An evening of dinner at a great steakhouse is a fun way to relax and enjoy good food. When you later try to duplicate the steakhouse food at home, it doesn’t always turn out the same. There are a few tricks that steakhouses and other popular restaurants use to make their food taste better. These four secrets can make your food at home just as delicious as a steakhouse meal.
Refrigerate the Salad Plates
The next time you eat at a nice restaurant, notice how cold your salad plate is when the server brings it to you. The cold salad plate is not by chance. The salad chefs keep the salad plates cooled in a food prep refrigerator. This allows for each salad to be made and served to you cold and fresh. The lettuce and all the other vegetable toppings are more crisp, and they taste more fresh. You don’t want to eat warm lettuce with warm, limp toppings.
When you are at home preparing salads for dinner, refrigerate your salad plates for several hours before your meal. Then, take the salad plates out of the refrigerator just a couple of minutes before you sit down for dinner. The crisp salad that you have made for the meal will taste much better.
Make Salad Dressings from Scratch
You may have noticed that ranch dressing and other salad dressings have a better taste than the dressings that come bottled from the grocery store. Many restaurants, like those serviced by K & D Factory Service Inc, make their own dressings from scratch, which gives them a much better quality. Fresh ranch dressing added on top of a crisp, cold salad makes your restaurant meal especially delicious.
You can make your own homemade ranch dressing at home, completely from scratch.
This is an easy ranch dressing recipe because you simply combine and whisk together all the ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes before drizzling it over your salads.
Bake Potatoes the Right Way
The best restaurant potatoes are baked in an oven at 400 degrees for one hour. The second part of the secret to making the most fluffy, moist baked potatoes is by using the right type of potatoes. According to a member of the Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes will give you the best flavor and fluffiness once they are baked.
You don’t need to use any foil, oil, or salt on the outside of your russet potatoes. Just wash off your potatoes, use a knife to dig out any deep potato eyes, and poke them with a fork a couple times to let out steam while they are baking. When you serve the baked potatoes, spread open the potato with a fork, and press the sides of the potato in and up so you fluff up the potato’s interior. Then, you can add butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, or anything else you wish for toppings..
Temper the Steak Meat
Before a restaurant cooks its steaks, tempering the steak is the most important part of the process. By leaving the steak out of the fridge, at room temperature, you are allowing the meat to warm up so that it cooks more evenly inside, as the outside chars perfectly. Make sure the room is not too warm so that your meat spoils. Depending upon the thickness of your steak, you may need to temper it for anywhere from twenty minutes to several hours.
By using these secret tips to prepare you meals, you can make your food taste like steakhouse food.