. Here are the basic recipes for the fillings.

MUSHROOM FILLING
8 oz softened cream cheese
A coupe ounces of Lonzino finely chopped
Sprinkle of garlic powder
Sprinkle of oregano
Black pepper
Salt
Shredded gourmet Parmesan cheese

POTATO FILLING
The meat from the potato halves
Sour cream
Milk
Butter
About 4 oz. smoked ham finely chopped
Cheddar cheese
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder

For those of you that are perfectionists and want exact amounts and measurements, please don't ask :emoji_wink: I didn't measure or weigh anything. It was all shoot from the hip based on what it tasted like.

Well....by the time I finished my meal (I was only 1 of 2 people to finish their steak), I looked across the table and everybody was pretty much face-down in their plates from a food induced coma. Needless to say, I was very gratified that our best friends got to enjoy a meal like that. You couldn't come close in a restaurant without spending a fortune on each meal...and even then I doubt you could find some of the stuff we enjoyed. There is just nothing like doing it yourself, even if it takes months to put it all together. The time was well worth it and I WILL be doing it again....and Lance, you'll get the first invite, I promise. My only take-away from this is that next time I'll let the meat age for 60 days. I read where SmokinAl has done 45 day aged meats and is planning to let the next one go for 60 days. I have to agree with him. There was definitely a distinctive aged flavor but I was kinda hoping for just a bit more. That's OK though. This was still an amazing meal and it gives me something to look forward to. By the time the next one is ready, we will be eating on the patio, frolicking in the pool, and enjoying adult libations lounging poolside. Can't wait!!

Still in a food coma,
Robert
(NOTE: This one has a lot of stuff going on and could fit into any of several sub-forums. I'm gonna trust the mods to move it as they deem necessary)
 

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Alot of work there!

Looks really awsome! many points for sure!
 

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OMG---I don't even think that stuff is legal to have all in one Meal!!
I'm Jealous---Way too much work for me!!
Awesome Job, Robert !!
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And you've every right to be proud as a peacock and strut around showing this one off.
Damned fine meal, freaking fantastic all the way, a carousel worthy gourmet extravaganza!

Would ya look at those steaks... OMG'osh :emoji_heart_eyes:
 

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"Alot of work there!

Looks really awsome! many points for sure!"


Thank you very much Zippy....and you're right, it was a lot of work but a labor of love. I'd do it again tomorrow. Very much appreciate your commentary.

Robert
 

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"Damn... that all looks top notch!"

Thank you!! Not meaning to sound like an arrogant jerk but it did come out very well. I was a happy camper, as were our friends.

Robert
 

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"OMG---I don't even think that stuff is legal to have all in one Meal!!
I'm Jealous---Way too much work for me!!
Awesome Job, Robert !!
Like"

Thank you Bear. Coming from you sir, that's a very high honor. Appreciate the like.

Robert
 

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"And you've every right to be proud as a peacock and strut around showing this one off.
Damned fine meal, freaking fantastic all the way, a carousel worthy gourmet extravaganza!

Would ya look at those steaks... OMG'osh :emoji_heart_eyes:"

Hey there Chile!! You were quick on the reply button sir :emoji_astonished: Seriously, I laughed at your commentary in the previous post but found it inspirational as well as humorous. There was no way I could post this thread without making mention of you "having your eye on me" with regard to this post. Hey....I have three of those monster steaks left. Feel like making a trip to Texas?

Putting out the welcome mat,
Robert
 

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":emoji_airplane: :emoji_bear: :emoji_airplane:
On my way!!"

Bear"


In my best Tom Bodette voice: "We'll leave the light on". Difference is that you'll have a far more comfortable environment here than you would in a motel 6....and the food will be a lot better :emoji_laughing:

Reaching for the light switch,
Robert
 

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TXS, WOW, Awesome looking spread with some fine goodies, your guests were very lucky to get an invite to that meal! LIKE
 

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Awesome awesome awesome and more awesome. Absolutely fantastic meal no need for dessert there.

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"Damned fine meal, freaking fantastic all the way, a carousel worthy gourmet extravaganza!"

Well Chile, it appears that you're correct as usual. It seems as though out friend pc farmer found the post worthy and it's on the carousel already. Jeez....I didn't mean to be a hog and take more than my fair share of space but I have the first and third spots on the carousel right now.

Awed and very humbled in Lago,
Robert
 

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Hey there Chile!! You were quick on the reply button sir :emoji_astonished: Seriously, I laughed at your commentary in the previous post but found it inspirational as well as humorous. There was no way I could post this thread without making mention of you "having your eye on me" with regard to this post. Hey....I have three of those monster steaks left. Feel like making a trip to Texas?

Putting out the welcome mat,
Robert
LOL... Told you I had an eye on ya.

Thank you, I sure wish I could cause I'd be there for one of those works of culinary art.
You were right to laugh as I was trying to be both, and did you ever deliver.
Incredible steaks and sides.
Congratulations on the Carousel Ride, well deserved.
Your Two'fer is well deserved.
 

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Wow is all I can say! That is a great looking meal. Like!

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"Awesome awesome awesome and more awesome. Absolutely fantastic meal no need for dessert there."

Thank you for the kind words. We did eventually delve into the cheesecake but it took a while for everybody to regain consciousness after the meal. I'm not much into sweets, cakes, candies, etc but I do love a good cheesecake. I just felt horrible that she spent the time making it, transporting it 250 miles from East Texas, and it hardly got touched. There was just WAY too much food and I guess folks considered dessert secondary. That's ok though. I have cheesecake in the fridge for a couple of evenings :emoji_wink:

Robert
 

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